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Welcome to Stanford Sociolinguistics!




Our sociolinguistics program is variation-based, combining a strong emphasis on the social side of variation with a department-wide interest in the linguistic constraints on variation. In keeping with these two emphases, we enjoy vibrant activity in both fieldwork and work with online corpora.

Above all, we pride ourselves on being a friendly and collaborative intellectual community, held together by our common interests and our diversity of ideas.




Style retreat. Half Moon Bay 2006


The Stanford Department of Linguistics is unusual in its overall departmental emphasis on data-rich linguistics. As a result, sociolinguistics is not the poor cousin that it is in many linguistics departments. At Stanford, sociolinguistics is integral to the Department's intellectual agenda.


Style and learning retreat. Point Reyes 2002



Some of the Stanford people at NWAV42.Pittsburgh 2013




Voices of California

We have begun to document the English dialects of California. Each year, just before classes begin, about a dozen members of the department - sociolinguists and non-sociolinguists alike - visit a community in California to interview as large and diverse an assortment of residents as we can. So far, we have been to Merced (2010), Redding (2011) and Bakersfield (2012), and have amassed a corpus of about 350 great interviews. In 2013 we did a weeklong retreat in Half Moon Bay to work with the data we've already collected before going to a new site in 2014. Check out our website.