Reading Groups


Social Dynamics of Language Variation and Change, Humanities Research Institute (formerly Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities) Reading Group, co-Chair with Anna Maria Escobar (Spanish and Portuguese, UIUC)

The reading group focuses on the contact between different types of linguistic varieties in oral, written, and digital communication that are impacting uses of languages in the process. We draw from linguistics and the social and behavioral sciences to examine the sociopolitical and ideological contexts and modes of language contact to discuss outcomes of language variation and change in multilingual settings. In addition to newly published readings, we continue to focus on hypothesis formation and hands-on methods of data analysis.

New Ways of Analyzing Variation 43

In 2014, the SDLVC Reading group contributed to the organization of the 43rd annual New Ways of Analyzing Variation sociolinguistics conference, held in Chicago, IL on October 23-26, 2014. Participating professors and graduate students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois at Chicago regularly gathered during reading group times to plan a memorable NWAV experience.