Johnstown, OH

Research Questions

The original purpose of this project was to examine phonetic properties of sound change at the level of social networks. Several elderly people and a few cross-generational comparisons were made in 1993. Then nearly all the members of one class of sixth-graders in the Johnstown-Monroe School District, as well as 76 of their parents, were interviewed in 1994. In 1999, eight of the former sixth-graders who had formed a social clique in 1994 were reinterviewed to provide longitudinal data.


Thomas, Erik R. 2006.Evidence from Ohio on the Evolution of /ć/. Thomas E. Murray and Beth Lee Simon (eds.), Language Variation and Change in the American Midland: A New Look at “Heartl. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins: 69-89.

Thomas, Erik R. 1996. A Comparison of Variation Patterns of Variables among Sixth-Graders in an Ohio community. Focus on the USA. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.: 149-68

Thomas, Erik R. 2000. Spectral Differences in /ai/ Offsets Conditioned by Voicing of the Following Consonant. Journal of Phonetics, 28.: 1-25.