Faculty Publication: Michael Newman

Michael Newman

New York City English
(De Gruyter, Walter, Inc., 2013)


New York City English is one of the most recognizable of U.S. dialects, and research on it launched modern sociolinguistics. Yet the city’s speech has never before received a comprehensive description and analysis. In this book, Newman examines the differences and similarities among the ways English is spoken by the extraordinarily diverse population living in the New York dialect region. He uses data from a variety of sources, including older dialectological accounts, classic and recent variationist studies, and original research on speakers from around the dialect region. All levels of language are explored, including phonology, morphosyntax, lexicon, and discourse along with a history of English in the region. The book also goes beyond dialectological and historical inventory to examine the complex social meanings of forms used by different groups of New Yorkers. In addition, Newman illustrates the varied forms of sociolinguistic significance with examples from the personal experiences of a variety of New Yorkers, and includes links to sound files on the publisher’s site and videos on YouTube. The result is a rigorous but accessible and compelling account of the English spoken in this great City.
Michael Newman (Queens) serves on the doctoral faculty in Linguistics.

Submitted on: OCT 25, 2014

Category: Linguistics