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Prof. Dr. Charles Boberg

McGill University
Juli 2013


Charles Boberg received his B.A. in Political Science and German from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada, in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, in 1997. His dissertation, supervised by William Labov, examined variation and change in the nativization of foreign-a words in English (foreign words whose primary-stress vowel is spelled with the letter <a>, like drama, macho or pasta). During and following his graduate studies, he worked with Labov and with Sharon Ash on the Atlas of North American English, published by Mouton/de Gruyter in 2006. In 1999, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Linguistics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. There, he initiated research programs on ethno-phonetic variation in Montreal English and on regional phonetic and lexical variation in Canadian English. In 2005, he was appointed Associate Professor of Linguistics at McGill. The results of his several research programs are jointly presented in his book, The English Language in Canada, published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. He is now at work on another book, the Handbook of Dialectology, which he is co-editing with John Nerbonne and Dominic Watt, for Wiley-Blackwell. He will join FRIAS as a senior visiting fellow during the month of July, 2013.


Publikationen (Auswahl)

Monographien und Herausgeberschaften

  • Labov, William, Sharon Ash, and Charles Boberg. 2006. Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology and Sound Change. Berlin: Mouton/de Gruyter.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2010. The English Language in Canada: Status, History and Comparative Analysis. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.


  • Boberg, Charles. 2012. “English in Quebec, Canada: A minority language in contact with French.” World Englishes 31/4: 493-502.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2009. "The Emergence of a new phoneme: Foreign (a) in Canadian English." Language Variation and Change 21/3: 355-380.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2008. "Canadian English vocabulary: National and regional variants." Anglistik 19/2: 65-79.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2008. “Regional phonetic differentiation in Standard Canadian English.” Journal of English Linguistics 36/2: 129-154.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2005. "The Canadian Shift in Montreal." Language Variation and Change 17/2: 133-154.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2005. "The North American Regional Vocabulary Survey: Renewing the study of lexical variation in North American English." American Speech 80/1: 22-60.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2004. "Ethnic Patterns in the Phonetics of Montreal English." Journal of Sociolinguistics 8/4: 538-568.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2004. "The Dialect Topography of Montreal." English World-Wide 25/2: 171-198.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2004. "Real and apparent time in language change: Late adoption of changes in Montreal English." American Speech 79/4: 250-269.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2001. "The Phonological Status of Western New England." American Speech 76: 3-29.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2000. "Geolinguistic diffusion and the U.S.-Canada border." Language Variation and Change 12: 1-24.
  • Boberg, Charles [co-author], and Stephanie Strassel. 2000. "Short-a in Cincinnati: a change in progress." Journal of English Linguistics 28: 108-126.
  • Boberg, Charles. 1999. "The attitudinal component of variation in American English foreign (a) nativization." Journal of Language and Social Psychology 18: 49-61.
  • Guy, Gregory, and Charles Boberg [second author]. 1997. “Inherent variability and the obligatory contour principle.” Language Variation and Change 9: 149-164.


  • Boberg, Charles. To appear. “North American English.” In John Levis and Marnie Reed (eds.), Handbook of English Pronunciation (New York: Wiley-Blackwell).
  • Boberg, Charles. To appear. “Borders in North American English.” In Dominic Watt and Carmen Llamas, eds., Borders and Identities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).
  • Boberg, Charles. In press. “Written survey methods in sociolinguistics.” In Becky Childs, Christine Mallinson and Gerard Van Herk, eds., Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications (London: Routledge).
  • Boberg, Charles. 2012. “Standard Canadian English.” In Raymond Hickey, ed., Standards of English: Codified Varieties around the World (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), 159-178.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2012. “Ethnic dialects in North American English.” In Terttu Nevalainen and Elizabeth Closs Traugott, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of English (New York: Oxford University Press), 538-548.
  • Boberg, Charles. 2004. "Canadian English." In Bernd Kortmann and Edgar W. Schneider, eds., A Handbook of varieties of English: the Americas and the Caribbean. Berlin: Mouton/de Gruyter, 351-365.


Consultation on a Handbook of Dialectology

During the month he will be at FRIAS, Dr. Boberg plans to acquaint himself better with current dialectological research in Europe, especially in Germany, through consultation and exchange of ideas with resident faculty members as well as scholars at nearby universities. These consultations will support the development and refinement of plans for the structure and content of a Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Dialectology, which he is currently co-editing with John Nerbonne and Dominic Watt. In particular, he hopes to discuss current issues and analytical frameworks in research on English and German dialects, both with colleagues generally and with prospective chapter authors, as well as to present his own work on variation and change in North American English to European colleagues who share his interest in world varieties of English.