Sali A. Tagliamonte

System and society in the evolution of change: the view from Canada

Sali A. Tagliamonte, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Sid Smith Hall, 4th Floor, 100 St George Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G3, Canada, e-mail:

You get like a little bit of news up here from Toronto … it’s like two different worlds, up here and down there!

(Amanda Quisano, North Bay, F, 23)

1 Introduction66

In this chapter I synthesize across three major research projects focusing on variation and change in spoken Ontario English (Canada). In the early 2000s, I built a corpus designed to track ongoing linguistic variation and change and, in particular, recent innovations in the province’s largest urban center ...

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