This volume consists of revised versions of presentations given at a roundtable on “New Directions for Historical Linguistics: Impact and Synthesis, 50 Years Later” held at the 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics in San Antonio, Texas, in 2017, as well as an introduction by the editors. The roundtable discussed the evolution of historical linguistics since the 1966 symposium on “Directions for Historical Linguistics,” held in Austin, Texas. Six prominent scholars of historical linguistics and sociolinguistics contributed: William Labov (the only surviving author from the 1968 volume), Gillian Sankoff, Elizabeth Traugott, Brian Joseph, Sarah Thomason, and Paul Hopper (a graduate student assistant at the original symposium).
Hans C. Boas, Ph.D. (2000), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the Raymond Dickson, Alton C. Allen, and Dillon Anderson Centennial Professor in the Departments of Germanic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on syntax, semantics, computational lexicography, language variation, language contact, and language documentation.
Marc Pierce, Ph.D. (2002), University of Michigan, is Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His main research interests are historical linguistics, the history of linguistics, Germanic linguistics, language contact, and phonology.
Where Was Historical Linguistics in 1968 and Where Is It Now? Marc Pierce and Hans C. Boas
What Has Been Built on Empirical Foundations William Labov
Building on Empirical Foundations: Individual and Community Change in Real Time Gillian Sankoff
Timely Notes on Saussure and Hermann Paul after 1968 Paul J. Hopper
Historical Linguistics Since 1968: on Some of the Causes of Linguistic Change Sarah G. Thomason
Precursors of Work on Grammaticalization and Constructionalization in Directions for Historical Linguistics Elizabeth Closs Traugott
Historical Linguistics in the 50 Years Since Weinreich, Labov, and Herzog (1968) Brian D. Joseph
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