Aaron Dinkin's web site
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really gotten around to making a web page yet. But I've produced enough
stuff by now that I ought to have it accessible somewhere, so here it is.
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visiting assistant professor in the Swarthmore College
and the coordinator of the phonetics
lab (office hours 10:30–1:30 Tuesday and Thursday, and
10:30–4:30 Friday minus time
for lunch). This semester
teaching Ling 1: Intro to Linguistics (Tuesday and Thursday,
2:40–3:55, Science Center L26).
I'm also teaching a class a at
semester: Linguistics 102, Introduction to Sociolinguistics, Monday and
11:00–12:00 in Fisher-Bennett Hall 201. My office hours at Penn are
MW 1:00–2:00 in Williams 404.
I pronounce caught the same as
cot. (My dialect has other features as well.)
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My main research interest is the interaction of abstract phonological
structure with the direction of phonetic and phonological change, and how
that interaction is manifested in dialect variation. I recently graduated
from the Linguistics department at U.Penn;
the title of my
Boundaries and Phonological
Change in Upstate New York. (If you don't feel like reading the
whole dissertation, this handout hits
most of the main points; or you could just read the abstract.)
Here's a selection of my research (you can also read my full CV):
"Changing Roles of Regional Boundaries and Isoglosses". Talk
presented at the American Dialect Society annual
meeting, Boston, January 2013. Handout
"Cooperstown, New York as a Site of New-Dialect Formation".
presented at NWAV 41,
Bloomington, Ind., October 2012. Handout (PDF).
"What's Really Happening to Short A Before L in Philadelphia?"
(with William Labov
and Ingrid Rosenfelder). Talk
presented at NWAV 40,
Washington, D.C., October 2011. Handout (PDF). Paper to appear in American Speech.
"Toward a Unified Theory of Chain Shifting". Talk presended at
Methods 14, London,
Ont., August 2011, and at NWAV 40,
Washington, D.C., October 2011.
published in Nevalainen & Traugott
(2012), Oxford Handbook on the
history of English, 748–760.
"Nasal Short-a Systems vs. the Northern Cities Shift".
Talk presented at NWAV 39,
San Antonio, Tex., November 2010. Handout
(PDF). Paper published
in Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 17.2, 71–80.
"The Present-Day Dialectological Status of the Hudson Valley".
Talk presented at the International
Linguistic Association's 55th annual conference, New Paltz, N.Y.,
April 2010. Handout (PDF).
"Phonological Transfer as a Forerunner of Merger in Upstate New
York". Talk presented at the American Dialect Society annual
meeting, Baltimore, January 2010. Handout
Co-author with Michael Friesner on:
"Transmission or Diffusion?: NYC-like Short A in Southeast
Florida and the Hudson Valley". Talk
presented at NWAV
38, Ottawa, October 2009. Handout (PDF).
Eleméntàry Linguistic Definition of Upstate New York"
(with Keelan Evanini).
Talk presented at NWAV 38, Ottawa,
October 2009. Handout (PDF). Paper published
in Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 16.2, 36–45.
"Weakening Resistance: Progress Toward
the Low Back Merger in New York State". Talk presented at NWAV 37, Houston, November 2008. Handout (PDF). Working paper
published in Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 15.2, 60–69.
Full paper published in Language
Variation and Change 23.3:315–345.
"Fading In and Out of the Inland North". Talk presented at Methods
XIII, Leeds, August 2008. Handout (PDF). "Settlement Patterns and the Eastern
Boundary of the Northern Cities Shift". Talk presented at the American Dialect Society annual
meeting, Chicago, January 2008. Handout (PDF). Paper to appear in the
Journal of Linguistic Geography. "Bridging the Gap: Dialect
Boundaries and Regional Allegiance in Upstate New York" (with William Labov). Talk
presented at Penn
Linguistics Colloquium 31, Philadelphia, February 2007. Handout (PDF). "The
Real Effect of Word Frequency on Phonetic Variation". Talk presented
at Penn Linguistics
Colloquium 31, Philadelphia, February 2007. Handout (PDF). Paper (PDF) printed
in Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 14.1 (2008), 97–106.
"Unnatural Classes and Phonological Generalization in Dialect
Formation". Talk presented at NWAV 35, Columbus, Ohio,
November 2006. Handout (PDF). "An Experimental Study on the
Interpretability of Ostensible Subject-Control Promise". Talk
presented at the LSA Summer
Meeting, East Lansing, Mich., June 2006. Handout (PDF).
"'Sporadic' Syncope and Latin Phonology's Wicked Stepmother".
Talk presented at Penn Linguistics Colloquium 30, Philadelphia, February
2006. Abstract (PDF). Co-author to Michael Friesner on:
"Russian Immigrants in Philadelphia as English Speakers and
Philadelphians". Talk presented at NWAV 34, New York, October 2005. Handout (PDF).
Paper printed as "The Acquisition of Native and
Local Phonology by Russian Immigrants in Philadelphia" in Penn
Working Papers in Linguistics 12.2 (2006), 91–104.
"Marry-Merry-Mary Merger in New England: Further
Analysis". Talk presented at Methods XII, Moncton, N.B., August 2005.
"Mary, Darling, Make Me Merry; Say You'll Marry Me: Tense-Lax
Neutralization in the Linguistic Atlas of New England". Poster presented at NWAV 33, Ann Arbor, Mich., October
2004. Paper (PDF)
printed in Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 11.2 (2005),
My Erdős number is 4:
Erdős & Chvátal (1972); Chvatal & Sankoff (1975); Sankoff &
Labov (1979); Labov, Baranowski, & Dinkin (2010).
Puzzles I was a member of the
organizing teams for the 2006 and 2011 MIT Mystery Hunts, and have occasionally contributed puzzles to other events as well.
The full list of puzzles I've written or co-written is available here. Contributions (as author or co-author) of which I'm particularly
proud include the following:
I occasionally write double-dactyls. One time I
made people write
In grad school I did way more on-campus theatre than any grad student legitimately has
time for (mostly with the
Underground Shakespeare Company and Penn Players). Shows I've
been in at Penn include, but are not limited to:
12 Angry Men, the Penn Theatre Arts
Council's Small Fall show
The Tempest with Underground Shakespeare
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown with Stimulus Children's
A Midsummer Night's Dream with Underground Shakespeare
King Lear with Underground Shakespeare
Into the Woods with the Penn Law School
Light Opera Company
Metamorphoses with iNtuitons
in the Dark with the Penn Theatre Arts Program
Annie Get Your Gun with Penn Players
The Real Inspector Hound, a Small Fall show
Reckless with Penn Players
The Merchant of Venice with Underground Shakespeare
Elsinore! with iNtuitons
Prior to Penn, I music-directed Songs for a New
World at MIT and vocal-directed Les
roommate Peter's masterpiece, at Harvard. Before that, I was music
director of the Harvard
Noteables, sine quibus non.
If you want a more detailed list of shows I've done, look here.
my office: Pearson Hall 114, Swarthmore College