A Grassroots Perspective on History, Culture and Change

Why does language change, and how?

Language change tends to start in urban centres and spread out to rural locales. This means that: 1) we may find many interesting dialect features in Ontario's hinterlands, and 2) changes underway in Toronto may not have yet reached outlying areas, particularly small Ontario towns that are far away. In this project, we are documenting words and expressions of Ontarians. We hope to discover Canadian dialects and uncover the roots of Canadian English.

Prof. Sali A. Tagliamonte

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