Particle placement in Ontario English
This work developed out of a collaborative effort between myself and Sali A. Tagliamonte (UofT, Canada). During a 5-month research stay at the University of Toronto, I extracted constructions with transitive particle verbs (I picked up the book vs. I picked the book up) from transcribed sociolinguistic interviews representing the speech communities of 6 different locations that form part of the Dialects of Ontario project (for more information on that project, see http://ontariodialects.chass.utoronto.ca/). The final dataset contains a bit more than 6,000 tokens. The extent to which social (age, gender, etc.) as well as language-internal factors (length of direct object) shape variation in particle placement in Ontario English are analyzed using regression modeling and conditional random forests in R (R Development Team 2016). Stay tuned for more information!