Linguistics Laboratory3801 Walnut Street
Professor, Departments of Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania,
Office: Linguistics Laboratory 3550 Market St., #250, Philadelphia PA 19104,
Harvard College, B.A., 1948
Columbia University, M.A., 1963; Ph.D. 1964
Industrial chemist, Union Ink Co., Ridgefield, NJ, 1949-1960
Assistant Professor, Columbia University, 1964-1970
Associate Professor, Professor, University of Pennsylvania, 1971-
Director, Linguistics Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, 1976-
Books and representative articles:
The Social Stratification of English in New York City.,1966
The Study of Non-Standard English., 1969
Sociolinguistic Patterns, 1972
Language in the Inner City, 1972
What is a Linguistic Fact? , 1975.
with David Fanshel, Therapeutic Discourse , 1976.
Principles of Linguistic Change. Volume 1: Internal Factors , 1994.
Principles of Linguistic Change. Volume 2: Social Factors. 2001.
Studies in Sociolinguistics by William Labov. 2001
Atlas of North American English: Phonology and Sound Change (in press)..
The social motivation of a sound change, 1963
with U. Weinreich & M. Herzog, Empirical foundations for a theory of language change,
Contraction, deletion and inherent variation of the English copula, 1969.
The logic of non-standard English, 1979.
Resolving the Neogrammarian controversy, 1981.
with W. Harris, Defacto Segregation of Black and White Vernaculars, 1986
Co-existent systems in African-American English, 1998
What is a reading error? 2005.
with P. Cohen, C. Robins, & J. Lewis, The Non-Standard English of Black and Puerto
Rican Speakers in New York City, 1968
with M. Yaeger & R. Steiner, A Quantitative Study of Sound Change in Progress, 1972
David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in English, 1966.
Guggenheim Fellow: 1970-71 and 1987-88.
Member, National Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1979-
Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1993-
Fellow, American Association for the Advance of Science, 1997-
President, Linguistic Society of America, 1979.
Honorary degrees:, U. of Uppsala, 1985; U. of Liège, 1990, U. of York 1998, U. of Edinburgh 2005
Sapir Professor, Linguistic Institute, New York, 1986.
Editor, Language Variation and Change, 1988-
Leonard Bloomfield LSA award for Principles of Linguistic Change, Vol. 1, 1996.