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Profile: Thomas Toon

Title: Associate Professor
Ph.D., Michigan  1975

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Language variation and socio-historical linguistics (especially the influences of literacy on processes of language change); Old English, early Middle English; early English paleography and manuscript studies; regional and social dialectology.

Secondary Interests

Linguistic theory, especially diachronic phonology and syntax; contemporary varieties of English.


The Politics of Early Old English Sound Change (Academic Press, 1983); “New Methods in Old English Dialectology” (in Quantitative Analyses of Linguistic Structure, P. Eckert, ed.; Academic Press, 1986); “Old English Dialects” (in Cambridge History of the English Language); other articles on literacy, contemporary American English, lexicography.

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