Lesley Milroy (*1944)

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Research Interests

  • urban and rural dialectology
  • language ideology
  • standardization

Notable Ideas

  • study of social networks and linguistic variations in Belfast in the 1970's

Academic Life

Lesley Milroy is a sociolinguist, and a professor emerita at the University of Michigan.

Among Milroy's accomplishments include her participation in writing over seven books and fifteen journal articles, her work as an editorial board member for several research journals, as well as various linguistic research and lecturing around the world. Milroy moved to the United States in 1994, where she worked as a professor and the chair of the department of linguistics at the University of Michigan, and retired in 2004.

Main Publications

  • Milroy, L. and M. Gordon (2003). Sociolinguistics: method and interpretation. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Milroy J. and L. Milroy (1999). Authority in Language: investigating standard English (3rd ed). London: Routledge.
  • Milroy, L. (2000). Japanese translation of Observing and analysing natural language. (Oxford: Blackwell).
  • Milroy, L. and P. Muysken (1995). One speaker, two languages: cross-disciplinary perspectives on codeswitching. Cambridge UP (sponsored by European Science Foundation).
  • Milroy, L. (1987). (2nd ed) Language and social networks. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Milroy, L. (1987). ''Observing and analysing natural language. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Lesser, R. and L. Milroy (1993). Linguistics and aphasia: psycholinguistic and pragmatic aspects of intervention. London: Longman.
  • Milroy, J and L. Milroy (1993). Real English; the grammar of English dialects in the British Isles. London: Longman.

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