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Jack Chambers (*1938)


  • Language variation and change

Research Interests

  • Canadian English

Notable Ideas

  • the notion of "Canadian raising"


Jack Chambers is a Canadian linguist, a professor at the University of Toronto who studies, among other things, Canadian English.

Contribution to Linguistics

An expert in Canadian English, Chambers is director of the dialect topography project at U of T, which has produced important findings in English usage across Canada and in regions of the United States that border Canada.

Central Knowledge

  • Chambers was the first to use the name "Canadian raising" for the typical Canadian form of pronunciation.

Main Publications

  • Sociolinguistic Theory: Linguistic Variation and Its Social Significance (second edition, 2003).

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