Language Shift

I study the linguistic and social causes and outcomes of language shift in minoritized language communities from a variationist perspective. My dissertation focused on language shift and language change in a Garifuna community in Belize.

Students who have worked with me recently on Garifuna are Manasvi Chaturvedi and Cameron Greenop.


Abtahian, Maya R. 2020. Style, identity, and language shift. Language Ecology. 4(1): 17-38

Abtahian, Maya R. 2017. Language shift, endangerment and prestige: Kriol and Garifuna in Hopkins, Belize. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 32(2): 339-364

Ravindranath, Maya. 2009. Language Shift and the Speech Community: Sociolinguistic Change in a Garifuna Community in Belize. Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations. 33.