Lesley Milroy's interests in sociolinguistics extend across several subareas; bilingualism, language ideology and language standardization, variation theory, rural and urban dialectology. She has worked on phonological change and language attitudes in speech communities in Detroit, Michigan. She has attempted to develop sociohistorical accounts of language change and to that extent overlap with historical linguistics. Her work in Conversation Analysis deals with irregular data of various kinds, notably aphasic conversational data and mixed language data in bilingual communities.
Field(s) of Study
- Sociolinguistics, language ideology, conversation analysis, bilingualism, dialectology