I am an assistant professor of Linguistics in the department of English at Coastal Carolina University. I am a sociolinguist specializing in syntactic variation with a focus on Southern United States English.
I study language variation, especially morphosyntactic variation, with the goal of better understanding how languages vary parametrically as well as how speakers use syntactic variants to construct social identities. I approach this study through a blend of quantitative sociolinguistic and syntactic field methods. Along with understanding the syntactic structure of Southern English and the social distribution of its key features, I am interested in language attitude studies in the South in hopes of uncovering how Southern speakers view these syntactic and phonological variants.
Additionally, I seek to find ways of helping speakers of non-prestige dialects to overcome linguistic insecurity, possibly through boosting covert prestige and regional/ethnic identity. Because of this, I am also interested in Southern identity construction/maintenance and issues associated with the Standard Language Ideology, especially where these intersect with syntactic variation.
I am co–hosting the 81st meeting of the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL 81) with Becky Childs in Myrtle Beach, March 27-29. Check out the website, and yall come see us at the beach.
jhasty [at] coastal [dot] edu