Dr. Alexandra D'Arcy

Dr. Alexandra D'Arcy
Professor, Associate Dean Research, Humanities
Office: Clearihue C306
Area of expertise

Variationist sociolinguistics

Alex D’Arcy is a Professor in Linguistics and the Director of the Sociolinguistics Research Lab (SLRL) at the University of Victoria. She has a BA in English Language from the University of British Columbia, an MA in Linguistics from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Toronto. She taught at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand for four years before joining the Department of Linguistics at the University of Victoria in 2010.

Alex specializes in the study of language variation and change. Her research combines quantitative modeling with her interests in theoretical linguistics; she has published on lexical, phonological, syntactic, morphosyntactic, and discourse-pragmatic variation and change, both synchronic and diachronic. Her research centers on English, and she has worked on a range of varieties (national, regional, social, and ethnic). Her current project examines how children participate in advancing language change. She is also engaged in a number of collaborative projects with researchers in North America and abroad. These projects examine a range of research questions, from acoustic analysis and description to the social reflexes of syntactic variation. 

Alex's interests draw from a range of linguistic subfields and are driven by her focus on principled, accountable, and theoretically relevant explanation. The overarching theme of her work concerns the operation of the variable grammar (linguistic and social conditions on variability, development, embedding, globalization, localization).

Visit Alex D’Arcy’s website for more information about her research, her students, and the SLRL.

Alex D'Arcy's Faces of UVic Research video

Selected Works

Denis, Derek and Alexandra D'Arcy (2018). Settler colonial Englishes are distinct from postcolonial Englishes. American Speech 93: 3-31.

D'Arcy, Alexandra (2017). Discourse-Pragmatic Change in Context: Eight Hundred Years of LIKE. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Tagliamonte, Sali, Alexandra D'Arcy and Celeste Rodgriguez Louro (2016). Outliers, impact and rationalization in linguistic change. Language 92: 824-849.

D’Arcy, Alexandra (2015). Stability, stasis, and change: the longue durée of intensification. Diachronica 32: 449-493.

D'Arcy, Alexandra (2015). Quotation and advances in understanding syntactic systems. Annual Review of Linguistics 1: 43-61.

D’Arcy, Alexandra (2014). Functional partitioning and possible limits on variability: A view of adjective comparison from the vernacular. Journal of English Linguistics 42: 218-244.

D’Arcy, Alexandra (2012). The diachrony of quotation: Evidence from New Zealand English. Language Variation and Change 24: 343–369.

D’Arcy, Alexandra and Taylor Marie Young (2012). Ethics and social media: Implications for sociolinguistics in the networked public. Journal of Sociolinguistics 16: 532–546.

Tagliamonte, Sali and Alexandra D’Arcy (2009). Peaks beyond phonology: Adolescence, incrementation, and language change. Language 85: 58–108.

D’Arcy, Alexandra (2007). ‘Like’ and language ideology: Disentangling fact from fiction. American Speech 82: 386–419.