Eastern Michigan University
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Eric Acton

Assistant Professor

Acton, Eric 612S Pray-Harrold

(734) 487-7952

eacton1@emich.edu

Education

PhD, Stanford University
B.S., Mathematics and Linguistics, Haverford College

Interests and Expertise

Non-entailed and social meaning and its underlying dynamics; sociolinguistics; semantics; pragmatics; corpus and conversational linguistics; language and ethnicity; language and politics

Courses

Sociolinguistics; Semantics; Pragmatics; African-American English; Language and Gender; Introduction to Linguistic Science; Discourse Analysis

Recent Publications and Presentations

Acton, Eric K. under review. Pragmatics and the social life of the English definite article. (Manuscript available on request.)

Morgan, Beau-Kevin, Kelsey DeGuise, Eric K. Acton, Daniele Benson, and Alla Shvetsova. 2017. Shifts toward the supra-regional in the Northern Cities region: Evidence from Jewish women in Metro Detroit. NWAV 46, Madison, 5 November. NWAV Presentation 

Acton, Eric K. 2017. Pragmatics, the third wave, and the social meaning of definites. NWAV 46, Madison 5 November.

Acton, Eric K. 2017. Semantics, pragmatics, and the social meaning of the English definite article. Integrating Approaches to Social Meaning - ESSLLI 2017, Toulouse,25 July. IASM slides

Acton, Eric K. 2017. A socio-pragmatic framework for non-entailed meaning. 28 MarchNew Advances in Formal Pragmatics, Paris

Acton, Eric K. 2017. Semantics, variation, and the English definite article. Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Austin, TX,7 January.

Acton, Eric K. 2016.Beyond Grice: A socio-pragmatic framework for non-entailed meaning. Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. 9 January.

Acton, Eric K. 2015. Non-entailed content: A socio-pragmatic framework.Redrawing Pragmasemantic Borders, Groningen, The Netherlands, 20 March.

Melnick, Robin, and Eric K. Acton. 2015. Function words, power and opposition: A socio-pragmatic "deep" corpus study. Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting,Portland, 10 January.

Acton, Eric K. 2014. Pragmatics and the social meaning of determiners (Doctoral dissertation). Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

Acton, Eric K. 2014.Standard change and the Finnish partitive-accusative object distinction.Empirical Issues in Syntax and Semantics 10.

Acton, Eric K. and Christopher Potts. 2014.That straight talk: Sarah Palin and the sociolinguistics of demonstratives. Journal of Sociolinguistics18.1: 3-31.

Acton, Eric K. 2013.Gender differences in the duration of filled pauses in North American English.Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, Boston,4 January.

Acton, Eric K., Daria Popova, and Shane Steiner-Threlkeld. 2013. Quantifier scope and tensed clauses. The 6th California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics Conference 6, University of California, Berkeley, 11 October.

Acton, Eric K. 2013. Standard change and the Finnish partitive-accusative object distinction. Colloque de Syntaxe et Sémantique à Paris (CSSP) 2013, Université Paris-Diderot, Paris,26 September.

Podesva, Robert J., Annette D’Onofrio, Eric K. Acton, Sam Bowman, Jeremy Calder, Hsin-Chang Chen, and Janneke van Hofwegen. 2012. Linguistic and social effects on the perception of voice onset time in Korean stops. Acoustical Society of America (ASA) 164, Kansas City,23 October.

Acton, Eric K. and Christopher Potts. 2012. The latent affective meaning of demonstratives. Guest lecture in the course Meaning as Use: Indexicality, Expressives, and Self-reference taught by Stephen Wechsler and Eric McCready at the North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (NASSLLI) 2012, University of Texas at Austin,22 June.

Acton, Eric K. 2011.On gender differences in the distribution of um and uh.Penn Working Papers in Linguistics: Selected Papers from NWAV 39 17.2: 1-9.

Advisees
Anna Bower
Dominique Canning
Sovoya Davis
Erica Meszaros
Bernadette Reamer
Amelia Stecker 

Collaborative Research Projects
Jewish Life and Language in Southeast Michigan