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Charlie Farrington

Charlie Farrington, Assistant Professor

Charlie Farrington, Assistant Professor
Charlie Farrington, Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of English
213 Shanks Hall
181 Turner St NW
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Charlie Farrington is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of English at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on sociolinguistic variation and change in dialects of American English. Recently, he has worked on segmental variation in varieties of African American Language. Additionally, with Tyler Kendall, Charlie is one of the developers of the Corpus of Regional African American Language (CORAAL), the first public corpus of AAL data, and maintains the Online Resources for African American Language (

As part of this work, he is interested in the preservation and access of audio recordings that can benefit future linguistic work. Charlie’s research has appeared in several journals including American Speech, Language Variation and Change, and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

  • Language variation and change
  • Sociophonetics
  • Corpus development
  • African American Language
  • Dialects of American English
  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Oregon, 2019
  • M.A. in English, North Carolina State University, 2011
  • B.A. in English Literature, Marist College, 2008
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • American Dialect Society


Kohn, Mary, Walt Wolfram, Charlie Farrington, Janneke Van Hofwegen, and Jennifer Renn. 2021. African American Language: Language Development from Infancy to Adulthood. Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles

Kendall, Tyler, Charlotte Vaughn, Charlie Farrington, Kaylynn Gunter, Jaidan McLean, Chloe Tacata, and Shelby Arnson. 2021. Considering performance in the automated and manual coding of sociolinguistic variables: Lessons from variable (ING). Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence 4: 648543.

Farrington, Charlie, Sharese King, and Mary Kohn. 2021. Sources of variation in the speech of African Americans: Perspectives from sociophonetics. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science 12.3.

Farrington, Charlie. 2018. Incomplete neutralization in African American English: The case of final consonant voicing. Language Variation and Change 30.3: 361-383.

Book Chapters

Kendall, Tyler, and Charlie Farrington. In press. Managing sociolinguistic data with the Corpus of Regional African American Language (CORAAL). In Andrea Berez-Kroeker, Bradley McDonnell, Eve Koller, and Lauren Collister (eds.), The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Other Creative Works

Kendall, Tyler, and Charlie Farrington. 2021. The Corpus of Regional African American Language. Version 2021.07. Eugene, OR: The Online Resources for African American Language Project. []

Linguistic Society of America Bloomfield book award, 2021

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