J. Daniel Hasty is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics, joining the English Department at Coastal Carolina University in 2012. Daniel is a sociolinguist specializing in syntactic variation with a focus on Southern United States English.
Daniel studies language variation, especially morphosyntactic variation in Southern English, through a blend of quantitative sociolinguistic and syntactic field methods. The bulk of his work has focused on the double modal construction of Southern English (e.g., I might could go to the store), looking at this morphosyntactic feature from a variety of approaches. From a theoretical standpoint, Daniel has published articles on the double modal’s structure as well as arguments for viewing this feature as an example of micro-parametric variation in English. From a sociolinguistic perspective, Daniel has written articles based on his quantitative sociolinguistic analyses of double modal acceptance and usage in Northeast Tennessee as well as the broader South.
Additionally, Daniel studies language attitudes in the South, particularly in Appalachia. Because of this, he is interested in Southern and Appalachian identity construction, issues associated with the Standard Language Ideology, and representations of Southern and Appalachian English and Culture in literature and popular culture. He has published work on Southerners’ attitudes towards Southern English, work on attitudes and interpretations specifically of doctor’s usage of double modals, as well as a large-scale project with Dr. Becky Childs looking at young Appalachian speakers’ usage and perception of traditional Appalachian English features. Daniel’s work has appeared in Lingua, American Speech, Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, the Journal of the Alabama Folklife Association, and collections published by Oxford University Press and the University of Alabama Press.