Language News: Local Linguists in the News

The local PBS station (WHRO) is airing a documentary about linguistics at 8pm tonight.  It  features two ODU linguists (Dr. Janet Bing and Dr. Joanne Scheibman) discussing the topic of  Code-Switching.  In conjunction with this program, several other media outless have also been discussing this topic.

On Friday, Dr. Bridget Anderson (ODU) made an appearance on the local NPR station’s Hearsay with Cathy Lewis  and Dr. Scheibman appeared on the local PBS station’s What Matters.  You can find Dr. Anderson’s appearance on the Hearsay website or a on iTunes  (  Dr. Scheibman’s appearance is available either on iTunes (  or on YouTube (

Then look for Dr. Bing next Friday night at 9pm on the WHRO show Another View and look for a series on code-switching in the public schools in October in a Virginian-Pilot series featuring Dr. Anderson and other local linguists (including Dr. Charity Hudley of William and Mary and Dr. Rebecca Wheeler of Christopher Newport University).  


About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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