Resources: Lumbee English

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The North Carolina Language and Life Project (NCLLP), led by linguist Walt Wolfram, has been investigating dialects of North Carolina since 1993.   One of their projects has been the documentation of the dialect of the Lumbee, a Native American group in South Eastern North Carolina.   Here’s a 6-minute clip of a documentary which shows some of the English language variation exhibited by the group:

YouTube – Lumbee English1.

Look for more videos by the NCLLP at www.talkingnc.com.

 

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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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