Language News: Judeo-American English featured in The Jewish Daily Forward

Linguists know that most any social category which is meaningful to a community is likely to produce linguistic differences, but very few linguistic studies document differences based on religious lines.  One notable exception is the work of Dr. Sarah Benor, whose research on Jewish English is included in this popular discussion of Yeshivish–a variety of English that shows phonetic and syntactic influences from Yiddish.  

Philologos: Having Second Thoughts About Whether There’s Such a Language as Judeo-American – Forward.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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