Morehead State University mourns the loss of Dr. Terry Irons

Dr. Terry Irons lost his battle with cancer this week.  Dr. Irons was known for an impressive inventory of sociolinguistic research, including extensive work on the Appalachian English and the Southern Vowel Shift, and a long record of service to the linguistics community. 

According to an obituary released by Morehead State University, whom Dr. Irons has worked for since 1993, donations can be made to one of several charities, including the MSU Foundation and the American Cancer Society.  Morehead State University :: News :: MSU mourns the loss of Dr. Terry Irons


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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