Resources: Language in Baltimore | Exploring the linguistic charm of Charm City

Dr. Christine Mallinson (UMBC) has produced an impressive blog which highlights the sociolinguistic research of her and her students. Dr. Mallinson is a young, but up-and-coming researcher, who has worked on ethnic variation in North Carolina and training teachers to deal with language variation in the classroom.  This website, Language in Baltimore: Exploring the linguistic charm of Charm City, showcases the linguistic variation that can be found in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

If you navigate beyond the homepage (linked above), you can hear podcasts about a range of populations in the Baltimore area.  For example, Holly-Catherin Britton and Heidi J. Faust explain the social distribution of the word “Hon,”  Inte’a DeShields provides an in-depth look at African American patterns in Baldamor, and Daniel Morales and Panthea Parang talk about what it’s like one of the many multilingual citizens of this city. Thus, the website provides two kinds of resources: those for learning about language, and those which showcase what students can do with their own research.

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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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