Language News: The Secret Language Code | Scientific American

Scientific American interviews social Psychologist James Pennabaker (University of Texas, Austin) about his research on pronouns and other function words.  The findings–there are gender differences, but they may not be what you think.  And, no surprise to anyone who has followed sociolinguistic research (esp. critics of Lakoff like O’Barr and Atkins), there are also major differences based on status and power.  The Secret Language Code: Scientific American.

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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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