Tag Archives: Walt Wolfram

Resources: Reconstructing American Tongues

In 1988, the Center for New Media produced American Tongues.  Since then, this Peabody-Award-winning documentary, which highlights the range of language variation in the United States, has been a staple in American linguistic classes.  Even now, when the average 18 … Continue reading

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Resources: American Tongues (Online)

American Tongues is a classic film on language variation and the attitudes we have towards it.  This documentary was produced by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker, and it is the inaugral film in the Point of View (POV) documentary series on … Continue reading

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Theoretical Universals and Toothbrush Theories

Last weekend, one of the plenary talks at the annual meeting of the Linguistics Society of America called for more service to the field.  Specifically, the distinguished speaker wanted linguists to do a better job of educating the public about … Continue reading

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The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

Last week, I attended NWAV39, which overlapped with AAL.  Sharroky Hollie served on a panel with several other experts on how to make education more responsive to linguistic differences.  Dr. Hollie’s presentation was amazing.  Here’s a link to the research … Continue reading

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Language NEWS: Dialect Coverage in the NYT

  Here’s a New York Times op-ed covering Dr. Kirk Hazen’s work on dialect education in the public schools. It’s a couple of months old now, but I was glad to see it still in circulation on the web.  Says Dr. Hazen … Continue reading

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Resources: Lumbee English

Image via Wikipedia 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, … Continue reading

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