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  • CDLC Speaker Series – Talkin’ Tar Heel and Educating the Educated: Linguistic Diversity in the University Backyard

Nov.13 CDLC flyerDate: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue: 401 School of Education Building (SOEB) at UNCGProfessors Jeffrey Reaser and Walt Wolfram, NC State will include a conversation about their book, “Talkin’ Tar Heel” and the second part of their talk is titled “Educating the Educated: Linguistic Diversity in the University Backyard”.
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Jeffrey Reaser is associate professor of English at North Carolina State University where he coordinates the secondary English education program and contributes to the North Carolina Language and Life Project. His primary research focus has examined the effectiveness of formal and public education linguistics projects, including the development and testing of the nation’s first state-based dialect awareness program, Voices of North Carolina: Language and Life from the Atlantic to the Appalachians(Reaser and Wolfram 2007).- Walt Wolfram is William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University, where he also directs the North Carolina Language and Life Project. He has pioneered research on social and ethnic dialects since the 1960s and published more than 20 books and over 300 articles. His most recent books are Talkin’ Tar Heel: How our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina (with Jeff Reaser, 2014) and the third edition of American English: Dialects and Variation (with Natalie Schilling, 2015) Over the last two decades, he and his students have conducted more than 3,000 sociolinguistic interviews with residents of North Carolina and beyond. Professor Wolfram is particularly interested in the application of sociolinguistic information for public audiences, including the production of a number of television documentaries, the construction of museum exhibits, and the development of an innovative social studies dialect awareness curricula endorsed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. He has received numerous awards, including the North Carolina Award (highest award given to a citizen of NC), Caldwell Humanities Laureate from the NC Humanities Council, the Holladay Medal at NC State, and the Linguistics, Language and the Public Award from the Linguistic Society of America, as well as the NC State Alumni Association Research Award, the Graduate Professor Award, and the Extension and Engagement Award. He has also served as President of the Linguistic Society of America, the American Dialect Society, and the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics.
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