My “UMBC Real People Profile” was recently invited by David Hoffman, author of the Co-Create UMBC blog. Included in my Real People Profile are lots of facts and tidbits — a historical UNC~UMBC connection, the advice I got from Walt Wolfram, and why I like the catwalk that runs from my building. Oh, and there’s even a bonus video on Baltimore dialects!
On Monday, February 20th, I’ll be giving a talk called “Understanding Linguistic and Cultural Diversity to Promote Academic Success for all Students,” to the departments of Education, Sociology & Anthropology, and Language, Literacy & Culture at UMBC. The talk will be held from 4:30-6 pm in UC 312. It is a part of the Department of Education’s Collegial Conversation series, with this year’s theme “Celebrating the Exceptionalities of All of our Students.”
On Friday, January 20th I’ll be giving a keynote address on the topic “Writing Across the Disciplines: English Variation in the Classroom” and leading two breakout sessions at the Writing in the Disciplines/Across Communities conference held at CCBC-Catonsville. The theme of this year’s conference is “Writing in a Globalized World.”
My entry “Sociolinguistics” has just been published in the new Oxford Bibliographies Online: Linguistics, edited by Mark Aronoff. Each dynamic bibliography contains “a hierarchical body of interwoven entries designed to help students and scholars move through the most important scholarship, commentary, and resources in a specific area of research.” My entry on Sociolinguistics includes bibliographic information and short summaries of over 125 key articles, books, and reference materials in the field, organized according to themes that include Language and Cognition, Languages and Language Varieties in Contact, Language Variation and Social Identities, and Applied Sociolinguistics. To subscribe to OBO to access the bibliography, click here.
Anne and Christine are presenting on October 29, 2011 at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation 40 Conference at Georgetown University in a panel entitled, “Sociolinguistics in the Schools: The Next 40 Years of Service in Return.” Co-panelists include Mary Bucholtz and Julie Sweetland. You can download our panel abstracts here.
This story in the Fall 2011 issue of the UMBC Magazine talks about the podcasts on Baltimore language and culture produced by students in my Spring 2011 seminar, “Language in Diverse Schools and Communities,” including the podcast that Anne Charity Hudley, Laura Strickling, and I co-created on language variation in the classroom, featuring the perspectives and insights of 14 Maryland and Virginia K-12 educators.
Our book, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools, has just been reviewed in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Here is an excerpt from our review: “The result is an academic study relevant to anyone interested in the way children (and adults) process language, as well as to classroom teachers looking for educational strategies to better serve their students. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels.”