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Why is it important to learn about and study language? In this short podcast, “The Revelatory Power of Language,” which I produced for the Maryland Humanities Council’s“Humanities Connection” series, I talk about how language differences occur naturally and are part of how we define ourselves, individually as well as socially. Whether we drink soda or pop, whether we pronounce aunt as “ant” or “ahnt,” or “Baltimore” as Bawlmer or Baldamor, whether we use isn’t or ain’t, language tells us something about who we are as speakers of the ever-changing English language. I also talk about what do I do and why it matters in this video for UMBC In the Loop.


I am the co-author, with Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley, of Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools (2011) and We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom (2014), both of which are published with Teachers College Press.

I am also the co-editor of Data Collection in Sociolinguistics: Methods and Applications, with Drs. Becky Childs and Gerard Van Herk (2013, Routledge, with a second edition to be published Fall 2017).  Please click on the titles to be directed to more information about these books.


In September 2011, Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley and I received a research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the ways in which language plays a role in the educational challenges that often affect culturally and linguistically diverse students in STEM classrooms. Our goal was to work with teachers to figure out what challenges are being faced in terms of language for their math and science students and what resources teachers and students need to be able to face those challenges.

During the grant, “Assessing the Results of Sociolinguistic Engagement with K-12 STEM Education in Maryland and Virginia Public and Independent Schools,” we worked with K-12 STEM educators to explore how these educators learned from professional development workshops on language variation and integrated this information into their pedagogy and assessment techniques. Our research provides immediate practical application to educators’ pedagogy and practice in the form of educator workshops, teacher designed readings, and a website for educators that ensures that the research outcomes of our project are broadly disseminated. Click here to read the official UMBC press release.

Book Chapters

Some of my recent articles have appeared in the following book collections…


Journal Publications

Some of my recent articles have appeared in the following journals:


My CV provides a complete list of my publications and other research-related activities. Please contact me at <mallinson AT umbc DOT edu> for more information.

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