327 Bachelor Hall
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- Associate Professor
- Affiliate in Black World Studies
- Ph.D., Stanford University, 2004
- M.A., University of Texas, 1998
- Syntactic and lexical analysis
- African-American English
- Pidgins and creoles
- The intersection of social class with regional and ethnic identity
- Standard and vernacular varieties of African American English: structure, social contexts, verbal traditions
- Linguistic profiling/language discrimination
- “Verbal Dueling, including Dozens, Ritual Insult.” To appear in Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Edited by Salvatore Attardo. 2013
- “Representations of Race.” To appear in Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Edited by Salvatore Attardo. 2013
- “The N Word: Its History and Use in the African American Community.” The Journal of English Linguistics, Volume 40, Number 2. June 2012. 137-171.
- “Woman to Woman: Building Solidarity in African American Female Comedy.” English World-Wide Volume 32, 3, Fall 2011. 309–337.
- “Middle Class African Americans: Reactions and Attitudes toward African American English.” American Speech, Vol. 83, Summer 2008.
- “An ay for an ah: Language of Survival in African American Narrative Comedy,” American Speech, Vol. 82, Spring 2007.
Work in Progress
- Linguistic practices of the African-American middle-class
- Establishing tests to identify instances of linguistic profiling