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Dialects of North Carolina: hear the linguistic diversity

The CDLC Speaker Series Talkin’ Tar Heel and Educating the Educated: Linguistic Diversity in the University Backyard will take place on February 19th, 2015, from 3-4 p.m. in the School of Education Building, 401.

The first speaker, 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. A topic of conversation will be one of his most recent books, “Talkin’ Tar Heel: How our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina” (with Jeff Reaser, 2014).

The second speaker, 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.

The event is sponsored by the Coalition of Diverse Language Communities (CDLC) and Faculty Access & Equity Committee.

More information is at cdlc.uncg.edu.