6 Expressions Say it All: Language Variation in the Tar Heel State
NC State linguist Walt Wolfram discusses six expressions that highlight North Carolina’s unique language tradition.
How Memes Use Humor to Discredit African-American English
A recent study from linguistics graduate student Shalina Omar finds video memes can use humor to contribute to — and reinforce — negative views of black culture.
Dialects Aren’t ‘Bad English’ — They’re Patterns
Graduate student Jessica Hatcher discusses the importance of educating teachers and others about language variation.
Constructing Identity Among Italians at NC State
Using language as a window into their experiences, NC State graduate student and Fulbright fellow Cecilia Tomasatti conducted interviews with not only Italian students, but also faculty, about what it’s like to adapt to another country’s climate, culture and cuisine.
Language, Gender and Disney Princesses
With billions of dollars in box office and retail sales, the films in Disney’s Princess collection have an immense reach. And while entertaining, their messages can also be influential in how children learn about social norms and behaviors. In this Q&A, NC State graduate student Karen Eisenhauer discusses her research on how language in the Disney Princess movies can depict and represent gender roles.
The Importance of African-American Speech: a Q&A with Walt Wolfram
Linguistics scholar Walt Wolfram reflects on the importance of understanding and appreciating African-American speech — the subject of a new documentary, "Talking Black in America," produced by the Language and Life Project at NC State.
‘A Lee Chip’ Captures the Sound of an Island
When Caroline Myrick first went to the Caribbean island of Saba in 2012, she had no idea that she’d be publishing a dictionary on the native language four years later.
NC State Initiative Sets Gold Standard for Language Diversity
After reaching thousands of students, faculty and staff on its Raleigh campus, NC State’s Educating the Educated program is quickly becoming a national model for language diversity education. The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators is affirming the program's broadening impact this week, awarding Educating the Educated its grand gold medal for excellence.
Undergraduate research highlights student’s interest in linguistic diversity
Growing up in eastern North Carolina, Jessica Hatcher’s ear became attuned to a range of dialects. Once she discovered NC State's linguistics program, this stellar young researcher has made the most of her opportunities to study how people talk.
Documenting ‘A Hell of a Life’: NC State video producer’s documentary delivers raw look at moonshiner Popcorn Sutton
In his latest film about moonshiner Popcorn Sutton, NC State video producer and alumnus Neal Hutcheson delivers a broader picture of the folk legend's life. “Popcorn Sutton — A Hell of a Life” explores Sutton’s moonshine enterprise, rise to notoriety and fall into the legal and health troubles that led to his defiant suicide.