I am on the faculty of the Rhetoric Program at Carnegie Mellon University, where I
teach courses in discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, style, and research methods. I am
currently Editor of the journal Language in Society, and I am working on a project about
the enregisterment of dialect in Pittsburgh. I am interested in the connections between
discourse and place and in the role of the individual in language and linguistic theory.
My previous work has been in these areas: 

- Discourse structure and function Forms and functions of narrative; women's and
men's narrative; functions of repetition in discourse and their implications for
linguistic theory; cross-cultural study of rhetorical discourse; current work on the
individual voice in linguistic and rhetorical theory, on the rhetorical construction of
place and local identity through discourse about local speech in Pittsburgh. 

- Sociolinguistics. Regional/social variation in discourse structure and strategy;
interactional sociolinguistics; ethnography of communication; gender and regional
variation in discourse style; methodology in qualitative sociolinguistics; current work
on urban North Midland English in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Editor, Language in Society,
2005-present. 

- Rhetoric, history and theory. Persuasive talk; cross-cultural study of persuasive
styles in the U.S. and the Middle East; revised and edited my sister's doctoral
thesis on journal-keeping for posthumous publication. 

You can find links to some of my forthcoming and published work on this site. If you
would like a copy of anything that is not available here, whether for copyright reasons
or because I haven't uploaded it yet, please don't hesitate to email me. (I
cannot provide copies of books, unfortunately.) 

Pittsburgh speech

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“100% Authentic Pittsburgh”: Sociolinguistic authenticity and the linguistics of particularity, Indexing Authenticity (2013)

As Bucholtz (2003), Coupland (2007, pp. 25-26), and others have pointed out, what counts as...

 

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Dialect Enregisterment in Performance, Journal of sociolinguistics (2011)

In recent work I have been exploring how one set of linguistic forms has become...

 

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Making Pittsburghese: Communication technology, expertise, and the discursive construction of a regional dialect, Language and Communication (2011)

This paper explores how changing technologies for broadcast communication shape the expertise that comes into...

 

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Pittsburghese shirts: Commodification and the enregisterment of an urban dialect, American Speech (2009)

This article considers a type of material artifact that circulates ideas about regional speech in...

 

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Indexicality and Experience: Variation and Identity in Pittsburgh (with Scott F. Kiesling), Journal of Sociolinguistics (2008)
 

Discourse, place, and dialect

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“100% Authentic Pittsburgh”: Sociolinguistic authenticity and the linguistics of particularity, Indexing Authenticity (2013)

As Bucholtz (2003), Coupland (2007, pp. 25-26), and others have pointed out, what counts as...

 

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Dialect Enregisterment in Performance, Journal of sociolinguistics (2011)

In recent work I have been exploring how one set of linguistic forms has become...

 

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Making Pittsburghese: Communication technology, expertise, and the discursive construction of a regional dialect, Language and Communication (2011)

This paper explores how changing technologies for broadcast communication shape the expertise that comes into...

 

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Indexing the Local, Handbook of Language and Globalization (2010)
 
Language and Geographical Space, Language and Space: An International Handbook of Linguistic Variation (2010)
 

The linguistic individual

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Stance, Style, and the Linguistic Individual, Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Stance, (2009)
 

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The Individual, Key Terms in Language and Culture (2001)
 

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The Individual Voice in Language, Annual Review of Anthropology (2000)
 

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Lingual biography and linguistic variation, Language sciences (1999)
 

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Language, culture, and self in language learning, CALR Occasional Papers in Language and Urban Culture (1997)
 

Method

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Dell Hymes and the Ethnography of Communication (with William Marcellino), The Sage Handbook of Sociolinguistics (2010)
 
In the Profession: Choosing the Right Journal for your Manuscript, Journal of English Linguistics (2009)
 

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Some Personal Reflections on Rhetoric and Interdisciplinary, Plenary speech for Rhetoric Society of America Institute, June 26, 2009 (2009)
 

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Indexicality and Experience: Variation and Identity in Pittsburgh (with Scott F. Kiesling), Journal of Sociolinguistics (2008)
 

Discourse analysis for rhetorical studies

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Making Pittsburghese: Communication technology, expertise, and the discursive construction of a regional dialect, Language and Communication (2011)

This paper explores how changing technologies for broadcast communication shape the expertise that comes into...

 

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Stance, Style, and the Linguistic Individual, Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Stance, (2009)
 

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Reasons for Reason-Giving in a Public-opinion Survey (with Martha S. Cheng), Argumentation (2002)
 

Gender and language

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Gender, politeness, and discourse management in same-sex and cross-sex opinion-poll interviews (with Kathleen M. Ferrara and Judith M. Bean), Journal of Pragmatics (1992)
 

Public-opinion polling

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Reasons for Reason-Giving in a Public-opinion Survey (with Martha S. Cheng), Argumentation (2002)
 

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Gender, politeness, and discourse management in same-sex and cross-sex opinion-poll interviews (with Kathleen M. Ferrara and Judith M. Bean), Journal of Pragmatics (1992)
 

Narrative

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Discourse analysis and narrative, Handbook of discourse analysis (2004)
 

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Social characteristics and self-expression in narrative, Journal of Narrative and Life History (1997)
 

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Southern speech and self-expression in an African-American woman's story, Language Variety in the South Revisited (1997)
 

Reviews

Texas women

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Stance, Style, and the Linguistic Individual, Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Stance, (2009)
 

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Lingual biography and linguistic variation, Language sciences (1999)
 

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Self-expression and linguistic variation (with Judith M. Bean), Language in Society (1997)
 

Arabic discourse

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'Orality' and discourse structrure in Modern Standard Arabic, Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics I (1990)
 

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Linguistic Strategies and Cultural Styles for Persuasive Discourse, Language, Communication, and Culture: Current Directions (1989)
 

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Presentation as proof: The language of Arabic rhetoric, Anthropological linguistics (1983)
 

Repetition in discourse

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Linguistic Strategies and Cultural Styles for Persuasive Discourse, Language, Communication, and Culture: Current Directions (1989)
 

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Presentation as proof: The language of Arabic rhetoric, Anthropological linguistics (1983)
 

Persuasion

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Making Pittsburghese: Communication technology, expertise, and the discursive construction of a regional dialect, Language and Communication (2011)

This paper explores how changing technologies for broadcast communication shape the expertise that comes into...

 

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Linguistic Strategies and Cultural Styles for Persuasive Discourse, Language, Communication, and Culture: Current Directions (1989)
 

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Presentation as proof: The language of Arabic rhetoric, Anthropological linguistics (1983)
 

Apologizing

Rhetoric

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Making Pittsburghese: Communication technology, expertise, and the discursive construction of a regional dialect, Language and Communication (2011)

This paper explores how changing technologies for broadcast communication shape the expertise that comes into...

 

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Enregistering style, Rhetoric Society of America (2010)
 

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Some Personal Reflections on Rhetoric and Interdisciplinary, Plenary speech for Rhetoric Society of America Institute, June 26, 2009 (2009)
 

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Linguistic Strategies and Cultural Styles for Persuasive Discourse, Language, Communication, and Culture: Current Directions (1989)
 

Media

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“100% Authentic Pittsburgh”: Sociolinguistic authenticity and the linguistics of particularity, Indexing Authenticity (2013)

As Bucholtz (2003), Coupland (2007, pp. 25-26), and others have pointed out, what counts as...

 

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Dialect Enregisterment in Performance, Journal of sociolinguistics (2011)

In recent work I have been exploring how one set of linguistic forms has become...

 

Style

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Enregistering style, Rhetoric Society of America (2010)