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About Barbara Johnstone

In 2018, I retired from the Rhetoric Program at Carnegie Mellon University, where I taught courses in discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, style, and research methods. From 2005 to 2014 I was editor of the journal Language in Society. My recent research has been 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.
- 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.)


2000 - 2018 Adjunct Professor of Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh
2000 - 2018 Affiliated Faculty, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University
1997 - 2018 Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Curriculum Vitae

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  • The Sociolinguistics of Style
  • Style
  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Research Seminar in Rhetoric
  • Grammar of Standard Written English
  • Discourse and Identity
  • The Rhetoric of Place
  • American English


Arabic discourse (12)

Apologizing (1)

Discourse analysis (39)