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About Barbara Johnstone

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. 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.)


Present Adjunct Professor of Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh
Present Affiliated Faculty, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University
Present Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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

Contact Information

Department of English
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office/Voice: +1.412.268.6447
Fax: +1.412.268.7989


Pittsburgh speech (16)

Discourse, place, and dialect (32)