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The NCSU Linguistics Program sponsors an ongoing informal lecture series of "brownbag" lectures by scholars from here at NC State and around the world. Click above to view the current schedule, and for a list of lectures in semesters past. View the current Brownbag Schedule.


Recent News

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October 28

Dr. Walt Wolfram Receives North Carolina Award


Our very own Dr. Walt Wolfram was selected to receive the highest civilian honor. To read more about Dr. Wolfram and his award in public service please go to NC Department of Cultural Resources





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September 26

Jeff Reaser's New Appointment


Jeff Reaser from North Carolina State University was just appointed to the Executive Council of the The American Dialect Society for a 3-year term (2014-17). The American Dialect Society





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September 18

Elaine Chun to Talking at Upcoming Brownbag


Elaine Chun from the University of South Carolina Columbia will be discussing linguistic strategies of anti-racism at an upcoming Linguistic Brownbag on Friday November 1st at 3pm. Stay tuned for updates!




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March 12

Walt and Neal on The State of Things


Walt Wolfram and Neal Hutchinson were recently featured on the WUNC 91.5 radio program "The State of Things." The two talked about Core Sounders, the latest NCLLP documentary film, which is premiering this week. To listen to the complete interview, follow this link.




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February 8

Walt Interviewed in The Atlantic


Walt was interviewed in The Atlantic as part of an article about politicians and dialects. Check out the article, "When Presidents Say 'Y'all': The Strange Story of Dialects in America."




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February 7

George Higgs Tribute

We are sad to say that George Higgs, a piedmont bluesman from Princeville, NC, recently passed away. George had been featured in the NCLLP's This Side of the River as well as other films documenting North Carolina's culture and history such as The Story of North Carolina.

For more information, see a tribute to George by Drew Grimes at Myriad Media






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February 1

Walt Featured on FOX 8 Buckley Report

Walt Wolfram was recently featured on FOX 8's Buckley Report series about changing accents throughout North Carolina. The segment also included a great deal of our favorite NCLLP film-footage. You can watch the video below, or go to MyFox8.com






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November 30

Core Sounders Premiering this Winter


The newest NCLLP documentary Core Sounders will be featured on UNC-TV soon. Stay-tuned for news about scheduling as well as news about the upcoming screenings. Watch the trailer for Core Sounders here:





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November 21

Breaking: Sociolinguists Specialty in the Sociology Graduate Program


The Faculty of the Graduate Program in Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Faculty of the Sociolinguistics Program in the Department of English at NC State are pleased to announce the creation of a Sociolinguistics Specialty for PhD students in the Sociology Program. Students select two specialties from the current Sociology Program options, one of which may be Sociolinguistics. More information about the Ph.D. in Sociology can be found at the Sociology Graduate Program website.

If you or anyone you know is interested in applying, applications for admission for the 2013 fall semester are due January 1, 2013. Information about application can be found at the Department of Sociology & Anthropology Application site.





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November 6

Cedars in the Pines on UNC-TV


Cedars in the Pines will be showing on UNC-TV this Thursday November 8th at 10pm. Be sure to check your local listing!




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November 2

Footage of the NCLLP Booth at the NC State Fair

Did you miss the NCLLP booth at last month's North Carolina State Fair? Check out this footage of this year's booth:





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October 12

NCLLP State Fair Exhibit October


The NCLLP (North Carolina Language and Life Project)will again host its exhibit on Tar Heel language and dialect at the North Carolina State Fair October 11-21, 2012. The exhibit will be once again located in the Exposition Center on the fair grounds.


The booth introduces visitors to the rich dialect and language traditions of North Carolina as part of the cultural and historical legacy of the state. The exhibit includes a variety of panels on languages and dialects, interactive monitors, and videos for visitors to learn about language variation in the Old North State.


For more details about this year's booth check out this article on the CHASS website! For more information about the NC State Fair visit ncstatefair.org. View a powerpoint slideshow with pictures and information from last year's exhibit here.




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September 28

Robin Dodsworth Talks "Girl Talk" on WUNC 91.5


Robin Dodsworth was recently a guest on North Carolina Public Radio's WUNC 91.5 to talk about "Girl Talk," a new exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh (CAM). Along with host Frank Stasio and other guests, Robin discussed language and gender in relation to the "Girl Talk" exhibit which explores how "women, specifically girls, are perhaps the most innovative users of speech and they are heavily influential on overall language trends." Listen to the entire interview at WUNC 91.5.




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September 27

Jeff Mielke Presents "Tools from the Phonology Laboratory"


Join us for a Brown Bag Presentation on Friday September 28 at 3pm in Caldwell G111. Jeff Mielke will present "Tools from the Phonology Laboratory":

From Jeff's abstract: "In this talk I will introduce some of the tools available to us at NCSU for studying speech and sound systems, including (1) an ultrasound machine for imaging the tongue, (2) an electroglottograph for measuring larynx activity, and (3) Presentation software and response pads for running perception and other types of experiments. I will demonstrate how these devices are operated and overview some of my recent work using them to study language, leaving time for audience participation."




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September 19

Neal Hutcheson Honored with 2011 Brown-Hudson Folklore Award


Last year Neal Hutchenson was honored by the North Carolina Folklore Society for his an extensive body of work including "important documentaries presenting notable North Carolina folk artists, the folk speech of cultural groups in North Carolina, and the family and community contexts of regional folklife." As a 2011 recipient of the Brown-Hudson Award, which "recognizes individuals who have made significant meaningful contributions to the transmission, appreciation and observance of traditional culture and folklife in North Carolina," Neal was honored in the Fall/Winter issue of the North Carolina Folklore Journal (see page 9).

Congratulations Neal!




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September 14

Spanish Voices Screening at Celebración September 29th


On Saturday, September 29th, from 11-4pm the Museum will host Celebración: a festival with events for all ages. You can catch music and dance performances (and learn some moves), see a cooking demonstration and sample food, view creations by local artists, learn some basic Spanish, and more. You can also see a variety of documentaries and films, the NCLLP's Spanish Voices among them.




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September 13

NCSU Linguistics Brownbag: Cedars in the Pines Brownbag viewing


Our first Brownbag meeting of the Fall 2012 semester kicks off on Friday, September 13 at 3pm in Caldwell room G107. We will be watching Danica Cullinan's film Cedars in the Pines, a documentary that tells the story of the Lebanese community in North Carolina. This film was very well-received at early showings last spring. Screening it at our first meeting will be a great way to celebrate the official release of the film and introduce NCLLP newcomers to our tradition of public education through various media.




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September 10

Cedars in the Pines Screening at Varsity Theater Sep. 12

Cedars in the Pines is having a screening at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill on Wednesday September 12 at 7:00pm. For more information about ticket prices and the screening check out the Ackland Film Forum website here.



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September 7

Walt Wolfram on the Kojo Nnamdi Show


Walt Wolfram was recently a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5 FM at American University. Specifically Walt and Kojo discussed how politicians use regional dialect features in political speech as well as the many dialects of North Carolina.


Listen to the entire interview at The Kojo Nnamdi Show website.




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August 20

NCLLP at Packapalooza


This weekend the NCLLP took part in the NCSU's Packapalooza celebration. Most of Hillsborough Street, from the Bell Tower to Dan Allen Drive, was closed down for the street fair to celebrate NCSU's 125th anniversary! An estimated 30,000 people made it to the event, and it sure seemed like that many perused the NCLLP booth to learn more about language in North Carolina.




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