Join us for this week’s Spotlight Thursday featuring Walt Wolfram!
Walt Wolfram is the 2013 Institute’s American Dialect Society Professor, a sociolinguist, and the William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University. He is the director of the North Carolina Language and Life Project, an organization that focuses on research, graduate and undergraduate education, and outreach programs related to language in the American South. He has published over 20 books and 300 articles, and was an early pioneer in the study of African American English, conducting some of the earliest fieldwork on the variety in Detroit in 1969.
He is responsible for articulating the principle of linguistic gratuity which encourages linguists to give back to the communities they collect data from, and is also active in disseminating the fruits of sociolinguistic research to the public sphere. Last week we also featured his comments about the importance of the 1973 Linguistic Institute, the last Institute that was held at the University of Michigan.