“Critical discourse analysis”

Hey women, you’re doing it wrong! This is sometimes what I think the slogan of the movement to “help” women speak more authoritatively should be. I believe intentions around this topic have been good and that the topic of gendered speech patterns that are a result of and perpetuate arbitrary stereotypes is enormously important. However,…

Dialogue expert?

I recently tried my hand as a linguistic consultant for a screenwriter. Through a listserv, I learned of someone in New York who was seeking assistance from a dialogue expert on his movie script. I’m a sociolinguist; I firmly believe my in-depth training in linguistics and, in my case, discourse analysis in particular, is applicable in any field. Language…

Grad School blog

To see earlier blog posts I wrote during graduate school, click here.