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Tag: Linguistics

Jun 19, 2014

‘Talkin’ Tar Heel’ Explores Dialects

A new book exploring the depth, breadth and variability of North Carolina dialects draws on twenty years of research by Professors of English Walt Wolfram and Jeffrey Reaser and their team. Learn more about 'Talkin' Tar Heel' and the North Carolina Language and Life Project. 

Dec 6, 2013

Wolfram Earns State’s Highest Civilian Honor

Professor of English Walt Wolfram has been honored with the state of North Carolina's highest civilian honor for his commitment to public service. Wolfram received the North Carolina award at a ceremony hosted by Governor Pat McCrory. 

Oct 14, 2013

Linguistics Project the Talk of the Fair

If you speak one of the diverse dialects of North Cackalacky, you'll feel right at home visiting Walt Wolfram's display at the State Fair this month. Speak nicely and you may even get a button, courtesy of the North Carolina Language and Life Project. 

Feb 4, 2013

Core Sounders Premieres

For the Core Sound residents of Carteret County, commercial fishing has been a way of life for three centuries. But the sustained seclusion that has protected their culture—and their dialect—is fast eroding. CoreSounders, a film produced by Distinguished Professor of English Walt Wolfram and directed by the Emmy Award-winning Neal Hutcheson, showcases the unique community of Carteret County. Join us for the film premiere at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh at 7 p.m. on March 14, 2013. 

Apr 11, 2012

Keeping a Dialect Alive on Ocracoke

Professor Walt Wolfram has taken students to the Outer Banks for spring break for 20 years. The annual expedition at first involved conducting research on the Outer Banks brogue. Now the trip aims to teach young Ocracokers about a tongue rarely spoken by anyone but the elderly. Wolfram says coming back to teach each year brings linguistic insights gleaned from Ocracoke back home.