Teresa Pratt Sociolinguistics Lab, University of Duisburg-Essen

I'm a sociolinguist, primarily interested in how speakers make use of all the subtle differences in pronunciation to construct and interpret the social world around us.

My research connects the social meaning of variation in interaction to broader community-wide patterns of linguistic variation.

I'm currently a postdoc in the Sociolinguistics Lab at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, where I work with Isa Buchstaller (PI) and Yolandi Ribbens-Klein.

I did my PhD at Stanford University. My advisors were Penny Eckert and Rob Podesva, and I was involved with the Voices of California Project.

I did my dissertation fieldwork in the San Francisco Bay Area, and while I was finishing my PhD I was a lecturer at Stanford as well as in the English Department at San Francisco State University.

I got my Bachelor's degree from Ohio State University, where I worked primarily with Kathryn Campbell-Kibler.

Office hours: Tuesdays 14:30-15:30, and by appointment
R12 R04 H81, Universitätsstr. 12

Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.

Ursula K. Le Guin, Telling is Listening

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