ADS Experts Page

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Wed Apr 7 14:01:27 UTC 2004

Hey all,

I am working on the next iteration of the American Dialect Society web
site. As part of that, I am compiling an "experts page." I currently
have some names, but I would ask that anyone interested in being on
this list please (re)submit their information. All ADS members, as long
as they have a particular bit of expertise to offer, are welcome.

The experts page will be public and is intended to give media a list of
specialists to call.

Given the amount of mail I currently receive as the catch-all address
for the ADS web site, I do not anticipate that you would receive more
than a few messages or calls a month as a result of being on this page.

The page will include warnings and caveats intended to divert idle
queries from John Q. Internet and high school students who want you to
do their homework; however, you should make sure I only have
information you would want anyone to have. Also, I will do my best to
encode email addresses so that they are less easy to pick up with spam

To participate in the experts page, please send the following:

1. Your Name: Dennis R. Preston

2. Your Professional or Academic Affiliation and Title: Michigan
State University, University Distinguished Professor of Linguistics

3. Relevant Books You Have Authored, Co-Authored, Edited, etc. (keep
this short, please):
With Nancy Niedzielski, 2003, rev. pb. ed, Folk Linguistics, Mouton de Gruyter.
With Daniel Long (eds), 2000, Handbook of Perceptual Dialectology II,
Ed. 2003, Needed Research in American Dialects, 2003 (PADS 88).

4. Select Articles, Monographs, or Papers You Have Written (short,
please) Above is enough.

5. Any Other Public Faces You Wear (regular media gigs, for example)

6. A Short Summary of Your Educational or Professional Background
(short, please)
B.A. Humanities, University of Louisville, 1961
PhD, English Linguistics, University of Wisconsin, 1969

7. Subjects, Topics, and Themes About Which You Can Answer Questions
(be specific, please, and remember you're writing for laypersons; I
would recommend that our word researchers include here brief
descriptions of any work they feel is badly propagated)
American dialects
Language variation and change
Language attitudes
Folk linguistics

8. The Best Way To Reach You, and When
preston at



Grant Barrett
gbarrett at
American Dialect Society webmaster

More information about the Ads-l mailing list