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Prof. Dr. Barbara Johnstone

Englische Linguistik
Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA)
Jan. 2011 - Juli 2011

Vergangene FRIAS-Aufenthalte

  • Jan. 2011 - Juli 2011



Barbara Johnstone (PhD, University of Michigan) is Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University and editor of Language in Society. She is the author of Repetition in Arabic Discourse (Benjamins, 1990), Stories, Community, and Place: Narratives from Middle America (Indiana UP, 1990), The Linguistic Individual (Oxford, 1996), and two textbooks, Qualitative Methods in Sociolinguistics (Oxford, 2001), and Discourse Analysis (Blackwell, 2002) in addition to many articles and book chapters. Her recurrent interests have to do with how people evoke and shape places in talk and with what can be learned by taking the perspective of the individual on language and discourse. Her current work is about dialect and locality in the Pittsburgh (US) area.


Publikationen (Auswahl)
Books and Editions

  • in press. (co-editor, with Ruth Wodak and Paul Kerswill) Sage Handbook of Sociolinguistics. London: Sage.
  • 2008.  (co-editor, with Christopher Eisenhart). Rhetoric in Detail: Discourse Analysis of Rhetorical Talk and Text. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishers.
  • 2008. Discourse Analysis, 2nd Ed. Blackwell Introductions to Linguistics. (First edition 2002)
  • 2000. Qualitative Methods in Sociolinguistics Oxford UP.
  • 1996. The Linguistic Individual: Self-Expression in Language and Linguistics. Oxford UP.
  • 1991. Repetition in Arabic Discourse: Paradigms, Syntagms, and the Ecology of Language. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Pragmatics and Beyond, New Series, 18).
  • 1990. Stories, Community, and Place: Narratives from Middle America. Bloomington: Indiana UP.

Articles (selected, since 2000)

  • 2010. Locating language in identity. Language and Identity, ed. by Carmen Llamas and Dominic Watt. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Pp. 29-36.
  • 2010. Language and Geographical Space. Language and Space: An International Handbook of Linguistic Variation, ed. by Peter Auer and Jürgen Erich Schmidt. Berlin-New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • 2009 Stance, Style, and the Linguistic Individual. Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Stance, ed. by Alexandra Jaffe. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. Pp. 29-52
  • 2009. In the Profession: Choosing the Right Journal for your Manuscript. Journal of English Linguistics, 37, 375-379 (Invited column).
  • 2009. Pittsburghese Shirts: Commodification and the Enregisterment of an Urban Dialect. American Speech, 84, 157-175.
  • 2008. Indexicality and Experience: Variation and Identity in Pittsburgh (first author, with Scott F. Kiesling). Journal of Sociolinguistics, 12: 5-33.
  • 2007. Sociolinguistic Resources, Individual Identities and the Public Speech Styles of Texas Women. in Teun A. van Dijk (ed.), Benchmarks in Discourse Studies, Vol III, 219-237 New Delhi: Sage. (Reprint of my 1995 article in. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 5(2), 1-20)
  • 2007. Linking Identity and Dialect through Stancetaking. Stancetaking in Discourse: Subjectivity, Evaluation, Interaction, ed. by Robert Englebretson, 49-68. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2006. Mobility, Indexicality, and the Enregisterment of “Pittsburghese.”   (first author, with Jennifer Andrus and Andrew Danielson) Journal of English Linguistics, 34(2), 77-104. DOI 10.1177/0075424206290692
  • 2006. A New Role for Narrative in Variationist Sociolinguistics. Narrative Inquiry 16(1), 46-55. REPRINTED 2007 in Michael Bamberg (ed.), Narrative, State of the Art. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Pp. 57-67.
  • 2004 “Pittsburghese” Online: Vernacular Norming in Conversation. (first author, with Dan Baumgardt). American Speech, 79: 115-145.
  • 2004. Gender, Identity, and “Strong Language” in a Professional Woman’s Talk (second author, with Judith Mattson Bean). in Robin Tolmach Lakoff, Language and Woman's Place: Text and Commentaries. Revised and expanded edition, edited by Mary Bucholtz. New York: Oxford University Press, 237-243.

    2004.   Place, Globalization, and Linguistic Variation. Sociolinguistic Variation: Critical Reflections, ed. by Carmen Fought. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 65-83.
  • 2002. "Dahntahn" Pittsburgh: Monophthongal /aw/ and Representations of Localness in Southwestern Pennsylvania. (first author, with Neeta Bhasin and Denise Wittkofski) American Speech 77.2: 148-66.
  • 2000. The Individual Voice in Language. Annual Review of Anthropology, 29:405-24.
  • 2000. The Individual. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 9: 123-126 (special issue on “Language Matters in Anthropology: A Lexicon for the New Millennium,” ed. by Alessandro Duranti). Reprinted in Key Terms in Language and Culture, ed. by Alessandro Duranti (Blackwell, 2001), 122-125.



Speaking Pittsburghese: The social history of a dialect

I will spend my time at FRIAS working on a book about the social and discursive history of “Pittsburghese,” the (imagined) dialect of the Pittsburgh, USA area. I am exploring the history of the idea that there is a unique local dialect that is very strongly tied to local identity, as well as the discursive practices that shape, maintain, and circulate this idea. I hope to show how the history of Pittsburghese is tied to physical and social geographies, to linguistic history, and to the history of labor and industry,and shaped by mobility, identity, and class. Situated at the intersection of historical sociolinguistics, human geography, semiotics, and phenomenology, this project suggests a new framework in which to think about language, place, and identity in the context of globalization.