Dr. Barbara Johnstone Visits IUP to Discuss Pittsburghese

Posted on 11/18/2008 10:18:40 AM

Carnegie Mellon University professor of Linguistics and revered author Dr. Barbara Johnstone visited IUP on Thursday, October 30, 2008, sponsored by the English Department. More than seventy students and faculty members assembled in the Monongahela Room in the HUB to consider her recent findings on Pittsburghese, a local English dialect.

This presentation explored the emergence of Pittsburghese from the same Scots-Irish influence as the Appalachian dialect and how it has been addressed, traditionally, in the classroom. The presentation was followed by a roundtable discussion and brief reception where students and faculty were able to discuss other research they have been conducting.

Johnstone’s most recent publication, Discourse Analysis, has been highly acclaimed for its significant contributions to the linguistics field and is currently being used in the M.A. TESOL program at IUP.