Professor of Linguistics, West Virginia University

Dr. Kirk Hazen, resident linguist of West Virginia University’s English Department, has served as the director of the West Virginia Dialect Project since he established it in 1998. Dr. Hazen works with his undergraduate lab assistants to carry out research on American English, and focuses mainly on Appalachian and Southern dialects. He also serves as a professor and teaches both undergraduate and graduate students about a variety of topics within the linguistic field, including English in Appalachia and the history of the English language. Hazen’s research has led to a number of publications, including articles on lexical and phonological features of English in West Virginia, and his own textbook, An Introduction to Language, published in 2015. Dr. Hazen continues to engage with communities and promote sociolinguistic goals by presenting dialect diversity programs, creating curriculums for teaching about language variation in schools, and serving as a consultant on dialects and language.

Experience

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    Professor of Linguistics, West Virginia University