Angela Hoffman, Universitetslektor i engelsk språkvetenskap, Engelska institutionen
Akademiska meriter: PhD, docent
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PhD in English, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, 1999
MA in English, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1988
BA in English Teaching, summa cum laude, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, 1984
About my research: The main strands of my research are Swedish as a heritage language in the United States, language shift, postvernacularity, language ideology, and language contact between English and Swedish. My doctoral work at the University of Minnesota trained me to use sociolinguistic fieldwork methods and archival studies to investigate speech and writing in bilingual communities. I use these approaches, together with discourse analysis, to understand how Swedish, which is a heritage language for many persons in the U.S., has been used by speakers and writers in communities that were previously settled by Swedes in the 1800s.
I investigate language patterns in community cookbooks, ego documents (such as personal letters written by Swedish immigrants, their diaries, and family histories), local church records and histories, and oral narratives. In tracking materials over more than a century in Swedish-American communities, I can clearly see that writers return to certain kinds of topics again and again. Therefore, when I carry out longitudinal discourse analysis, I follow the fascinating path of Swedish and English in contact with each other.
I also investigate the relationship between language shift and ideology about language in Swedish-American congregations. Together with Professor Joshua R. Brown (University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire), I am working on some historical sociolinguistic studies.
About my teaching and departmental service: At the MA level, I teach courses on language variation, sociolinguistics, and academic writing. These advanced-level courses include “From Project to Paper: Writing about Linguistic Research,” “Language in Society: Theory, Analysis, and Interpretation,” “World Englishes: Social and Linguistic Perspectives,” and “Academic Writing in the Social Sciences.” I also supervise and examine MA thesis projects.
At the undergraduate level, I teach the sociolinguistics portion of the course called “Communities, Speakers, Texts: Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic Perspectives on English.” During most terms, I also teach academic writing on several levels.
In 2011, I received one of the university-wide teaching awards, the Pedagogical Prize (Pedagogiska priset) from Uppsala University. In 2014, I was awarded the title Distinguished Teacher (Excellent lärare) from The Faculty of Languages at Uppsala University.
I currently serve as the Director of Doctoral Studies in the Department of English.
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