Angela Hoffman, Senior Lecturer in English Linguistics, Department of English
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: Language contact between English and Swedish in the United States is my central area of study. My doctoral education at the University of Minnesota trained me to use sociolinguistic fieldwork methods and archival studies to investigate speech and writing in bilingual communities. I now combine these methods with discourse analysis to survey how Swedish, a heritage language for many persons in the U.S., has been used as a linguistic resource by speakers and writers in communities that were previously settled by Swedes in the 1800s.
The empirical data I investigate include, for example, recollections and stories in speech and writing. In tracking data over more than a century in a so-called speech community, I can clearly see that writers and speakers 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.
About my teaching and departmental service: At the MA level, I teach courses on language variation, sociolinguistics, and academic writing. This term I will be teaching the following courses: “American Social Dialects,” “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 will be teaching the sociolinguistics portion of the new 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, Pedagogiska priset, from Uppsala University. In 2014, I received the distinction Excellent Teacher (Excellent lärare) from The Faculty of Languages at Uppsala University.
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