William Salmon




My research interests are in sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and semantics, and they focus on the Afro-Latin Diaspora in the Caribbean and the U.S.


I enjoy teaching in sociolinguistics, semantics-pragmatics, applied linguistics, discourse analysis, world Englishes, language and gender, Creole linguistics, historical linguistics, bi/multilingualism, and language and literature.


I received my PhD in linguistics from Yale University in 2009. My advisor at Yale was Larry Horn.. Before I went to Yale I did an MA in linguistics and literature at the University of North Texas, where my advisor was Haj Ross.

Academic Appointments

I have been at the University of Minnesota Duluth since the fall of 2011. From 2008-2011, I was a lecturer in the linguistics division of the Department of English, at the University of British Columbia Vancouver.

Erdös and Firth Numbers

I do not have an Erdös number; however, I have a Firth number of 2, which is computed like this:

(1)  I was in This Means War (2012) with Tom Hardy;

(2) Tom Hardy was in  Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) with Colin Firth!

  1. 1.In Xela, Guatemala, August 2014.

  2. 2.Jean-D, demonstrating over my office, on a beautiful blue sky day.

  3. 3.Duluth swimming in the summertime  (photo courtesy of National Geographic).