William Salmon

UMD

 
 


Research

My research interests are in sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and semantics, focusing on the Afro-Latin Diaspora in Central America and the Caribbean. I have published on language ideologies, language and gender, discourse markers, modality, presupposition, Gricean implicatures, and fieldwork methodology, working primarily with Belizean Kriol, Brazilian Portuguese, and Atlantic Englishes. I am also very interested in the relation of language attitudes to language endangerment, and I take up this question in my current book project on Kriol and the Maya Mopan language of Belize.


Teaching

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


Education

I received my PhD in linguistics from Yale University in 2009. My advisor at Yale was Larry Horn, and my dissertation is entitled Dislocations, Context, and Composition: or, Double Subjects in Brazilian Portuguese. 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).

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