Published: Oct. 29, 2019

Prof. Sharese King (Linguistics, University of Chicago) gave the Distinguished Undergraduate Lecture in Linguistics at CU on November 7, 2019. A catered reception preceded the talk. Prof. King is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago, and starting Fall 2020, a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in Linguistics at U Chicago. Her work explores connections between language, race, and place, primarily concerning the ways the speech of African Americans is constructed, radicalized, and evaluated by listeners. Her work has appeared in the journals Language and The Annual Review in Linguistics, and she has appeared in the documentary Talking Black in America. Dr. King's lecture, entitled "The Linguistic Construction of Race and Place in Rochester, New York", was jointly sponsored by the departments of Linguistics, Communication, English, Anthropology and Women's Studies.