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University of Pittsburgh

Scott F. Kiesling

PhD, Linguistics, Georgetown University

Contact Info:

2828 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Linguistics
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-5916


Courses Taught

LING 1235/2235: Language, Gender, and Society

LING 1267: Aspects of Sociolinguistics

LING 1930: Applications of Linguistics

LING 2267: Sociolinguistics

LING 2761: Discourse Analysis

LING 3267: Advanced Sociolinguistics - Variation Analysis


Research Interests

Scott Kiesling's research in sociolinguistics focuses on the areas of language and gender, style shifting and stance, ethnicity, language change, and social meaning in language. He is currently pursuing social meaning and language change in Pittsburgh speech, and is working on a pilot project on the development of awareness of social variation in small children (this is not a reference to his own small children!).


Selected Publications

2005. "Homosocial Desire in Men's Talk: Balancing and Recreating Cultural Discourses of Masculinity." Language in Society 34,5: 695-727.

2005. "Variation, Style, and Stance: Word-final -er and Ethnicity in Australian English." English World Wide 26,1: 1-42.

2004. "Dude." American Speech. 79, 3: 281-305.

2001. "'Now I Gotta Watch What I Say': Shifting Constructions of Gender and Dominance in Discourse." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 11,2: 250-273

2001. "Stances of Whiteness and Hegemony in Fraternity Men's Discourse" Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 11,1: 101-115.

1998. "Men's Identities and Sociolinguistic Variation: The Case of Fraternity Men." Journal of Sociolinguistics 2:1, 69-100.