Scott F. Kiesling

  • Professor
  • Chair, Department of Linguistics

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

Education & Training

  • PhD, Linguistics, Georgetown University

Representative Publications


2015. Johnstone, Barbara, Dan Baumgardt, Maeve Eberhardt, and Scott Kiesling. Pittsburgh Speech and Pittsburghese. New York: Mouton.

2011. Kiesling, Scott F. Linguistic Variation and Change. Edinburgh Sociolinguistics Series. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press.

Edited Volume

2012. Paulston, Christina Bratt, Scott F. Kiesling and Elizabeth Rangel, eds. The Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

In press. Kiesling, Scott F. “Masculine stances and the linguistics of affect: On masculine ease.” Norma: International Journal of Masculinity Studies. Special Issue: Masculinity and Affect.

2013. Kiesling, Scott F. “Flirting and ‘normative’ sexualities.” Journal of Language and Sexuality 2:1 (2013), 102–122. doi10.1075/jls.2.1.04kie

2011. Kiesling, Scott F. “The interactional construction of desire as gender.” Gender and Language 5(2): 213-239.

2010. Kiesling, Scott F., and Elka Ghosh Johnson. “Four forms of interactional indirection”. Journal of Pragmatics, Special issue on indirectness. Scott Kiesling (ed.). 42,2:292-306.

Book Chapters

In press. Kiesling, Scott F. "Stances of gender and sexuality in interaction.” In Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality, ed. by Judith Baxter and Jo Angouri. Routledge.

In press. Kiesling, Scott F. “Stancetaking with dialect and gender: Masculine stances in Pittsburgh.” In Identity and Dialect Performance, ed. by Reem Bassiouney. Routledge.

In press. Kiesling, Scott F. “Stance.” In The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality, Kira Hall and Rusty Barrett (eds.). Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press.

2009. Kiesling, Scott F. “Style as stance: Can stance be the primary explanation for patterns of sociolinguistic variation?” In Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Stance. Alexandra Jaffe (ed). Oxford University Press. pp. 171-194.

Research Interest Summary

Language & gender, stance, ethnicity, language change, Pittsburgh speech

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!).

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