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Carmen Fought, PhD
Professor of Linguistics

Carmen Fought, PhD

    With Pitzer Since: 1998
    Field Group: Linguistics
    Campus Address: Scott Hall 225
    Phone: 909.607.4535

    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
    B.A., M.A., Stanford University

Research Interests:

  • Phonology, bilingual language acquisition, sociolinguistics

Recent Courses:

  • Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Teaching (LGCS82/SOC82)
  • Language and Gender (LGCS110)
  • Language and Society (LGCS112)
  • Bilingualism (LGCS115)
  • Language and Ethnicity (LGCS116)
  • Topics in Sociolinguistics: Language, Ethnicity, and the Media (LGCS166)

Selected Publications and Public Commentary:

  • Reviewed Television Dialogue: The Sitcom Friends vs. Natural Conversation by P. Quaglio, in Linguistics and Education, vol. 22, no.3 (September 2011).
  • “Language as a Representation of Mexican American Identity,” English Today, vol. 26, no. 3 (September 2010).
  • Reviewed Homegirls: Language and Cultural Practice among Latina Youth Gangs by Norma Mendoza-Denton, in Language in Society, vol.38, no. 2 (April 2009).
  • Quoted in "Celebrity Accents: It's All Very Tongue-in-Chic," USA Today (January 28, 2008).
  • Language and Ethnicity: Key Topics in Sociolinguistics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • “Talkin’ with Mi Gente (Chicano English),” in Walt Wofran and Ben Ward, eds., American Voices: How Dialects Differ from Coast to Coast. Maden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.
  • Interviewed on “Senate Vote Reignites Debate Over English Language,” by Gwenn Ifill on PBS Newshour, May 23, 2006.
  • Sociolinguistic Variation: Critical Reflections. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • “Sonority and Climate in a World Sample of Languages: Findings and Prospects,” Cross-Cultural Research, vol.38, no.1. With John G. Fought, Robert L. Munroe, and Erin M. Good.
  • Chicano English in Context. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
  • “California Students’ Perceptions of, You Know, Regions and Dialects?” in Daniel Long and Dennis R. Preston, eds., Handbook of Perceptiual Dialectology, volume 2. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2002.
  • “Rhythmicity or Sonority: Response to Ember and Ember's ‘Cross-Language Predictors of Consonant-Vowel Syllables’,” American Anthropologist, vol.102, no.4 (December 2000). With Robert L Munroe and John Fought.
  • “A Majority Sound Change in a Minority Community: /u/-fronting in Chicano English,” Journal of Sociolinguistics, vol.3, no.1 (February 1999).

Conferences and Invited Talks:

  • Plenary Speaker, 40th Linguistic Association of the Southwest, South Padre Island, TX, September 30, 2011.
  • Speaker, VOX California: Cultural Meanings of Linguistic Diversity workshop, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, April 3-4, 2009.
  • Invited speaker, Linguistics Program, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA, April 2008.
  • "I'd Better Schedule an MRI: The Linguistic Construction of 'White' Ethnicity," paper presented at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 2007.