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Professor Carmen Fought Featured on PBS Program "Do You Speak American?"

Carmen FoughtAssociate Professor of Linguistics Carmen Foughtis featured in Hour Three of the PBS program "Do You Speak American?" The program aired Wednesday, January 5 on Los Angeles affiliate KCET and was repeated Sunday, January 9.

Hour Three of the series explores Chicano, the thriving, distinct street talk of the Los Angeles Latino community, taking a trip to an inner-city park packed with urban teens accompanied by Carmen Fought.

Carmen Fought is an associate professor of linguistics at Pitzer College and author of Chicano English in Context (Palgrave/Macmillan) and the editor of Sociolinguistic Variation (Oxford University Press). Her research focuses on the dialects of California, from those associated with Latinos and Latinas to the infamous "Valley Girl" way of speaking. Dr. Fought is also studying the representation of language in the media, including films, television and commercials.

For more on "Do You Speak American?" visit the website at www.pbs.org/speak