Professor of Linguistics
On Sabbatical Spring 2020
With Pitzer Since: 1998
Field Group: Linguistics
Campus Address: Scott Hall 225
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Thursdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, & by appointment
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
BA, MA, Stanford University
Phonology, bilingual language acquisition, sociolinguistics
Race, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Teaching (LGCS82/SOC82)
Language and Gender (LGCS110)
Language and Society (LGCS112)
Language and Ethnicity (LGCS116)
Topics in Sociolinguistics: Language, Ethnicity, and the Media (LGCS166)
Selected Publications and Public Commentary
Professor Fought spoke about prejudice against Spanish speakers in the Los Angeles Times article “ ‘You need to speak English’: Encounters in viral videos show Spanish is still polarizing in the US,” May 28, 2018.
Professor Fought discussed linguistic issues with multiple media outlets, including the Washington Post. 2013-14.
Professor Fought was quoted in the article, “Is Twitter Jargon Pushing English to Resemble Vowel-less Hebrew,” which appeared in 972 Magazine on June 20, 2012.
Professor Fought was also cited in “Born in the USA, and with the Latino Accent to Prove It,” Fox News Latino, May 21, 2012 and in “They’re, Like, Way Ahead of the Linguistic Currrrve,” The New York Times, February 27, 2012.
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).
Selected 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.