On Feb. 9th, Prof. Walter Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at NC State University gave Shared Learning’s inaugural Liberman Public Lecture. He spoke about regional, social and ethnic differences in English language usage across different areas and groups of our state. Prof. Wolfram has kindly provided us with access to two important sets of materials related to his work–a Powerpoint slide show that he used in his presentation and a link to a YouTube channel where all the documentaries from The Language & Life Project at NC State are streamed.
Access to the Powerpoint slide show can be provided to Shared Learning members and others attending Prof. Wolfram’s talk. To request the link, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: Playing the slide show requires that Powerpoint is on your computer. Downloading may take some time–it is 1.7 gigabytes long, about half the length of a Hollywood movie!
Some background on Professor Wolfram: A former President of the Linguistic Society of America, Professor Wolfram has pioneered research on social and ethnic dialects since the 1960s and published 24 books, 8 edited collections, and more than 300 articles. Over the last two decades, he and his students have conducted more than 3,500 sociolinguistic interviews with residents of North Carolina. Professor Wolfram has produced 15 television documentaries and constructed 6 museum exhibits with a focus on public understanding of social linguistics.
Background to the new lecture series: For more than 20 years, Shared Learning has presented for the general public lectures by experts from academia, journalism, and other professions. These are free and open to the public. The lecture series has long been named for Prof. Gray Lindgren, a former president of Shared Learning and former UNC Professor. Now, in recognition of his more-than-decade-long leadership of the Lindgren Lecture Committee, the Shared Learning Board has renamed the public lecture series in honor of Meyer Liberman.