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Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics
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Bridget L. Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Applied Linguistics and Graduate Program Director. Bridget Anderson’s research investigates the social meaning of fine-grained acoustic detail. She applies laboratory-standard methods of acoustic analysis to data collected using ethnographic fieldwork. She has worked on Cherokee English, Smoky Mountain English, African American English in Detroit, Appalachian English in Detroit, Southern varieties of English in Roswell, GA, and Tidewater Englishes. She directs Tidewater Voices: An Oral History and Dialect Project. Anderson teaches undergraduate classes such as English Linguistics and Special Topics courses in Language & Discrimination and Southern & African American English and graduate courses such as American English and Sociolinguistics. Bridget Anderson also works with law enforcement in the area of forensic phonetic casework involving voice comparisons, using acoustic analysis. She also welcomes opportunities for community outreach such as dialect awareness programs, which raise awareness about the nature and function of linguistic diversity. In 2008, Anderson received a State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award in the Rising Star category. She completed undergraduate work at Western Carolina University (English), her M.A. in English with a concentration in linguistics at N.C. State, and her Ph.D. in Linguistics at University of Michigan. (blanders@odu.edu)

Janet M. Bing, Ph.D., Professor of English and Applied Linguistics. Janet Bing currently teaches a variety of courses, including Language, Gender, and Power, Language and Communication Across Cultures, Rhetoric and Discourse Across Cultures, The History of English, and Phonology.  She is an editor for a number of publications in linguistics and gender studies. Her publications include Aspects of English Prosody, Grammar Guide, Rethinking Language and Gender Research (with Victoria Bergvall and Alice Freed) and articles in various journals about language and gender, humor, intonation, tone, and the West African language, Krahn (Gborbo). She has won a number of teaching awards and was a University nominee for the State Council of Higher education Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in 2007. In the past she taught English in the public schools in the U.S. and English as a foreign language in Afghanistan with the Peace Corps.  Her Ph.D. is from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, her M.A. from Stanford University, and her B.A. from Coe College. (jbing@odu.edu)

Joanne Scheibman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Applied Linguistics. Joanne Scheibman’s research focuses on ways in which meaning and participant interaction contribute to grammatical and lexical patterning in English conversations. Her book, Point of view and grammar, proposes that speakers’ attitudes, evaluations, and metalinguistic commentaries (subjectifying elements) have a robust influence on the distribution of utterances found in English conversations. Scheibman’s background in the analysis of conversational discourse, functional and typological approaches to grammar and meaning, and social and cultural aspects of language use allow her to teach a wide range of courses for the MA in Applied Linguistics, including General Linguistics, Syntax, Semantics, Discourse Analysis, Discourse & Rhetoric Across Cultures, and History of the English Language. She was the recipient of the College of Arts & Letters Robert L. Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and was designated University Professor in 2008. Her Ph.D. is from the University of New Mexico. (http://www.odu.edu/~jscheibm/)

Alla Zareva, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English and Applied Linguistics. Alla Zareva teaches a range of applied linguistics courses, including first and second language acquisition, methods for teaching English to speakers of other languages, English grammar, etc. Her research interests cover a wide range of topics, such as the organization of the mental lexicon of bilingual language users, lexical features of student academic presentations, adverbial uses in academic discourse, stance and persuasion in prepared oral discourse, etc. She has had the privilege to carry out research and work at several remarkable universities in the U.S. and abroad and has published and presented her work both nationally and internationally. (azareva@odu.edu)

Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics