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Department of English

Dr. Bridget Anderson, Associate Professor, Linguistics


Ph.D. University of Michigan 
M.A. North Carolina State University 
B.A. Western Carolina University 

5054 Batten Arts & Letters
blanders <AT> odu.edu


  • Sociolinguistics
  • Southern English
  • American English
  • English Linguistics


  • Sociophonetics
  • Language Ideology
  • Appalachian English
  • Southern English
  • African American English
  • American English
  • Voice Recognition (with emphasis on vernacular features)


State Council Higher Education Virginia, Outstanding Faculty Award (Rising Star), 2008

Selected Publications


Anderson, Bridget L. (2008). Migration, Accommodation, and Language Change: At the Intersection of Regional and Ethnic Identities. Palgrave Studies in Language Variation series. Palgrave Macmillan Press.


Anderson, Bridget L. forthcoming. "A quantitative acoustic approach to /ai/ glide weakening among Detroit African American and Appalachian White Southern Migrants." Language and Variety in the South III: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

Anderson, Bridget. (2002). "Dialect leveling and /ai/ monophthongization among African American Detroiters." Journal of Sociolinguistics vol. 6.1: 86-98.

Anderson, Bridget. (1999). "Source-language transfer and vowel accommodation in the patterning of Cherokee English /ai/ and /oi/." American Speech vol. 74.4: 339-368