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Benjamin Torbert

Benjamin Torbert

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director 
420 Lucas Hall

PhD, English, Linguistics concentration, Duke University
MA, English, Linguistics concentration, North Carolina State University
BA, Classical Languages, Duke University

A sociolinguist, Benjamin Torbert studies the relationships between dialect and regional and ethnic identity, especially in the American South and among Native Americans.  He has authored and co-authored publications on language variety in American SpeechSouthern Journal of Linguistics, the de Gruyter World Atlas of Varieties of English, and in other venues.  Other interests include pedagogy in the teaching of Linguistics, syntax in English-language literature, and portrayals of vernacular speakers in television and in film. 

Courses taught at UMSL

HON 3010 and EN 5950/Language, Ethnicity, and Inequality in HBO's The Wire 
HON 3010/The Linguistic Study of African American English 

HON 3010/Revelations of Grace: The Fiction of Flannery O'Connor

EN 4800/Introduction to Linguistics 

EN 4810/Descriptive English Grammar 
EN 4820/History of the English Language 

EN 5800/Variety in Language 

Curriculum Vitae