Michael Aceto

Title: Professor
Office: Bate 2125
Phone: 252.328.6644


Michael Aceto taught linguistic science at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras and Old Dominion University before joining the faculty at ECU in 2000. His primary research areas are sociolinguistics, diachronic linguistics, creole languages, and Englishes around the world. His published work has mostly made use of primary data gathered in the field in Panama, Barbuda, St. Eustatius, and Dominica. His articles have appeared in Language in Society, English World-Wide, American Speech, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, and in several volumes of collected articles. His book project Contact Englishes of the Eastern Caribbean was published by John Benjamins in the Varieties of English around the World series. Aceto is also interested in the interface of language and cognition as well as the perceived divide between spirituality and science. His future work has two directions. He aspires to bring the discipline of linguistics in contact with the millennia of works and thought by Buddhist scholars. Aceto is also exploring the relationship between vernacular and standard Englishes in his manuscript Everyday Language Every Day. This project is an empirical guide for understanding how language works within the literate world.


B.A. University of Connecticut
M.A. The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

Linguistics & Sociolinguistics
English Dialectology, Pidgin & Creole Languages
History of English, Field Methods

Courses Taught

LING 7680: Writing Systems of the World
LING 7565: Linguistics, Education, and ESL
LING 7530: Descriptive Linguistics
LING 7525: Language and Society
LING 6526: Phonology & Morphology
LING 5502: The Structure of English: Syntax and Semantics
LING 4730: Language and Society
LING 3750: Introductory Linguistics
LING 3720: Writing Systems of the World
LING 2760: Afro-Caribbean Language and Culture
LING 2740: Language in the USA
LING 2710: English Grammar
LING 2700: Introduction to Language Studies
ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing


Michael Aceto CV