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Michael Aceto

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

Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
Linguistics & Sociolinguistics
English Dialectology, Pidgin & Creole Languages
History of English, Field Methods

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

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Michael Aceto