Office Address: Coulter 414
Teaching and Research:
Erin Callahan teaches classes in linguistics, TESOL, and English Education at WCU. She researches morphosyntactic and phonological variation in ethnic dialects of English, including a variety of Hispanicized English (HE) which is currently emerging in North Carolina. She also works on the acquisition of NC African American English (currently, in conjunction with a project at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill). She is affiliated with the North Carolina Language and Life Project (NCLLP) at North Carolina State University, where she served as a site coordinator for sociolinguistic research in three Durham Public Schools, as well as a Spanish language fieldworker in south Texas. She received her B.A. in Linguistics at Yale University, where she did fieldwork in the French West Indies on Guadeloupe Creole, and her M.A. in English from N.C. State. She grew up in Charlotte (N.C.) and is a proud, native North Carolinian. She has taught high school Spanish, French, and English as a Second Language (ESL) in the public school systems in Durham and Granville Counties and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at the Summer Institute in English at NC State University and at a bilingual school in Querétaro, México. She has worked as a journalist at alternative weekly newspapers in Stanford, CT and Charlotte, NC. She is a former rugby player, current beagle-lover, and longtime documentary film buff.