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Professor Anne Curzan

Professor Anne Curzan
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan
I love this chance to share my passion for exploring the history of language and the dynamics of everyday talk. It allows us to see and hear the language around us in entirely new ways.
Dr. Anne Curzan is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan. She earned a B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Professor Curzan has won several awards for teaching, including the University of Michigan's Henry Russel Award, the Faculty Recognition Award, and the John Dewey Award. Her research interests include the history of English, language and gender, corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and lexicography. In addition to writing numerous articles, reviews, and edited volumes, Professor Curzan is the author of Gender Shifts in the History of English and the coauthor of How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction and First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching. Beyond her teaching and research interests, she is a member of the American Dialect Society and sits on the usage panel for the American Heritage Dictionary. She can also be found talking about language in her column, Talking About Words, in Michigan Today and on the segment, That's What They Say, on Michigan Radio.
Testimonials

"Professor Curzan is not only very professional, but a delight to watch and listen too.  I'll purchase every course Professor Curzan presents."

 

"Dr. Curzan is so fun and full of enthusiasm, her lectures are a joy. I was like, "yeah!", finally somebody has noticed people saying/using words the same way I have. She explained so many word mysteries that have been nagging me."

 

"Listening to Anne Curzan's "The Secret Life of Words" is truly a joy. Her presentation is vivacious and charming, and the things one learns about the origins of English words is often surprising and funny."