Professor Natalie Schilling

Professor Natalie Schilling
  • Georgetown University
  • The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
If we approach language not as grammarians – as guardians of proper usage–but as scientists–as linguists–then we need to study human language as it really is, not how we think it should be.

Dr. Natalie Schilling is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and head of a research project at Georgetown University called Language and Communication in Washington, DC. She earned a doctorate in Linguistics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received a bachelor’s degree in English, and she holds a master’s degree in English from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Schilling has appeared on a number of NPR programs, and has authored and contributed to articles in national publications. She is the author of Sociolinguistic Fieldwork, coauthor of American English: Dialects and Variation (third edition), and coeditor of The Handbook of Language Variation and Change (second edition). She has conducted forensic linguistic investigation of speaker profiling and authorship attribution, applying expertise in American English dialect variation to casework.

Dr. Schilling is keenly interested in American literature as well as American linguistics, especially in the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Mark Twain. She specializes in the study of language variation and change in American English dialects, including regional, ethnic, and gender-based language varieties. Dr. Schilling’s main expertise is stylistic variation: how and why individuals use different language styles as they shape and reshape personal, interpersonal, and group identities and relations.

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  1. English in America: A Linguistic History Sale

    English in America: A Linguistic History

    Natalie Schilling
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    62% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Would you address a group of people as: “you guys,” “yinz,” “y’all,” or something else? Your answer can provide insight into who you are. American English has a colorful history, influenced by contact between many cultures. Dialect variations are widespread, reflecting and shaping changes in our society. The many American EnglishES represent who we have always been as a nation: e pluribus unum—out of...
  2. (Set) English in America & Writing and Civilization Set

    (Set) English in America & Writing and Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
    This two-course set reveals fascinating insights into our language—and the world-changing development of written language. Start with English in America: A Linguistic History to witness the evolution of dialects in America into American English. Then trace the remarkable saga of the invention of “visible speech,” from its earliest origins to its future in the digital age, with Writing and Civilization.
  3. (Set) English in America & Building a Better Vocabulary Set

    (Set) English in America & Building a Better Vocabulary

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.90 Starting at $309.90 $584.90 $309.90$584.90
    You’re often defined by what you say, so choose your words carefully. This two-course set will provide the context for you to select the best word in every situation. English in America: A Linguistic History reveals the intriguing story of how American English came to be—and where it's going next. Building a Better Vocabulary gives you a plethora of word choices to express yourself and make a great impression.
  4. (Set) English in America & History of the English Language, 2nd Edition Set

    (Set) English in America & History of the English Language, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $289.90 Starting at $289.90 $574.90 $289.90$574.90
    Ever wonder why “awesomesauce” made it to the Oxford Dictionary? This two-course set of English in America: A Linguistic History and History of the English Language, 2nd Edition will give you exceptional insight into the history and evolution of the English language, from the influence of French, German, and Spanish speakers (on both sides of the pond) to the newest text acronyms.
  5. (Set) English in America & The Secret Life of Words Set

    (Set) English in America & The Secret Life of Words

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $289.90 Starting at $289.90 $574.90 $289.90$574.90
    English is a constantly evolving language. This two-course set provides a deep dive into the history of how our language came to be—and where it's going next. Start with English in America: A Linguistic History, delving into the dialects that form American English. Then The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins gives you an informative survey of English, from its origins to the rise of...
  6. (Set) English in America & Story of Human Language  Set

    (Set) English in America & Story of Human Language

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $289.90 Starting at $289.90 $574.90 $289.90$574.90
    This two-course set reveals fascinating insights into our language—and the phenomenon of language itself. Start with English in America: A Linguistic History to witness the evolution of dialects in America into American English. Then The Story of Human Language uncovers the millennia-long saga of speech.