Professor Valerie Fridland

Professor Valerie Fridland
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Michigan State University
Speech is offering us a shortcut into determining who’s like us and who isn’t; who shares our background and who doesn’t. At the same time, it can also shape our expectations and beliefs without our awareness of its sway.

Professor Valerie Fridland is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics, with a specialization in Sociolinguistics, from Michigan State University. Her teaching areas include general linguistics, sociolinguistics, syntax, language and gender, and language and social life.

As a sociolinguist, Professor Fridland’s main focus is on varieties of American English. The goal of her research is to better understand how variability in speech production relates to variability in speech perception and how social identity (such as that related to region, gender, or ethnicity) affects speech. Her research explores links between social factors and speech processing, filling gaps in the speech science literature, which does not typically consider social influences on the understanding of speech. In addition to this main focus, she examines how gender and ethnicity are enmeshed with linguistic variation.

Professor Fridland presents her work at major meetings of the Linguistic Society of America and the American Dialect Society, and at the New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference. Her work is regularly published in such journals as American Speech, the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Lingua, and the Journal of Phonetics, and appears in a number of edited collections. Professor Fridland is currently editing a collected volume on contemporary Western States English for the American Dialect Society.

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"Professor Fridland is charming, with a quirky sense of humor and keeps the listener's attention; she has a touch of drama and entertainemnt to her while speaking about a serious topic. She is quite engaging and obviously a master of the academic aspect of her work."

6 Courses and Sets

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6 Courses and Sets

  1. Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You

    Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You

    Valerie Fridland
    3.1 out of 5
    40% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (65)
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $269.95 $149.95$269.95
    Language shapes our experience, our thinking, our perceptions, and the very social systems within which our lives unfold. In these 24 revealing lectures, you’ll discover the remarkable ways in which our society is a reflection of our language; how differences in the way people use language create differences in society; and ultimately how our linguistic choices play a determining role in every aspect of our lives.
  2. (Set) Language and Society & The Secret Life of Words Set

    (Set) Language and Society & The Secret Life of Words

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Delve into the English language's most fascinating facets with this set. First, see how the words that you speak influence the way that you are perceived in society. Then, dive into the interesting stories behind the words you use every day.
  3. (Set) Language and Society & Writing and Civilization Set

    (Set) Language and Society & Writing and Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Follow the fascinating story of language with this set. First, see how the words that you speak influence the way that you are perceived in society. Then, follow the history of writing from the very first written words to modernity.
  4. (Set) Language and Society & Story of Human Language Set

    (Set) Language and Society & Story of Human Language

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Explore the history and importance of language in this set. First, see how the words that you speak influence the way that you are perceived in society. Then, follow the amazing story of human language.
  5. (Set) Language and Society & Customs of the World Set

    (Set) Language and Society & Customs of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $524.90 $379.90$524.90
    Learn how different cultures use language in this set. First, see how the words that you speak influence the way that you are perceived in society. Then, explore the different types of cultures in the world and learn to be a more informed citizen when you travel or do business internationally.
  6. (Set) Language and Society & Understanding Cultural and Human Geography Set

    (Set) Language and Society & Understanding Cultural and Human Geography

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Gain an appreciation of other cultures with this set. First, see how the words that you speak influence the way that you are perceived in society. Then, explore the fascinating interaction between human cultures and the places we call home.