Language variation and change; History of the English language; Critical linguistics; Language attitudes and standardization; Linguistic applications to literature; Discourse theory and analysis; African American language and literature; and American literature after 1865.
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331
Office: (269) 387-2583
923 Sprau Tower
Ph.D., University of Georgia (2002)
Lisa Minnick joined the faculty at Western in 2004, after two years as a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She regularly teaches Language Variation in American English and the Development of Modern English and has also designed and taught specialized courses including Language, Gender, and Culture; Language in the African American Community; the Language of American Literature; and Politics and the English Language.
Her first book, Dialect and Dichotomy: Literary Representations of African American Speech (Alabama, 2004), was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2006. Her work also appears in Language and Literature, The Southern Journal of Linguistics, Varieties in Writing: The Written Word as Linguistic Evidence, and The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. She is currently at work on two book projects, A History of the History: Philosophies and Texts for Teaching the History of the English Language and Critical Linguistics: An Interdiscipline in Theory and Practice.
Recipient of the 2010 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award for Professional Service, Dr. Minnick has also been nominated twice for the WMU Distinguished Teaching Award and once for the Emerging Scholar Award. She chairs the Department of English Policy Committee and co-chairs the WMU Linguistics Steering Committee, serves on the Association Council of the WMU-AAUP, and is faculty advisor for the WMU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association Division on Language Change and recently completed a three-year term on the editorial advisory board for American Speech, the journal of the American Dialect Society.