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About Kirk Hazen

Dr. Kirk Hazen, 
Director of the WVDP

Dr. Kirk Hazen

Dr. Kirk Hazen, resident linguist of West Virginia University’s English Department, has served as the director of the West Virginia Dialect Project since he established it in 1998. Dr. Hazen works with his undergraduate lab assistants to carry out research on American English, and focuses mainly on Appalachian and Southern dialects. He also serves as a professor and teaches both undergraduate and graduate students about a variety of topics within the linguistic field, including English in Appalachia and the history of the English language. Hazen’s research has led to a number of publications, including articles on lexical and phonological features of English in West Virginia, and his own textbook, An Introduction to Language, published in 2015. Dr. Hazen continues to engage with communities and promote sociolinguistic goals by presenting dialect diversity programs, creating curriculums for teaching about language variation in schools, and serving as a consultant on dialects and language.

Selected Grants

  • Phonetic Variation in Appalachia (BCS-1120156). A grant proposal funded by the National Science Foundation. September 2011–August 2015 ($239,724).             
  • A Sociolinguistic Baseline for English in Appalachia (BCS-0743489). A grant proposal funded by the National Science Foundation. January 2008–February 2012 ($252,243).

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. 2005 ($5,000).
  • A Sociolinguistic Study of Bidialectalism (BCS-9982647). A grant proposal funded by the National Science Foundation. July 2000–June 2002 ($56,300).

Selected Books

Selected Journal Articles

  • Forging third-wave dialectology. 2015.  Dialectologia  15: 65-81.
  • A new role for an ancient variable in Appalachia: Paradigm leveling and standardization in West Virginia. 2014.  Language Variation and Change  26.1: 77-102.
  • The fall of demonstrative them : Evidence from Appalachia. 2011. Coauthored with Sarah Hamilton and Sarah Vacovsky. English World-Wide 32.1: 74–103. 
  • Flying high above the social radar: Coronal stop deletion in modern Appalachia. 2011.  Language Variation and Change  23.1: 105-137.
  • A dialect turned inside out: Migration and the Appalachian diaspora. 2008. Coauthored with Sarah Hamilton. Journal of English Linguistics 36.2: 105–128.
  • Identity and language variation in a rural community. 2002. Language 78.2: 240–257.
  • Isolation within isolation: A solitary century of African-American Vernacular English. 1997. Coauthored with Walt Wolfram and Jennifer Ruff Tamburro. Journal of Sociolinguistics 1: 7–38.