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Faculty Author Series: Jennifer Bloomquist

Linguistics: The science of language

A conversation with Gettysburg College Africana Studies professor Jennifer Bloomquist

Bloomquist received her bachelor's degree in English literature from Clarion University in 1995, her master's degree and PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo in linguistics in 1998 and 2003, respectively. The primary focus of her research has been on category theory; she investigated the boundaries of and relationship between speakers' understanding of the categories lie, cheat, and steal in her master's thesis, and her doctoral research was on the impact of class and race on children's acquisition of semantic categories. Her current projects include the recapping of the Lower Susquehanna Valley dialect region and investigations into the differences between rural and urban, as well as between African American and European American varieties of speech in southeastern Pennsylvania. She teaches courses on the linguistic analysis of African American English, sociolinguistics, and the structure of and relationship between African languages.

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