We strongly believe that the knowledge we gain from our research should be accessible not only to academics, but also to the general public. The more we talk to people in DC, the more we become aware that just about everyone is interested in language, and everyone has a lot to teach us about what language means to them.

We are especially interested in raising awareness about the value of linguistic and cultural diversity. We are available for outreach and public engagement work in the DC area. Please let us know if you would like us to work with your organization to plan and present a class, workshop or other program related to dialects and languages in DC!

Check out some of our recent media appearances!

‘Is there a Washington, DC accent?’ National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, July 7, 2016

‘Does the DC region have a unique accent?’ WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, June 22, 2016

‘Is there a D.C. dialect? It’s a topic locals are pretty “cised” to discuss.’ The Washington Post, July 19, 2014

‘Do you have a DC dialect?’ Georgetown College Newsletter, September 22, 2015

WTOP 103.5 FM website, ‘Real language of Washington, DC: Get “cised”,’ News story on ‘DC Speak’, Invited presentation and panel discussion on Language and Communication in Washington, DC. Humanities Council of Washington, DC, ‘Humanitini’ humanities outreach program. March 28, 2014:

‘Do you speak D.C.?’ Georgetown linguists study Washington-area language. WAMU National Public Radio (Washington, DC), Metro Connection. November 30, 2012:

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  1. This is a wonderful project.
    I have lived in SE washington DC my entire life… It wasn’t until I attended Tufts University in Medford, MA that I noticed I had my own dialect.
    I currently teach within DCPS & I’ve been conducting brief ethnographies and composing a similar language dictionary. Id love to help out with this program. My degree is in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in African American Studies

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