Resume – the SPEAKING grid

As analysts of language, we are very aware that any text can serve as a portrait of identity, and there are few documents more critical in the presentation of selves over the course of our lives than our resumes (CVs). But how can we as sociolinguists bring what we know about language and how it …

Linguist, Know Thyself: Insights from your Academic Path or What You’ve Learned Thus Far

Begin by being reflective about yourself – Linguist, know thyself: Examine your own path with an eye to identifying patterns in the choices that you make and have made. In the way that you are trained as a sociolinguist to examine presuppositions, identify underlying assumptions and (often largely unsconscious) systematicity and patterning in your own …

Jan Blommaert and the career search?

Reading Blommaert today I am struck by the resonances with Doug Richardson’s talk to MLC students in the Proseminar last night. Specifically, he talks about 5 theoretical principles that underlie our research tradition as analysts of language. These also happen to resonate deeply with Doug’s observations about what social “work” takes place in the first …

Agar on culture

When I think about raising awareness of sociolinguistics, one of the biggest contributions I feel compelled to make is in helping people become more aware of their culture and of themselves in intercultural interactions. As Agar (2007) observes “Culture is something those people ‘have,’ but it’s more than that. It’s also something that happens to …

Welcome to my site

Hi, I am Anna Marie Trester.  I am the Assistant Director of the MA in Language and Communication (MLC) at Georgetown University in the Department of Linguistics.  My work here involves raising awareness of the usefulness of Sociolinguistics in today’s workplace.  In my research (on improvisational theater, peace vigils, and tourism in Costa Rica), professional …