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Joan Hall

Joan Hall

Expert on the American English language and its regional and social dialects

Chief Editor Emerita, Dictionary of American Regional English; Distinguished Scientist; English College of Letters and Science Work: 608-263-2744 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • American English from the colonial period to the present
  • Regional variation in American English
  • Social variation in American English
  • Lexicography (dictionary-making)


  • President, American Dialect Society, 2005-06
  • President, Dictionary Society of North America, 1999-2001, named fellow of the society in 2009
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research, 2004
  • Principal investigator on grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, etc.