Date: Tue, 18 Oct 1994 11:32:48 -0700


Subject: Historical and socio

I've noticed that there's some overlap in the subscribers to this list

and to Anglo-Saxon Net, which I find heartening since I'm a grad student

in sociolinguistics but I also do more historically oriented research on

English, and sometimes I feel like I'm the only one in the world with both


I'd appreciate hearing from people who have similar research interests to

know how you're reconciling two areas that unfortunately are often

not seen as closely related (I can't tell you how many times people have

expressed surprise at what I do). I'd be interested in knowing:

- How common is it to find a position that allows one to wear both hats?

- Are such positions primarily in English departments, or do they exist in

linguistics departments as well?

- What kind of courses do you teach, and are both aspects of your research

equally valued and supported by your department? Were you hired to

teach in both areas or is only one seen as your "official" role?

- Which professional organizations do you belong to and what conferences do

you participate in?

- If you supervise graduate students, what type of interests do they tend to


- Do you feel at all marginalized, or are there advantages to having diverse


A lot of questions, I know, but I can use all the information I can get.

Please reply privately; I can send a summary to anyone who would like one.

Thanks a lot,

Mary Bucholtz


Dept. of Linguistics

2337 Dwinelle Hall

University of California

Berkeley, CA 94720