Keith Walters



(503) 725-9186

    Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin 1989
    M.A. Linguistics, University of South Carolina, Columbia 1981
    B.A. English, Furman University 1975

    Courses Taught

    • LING 390: Introduction to Linguistics
    • LING 407: Senior Seminar: Arguing about Language
    • LING 410/510: Selected Topics: Language and Nationalism in the Middle East, African Americans in their Speech Communities, Language, Gender, & Sexuality
    • LING 416/516: Discourse Analysis
    • LING 432/532: Sociolinguistics
    • LING 475/575: Curriculum Design & Materials Development
    • LING 480/580: Bilingualism
    • LING 507: Thesis/Project Writing Workshop
    • LING 559: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Applied Linguistics
    • LING 560: Research Design for Applied Linguistics
    • LING 561: Research Methodology for Applied Linguistics

    Research Interests

    • Sociolinguistics, including language and identity in North Africa and the Middle East
    • Bilingualism, including codeswitching and diglossic switching
    • Language and the law, especially Speak-English-Only rules in the workplace
    • Language diversity in the US, including African American English
    • Language, gender, and sexuality
    • Expert-witness in cases dealing with Speak-English-Only rules in the workplace, medical malpractice, and libel

    Representative Publications

    • Walters, K. (in press). Language and identity in Tunisia: “Without Tunisian Arabic, We’re not Tunisians.” In L. Volk (Ed.), Middle East in the world: An introductory guide. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
    • Walters, K., Lunsford, A., & Ruszkiewicz, A. (2012). Everything’s an argument, with readings (6th ed.). New York: Bedford/St.Martin’s Press.
    • Walters, K., Lunsford, A., Ede, L., Moss, B.J., & Paper, C.C. (2012).  Everyone’s an author. New York: Norton.
    • Walters, K., Pizer, G., & Meier, R. (2012). "We communicated that way for a reason": Language practices and language ideologies among hearing adults whose parents are deaf. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. doi: 10.1093/deafed/ens031
    • Walters, K., & Chun, E. (2011). Orienting to Arab orientalisms: Language, race, and humor in a You Tube video. In C. Thurlow & K. Mroczek (Eds.), Digital discourse: Language in the new media (pp. 251-273). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
    • Walters, K. (2011). Gendering French: Historicizing Tunisian language ideologies. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 211, 83-111.
    • Walters, K. (2011). Education for Jewish girls in 19th- and early 20th-century Tunis and the spread of French in Tunisia. In E. Gottreich & D. Schroeter (Eds.), Jewish culture and society in North Africa (pp. 257-281). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.