“It is not obvious, is it, after all, that the energies of linguistics should be devoted entirely to the signals that tell where things can be bought in department stores, and not at all to the signals that tell where the people in the department stores have come from, are now, and aspire to be?” ~Dell Hymes


I am a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University.

As a
sociolinguist, I believe identity is created in the shared space between speaker and listener.
My research examines speech production (in ethnographic and experimental contexts) and speech perception.

My dissertation, "What it means to be NorCal Country: Variation and marginalization in rural California," is an ethnographic study of local ways of being and talking "country" in one remote, mountainous California county. The dissertation explores how these "country" styles are constructed in opposition to liberal, urban, coastal California(ns). I also analyze the language and lifestyles of the county's Nor-Rel-Muk Indians, who are marginalized by the dominant white culture, despite the fact that many residents claim Native American heritage.

Some of my other recent research has focused on the rich possibilities for phonetic symbolism in English and Arabic speech styles, as well as on issues of language, gender and sexuality in non-urban areas.

katerose (at) stanford (dot) edu

Postal mail may be sent to:
Katherine Rose Geenberg
Margaret Jacks Hall, Bldg. 460
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2150

You can download a copy of my CV