Harry and Jane Willson Professor in Humanities
kretzsch@uga.edu
Office:
Office: 317 Park (Atlas), 313 Park (faculty office)

Professor Kretzschmar (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1980) began his career as a medievalist (dissertation on Middle Scots poetry, medieval literary theory), and has over time become more associated with English Language Studies. In addition to his full-time appointment at UGA, he has academic appointments at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and the University of Oulu (Finland). He is the editor of the Linguistic Atlas Project, a national center for survey research on American English. He also has a long-term sociolinguistic field site in Roswell, GA, called Roswell Voices; that project was the first American member of the European Union's Living Laboratories network, which promotes public/private partnerships involving technology and innovation. He was President of the American Dialect Society from 2007-2009. He edited the Journal of English Linguistics for fifteen years, and now serves on a number of editorial boards. He is coeditor of the Oxford Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English (2001), and has provided American pronunciations for the online Oxford English Dictionary and for various dictionaries in the Oxford US Dictionaries program; his new pronunciation dictionary, again with Clive Upton, is theĀ Routledge Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English (2016). He has published numerous articles on medieval literature, American English, language variation, and digital humanities. His Handbook of the Linguistic Atlas of the Middle and South Atlantic States was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1993, and his Introduction to Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Survey Data by Sage in 1996. A collection of essays from his UGA seminar on literary stylistics was published as a special issue of Language and Literature (2001). His The Linguistics of Speech, which demonstrates the relationship between language behavior and complexity science, was published by Cambridge University Press (2009), and a second book on the subject, Language and Complex Systems, was published by Cambridge in 2015. He held an ACLS Digital Innovation fellowship in 2014, with which he developed a computer simulation to model language change. He pursues research and teaching on American English, language variation, and computer methods for description, analysis, and presentation of language data from literary and non-literary sources. His current work on the Atlas focuses on remaking its Web site to accommodate thousands of hours of audio and thousands of scanned field documents as well as text materials. He has directed the UGA Linguistics Program (1996-99), and developed and served as the director of the UGA Computer/Information Literacy Program from 1999-2001. Currently he is a fellow in the Artificial Intelligence Program and directs the Complex Systems in the Humanities site at the UGA digital humanities laboratory, DigiLab. His teaching includes English Language Studies (ENGL/LING 4005/6005 History of the English Language, ENGL/LING 4010/6010 American English), complex systems (ENGL/LING 4080/6080 Language Variation and the Linguistics of Speech), and digital humanities (ENGL 4826/6826 Style: Language, Genre, Cognition, ENGL/LING 4885/6885 Introduction to Humanities Computing, ENGL/LING 4886/6886 Text and Corpus Analysis).

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