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Prof. Anne L. Curzan

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Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of En...

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University of Michigan
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor , Michigan 48109
United States

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  • Ph.D. , English Language and Literature
    University of Michigan
  • B.A. , Linguistics
    Yale University
  • M.A.
    University of Michigan
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The Grosse Pointe Public ..., 21 Jan 2016 [cached]
The Grosse Pointe Public Library's Woods Branch, 20680 Mack, welcomes linguist Anne Curzan at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.
Curzan, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan, associate dean for humanities, author of books on language and member of the American Dictionary Usage Panel, also is co-host of the Michigan Public Radio segment "That's What They Say."
In an interview with Decoded Science, ..., 16 Jan 2016 [cached]
In an interview with Decoded Science, Anne Curzan, Professor of English at the University of Michigan, explains, "Slang is a way to reinforce community - to establish who is in a group and to differentiate one group from another.
Laurels to Linguists: Brook Lillehaugen, ... [cached]
Laurels to Linguists: Brook Lillehaugen, Anne Curzan
In addition, Anne Curzan, professor of English at the University of Michigan, has recently been named the Associate Dean for Humanities at UM; she will begin her role as Associate Dean on September 1. Prof. Curzan is a member of the LSA Public Relations Committee and is a frequent contributor on linguistic issues to Michigan-area media and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her TED talk on "What makes a word 'real'? has been viewed over 1 million times online.
Photos of Prof. Lillehaugen and Prof. Curzan
Brook Danielle Lillehaugen (left) and Anne Curzan (right)
Congratulations, Prof. Lillehaugen and Prof. Curzan!
Anne Curzan That's What ..., 4 June 2015 [cached]
Anne Curzan That's What They Say
Anne Curzan is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan. She also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Linguistics and the School of Education.
Professor Anne Curzan ..., 4 Aug 2015 [cached]
Professor Anne Curzan Ph.D. University of Michigan
Professor Anne Curzan Ph.D. University of Michigan
Award-winning Professor Anne Curzan of the University of Michigan approaches the subject like an archaeologist, digging below the surface to uncover the story of words, from the humble "she" to such SAT words as "conflagration" and "pedimanous."
Professor Curzan celebrates English for all its nuances and curiosities. By stepping back to excavate the language as a linguist, she shows you there is no such thing as a boring word.
As Professor Curzan takes you through the centuries and around the world to reveal how our language came to be, she unpacks the myth that there was once a "pure English" that we can look back to with nostalgia. Even during the Renaissance, English purists were concerned about the infiltration of foreign words into English.
Professor Curzan sympathizes with the impulse to conserve the old language, even citing the verb "interface" as one of the words she wishes would just go away. Yet despite this sympathy, she also recognizes the naturalness of change.
At the heart of this course is the wonderful Professor Curzan. With energy, enthusiasm, and a democratic approach to language, she takes you on a journey from Beowulf and the Battle of Hastings to modern-day blogs and chat rooms. She brings you teenage slang and Internet-speak, and she delves deeply into the history of English and the field of linguistics.
As an award-winning professor, a member of the American Dialect Society, and a member of the American Heritage Dictionary's usage panel, Professor Curzan knows her material, and she presents a wealth of information in this comprehensive course.
Anne Curzan
Anne Curzan, Ph.D.
Dr. Anne Curzan is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English at the University of Michigan. She earned a B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Professor Curzan has won several awards for teaching, including the University of Michigan's Henry Russel Award, the Faculty Recognition Award, and the John Dewey Award. Her research interests include the history of English, language and gender, corpus linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and lexicography. In addition to writing numerous articles, reviews, and edited volumes, Professor Curzan is the author of Gender Shifts in the History of English and the coauthor of How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction and First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching. Beyond her teaching and research interests, she is a member of the American Dialect Society and sits on the usage panel for the American Heritage Dictionary. She can also be found talking about language in her column, Talking About Words, in Michigan Today and on the segment, That's What They Say, on Michigan Radio. View More information About This Professor
Professor Curzan made it so. April 5, 2015
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