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Berk-Seligson, Susan

  1. Yvonne A. Fowler

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0085

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Fowler, Y. A. 2012. Berk-Seligson, Susan. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Susan Berk-Seligson (b. 1947) graduated with a first degree in Spanish and was subsequently a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica before obtaining her MA in Linguistics in 1971. The subject of her doctoral thesis was Phonological Variation in a Synchronic/Diachronic Sociolinguistic Context: The Case of Costa Rican Spanish and she duly obtained her PhD from the University of Arizona in 1978. She taught in the Modern Languages Department of Purdue University from 1983 to 1985 but spent the bulk of her career (from 1985 to 2004) at the University of Pittsburgh. Here she taught in the Hispanic Languages and Literatures Department but also held a secondary appointment in the Department of Linguistics where she was Director of the MA program in Hispanic Linguistics. At the time of writing she was at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and has held a post as Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies as well as Director of Graduate Studies of that Center.


  • discourse analysis;
  • language and gender;
  • pragmatics;
  • contact;
  • forensic linguistics;
  • interpretation