CAL is pleased to honor Dr. Walt Wolfram as the recipient of the 2008 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council.
2008-2009 Board of Trustees
Member, CAL Board of Trustees 2003-2009
William C. Friday Professor
Dr. Walt Wolfram was named the first William C. Friday Distinguished Professor in the English Department at North Carolina State University in 1992, where he has focused his research efforts on the richly varied dialects of North Carolina under the aegis of the North Carolina Language and Life Project. Under his direction, the program in language variation studies at North Carolina State University has become one the top research programs on language variation in the United States. He has directed research studies of Outer Banks English, Appalachian English, Lumbee English, African American English in North Carolina, and is currently directing a project on the emerging Hispanic English of the mid-Atlantic States.
Dr. Wolfram was the Director of Research at the Center for Applied Linguistics from 1980 to 1992 and spent two decades developing programs for and teaching students at the University of the District of Columbia. A prominent concern of Dr. Professor Wolfram involves the application of basic research findings to social and educational problems, including the effective dissemination of information on language variation to current practitioners and to the American public. This interest has included work on several TV documentaries about dialects, language exhibits, and curricular materials on language awareness for the middle schools.