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Jon Forrest

Assistant Professor

Contact Info

G14 Brooks Hall
Office Hours:
T/Th 12:30-1:30

My research focuses on language variation and change in Southern US Englishes, using sociological theory to explain loss of older features and the adoption and diffusion of new sound changes.  I am especially interested in the ways that sociological analyses of meso-level social groups like organizations or neighborhoods can help integrate social-structural factors into the study of language variation.  My most recent project examined stylistic variation in native Southerners working at a technology firm in the South, contrasting self-recordings made by participants while on the job with their recordings of friend and family interactions.  


PhD, Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2018

MA, English (Sociolinguistics), North Carolina State University, 2013

BA, English (World Literature), North Carolina State University, 2011

Specific Research Areas:

Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Southern US Englishes, African American Language, Phonetics, Phonology

Curriculum Vitae:
Forrest_CV_0.pdf (129.17 KB)

Events featuring Jon Forrest

Athens-Clarke County Library, Jon and Virginia Appleton Auditorium - 2020 Baxter St. Athens, GA

There will be a screening of the documentary "Talking Black in America" at the Athens-Clarke County Library in the Jon and Virginia Appleton Auditorium. The documentary talks about the formation and history of African American Language in the United States, as well as the functions it serves in the community. Linguistics Assistant Professor…

Articles Featuring Jon Forrest

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:01am

University of Georgia Linguistics Faculty and Graduate Students presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America, in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2-5,…

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 16:32pm

Congratulations to Department of Linguistics Assistant Professor, Dr. Jon Forrest for receiving an Innovation in Multicultural Curriculum Award from Franklin College of Arts & Sciences to support the development of his new course, 

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 10:11am

We are very happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Jon Forrest as Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics. Dr. Forrest received his B.A. in English with a World Literature & Japanese minor, M.A. in English with a sociolinguistics…

My Graduate Students

Graduate Committees:

Keiko Bridwell

Ph.D. Student

Kim Waters

Ph.D. Candidate

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