Curt Woolhiser

Curt Woolhiser

Lecturer in Russian, Boston College

Center Associate
East Slavic linguistics
sociolinguistic approaches to the study of language variation and change
structural and socio-pragmatic aspects of bilingualism
language policy and language conflict in post-Soviet Eastern Europe and Eurasia
language attitudes and language ideology
language and identity
language and political borders
Current Project
“New Speakers” of Ukrainian and Belarusian: Social Identities, Language Practices and Sociolinguistic Authentication


, Slavic Linguistics
, Indiana University
Selected Publications

“Linguistic Variation, Identity and Mental Maps: Exploring the Perceptual Dialectology of Poland’s Podlasie Region.” In D. Stern, M. Nomachi, B. Beli_ (eds.), Linguistic Regionalism in Eastern Europe and Beyond: Minority, Regional and Microliterary Languages. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, in press.

“The Russian Language in Belarus: Language Use, Speaker Identities and Metalinguistic Discourse.” In L. Ryazanova (ed.), The Russian language outside the nation: Speakers and identities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.

“Social and Structural Factors in the Emergence of Mixed Belarusian-Russian Varieties in Rural Western Belarus”, In G. Hentschel, O. Taranenko, S. Zaprudski (eds.), Trasjanka und Sur_yk – gemischte weißrussich-russische und ukrainisch-russische Rede. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2014.

“New Speakers of Belarusian: Metalinguistic Discourse, Social Identity and Language Use,” in David M. Bethea and Christina Y. Bethin (eds.), American Contributions to the 15th International Congress of Slavists, Minsk, August 2013. Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 2013.

“Border Effects in European Dialect Continua: Dialect Maintenance and Change.” In Berndt Kortmann and Johan van der Auwera (eds.) Field of Linguistics: Europe. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2011.