Carol Myers-Scotton

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Carol Myers-Scotton
Born1934 (age 84–85)
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisSome Semantic and Syntactic Aspects of Swahili Extended Verb Forms (1967)
Academic work

Carol Myers-Scotton (born 1934) is an American linguist. She was a Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Linguistics Program and Department of English at the University of South Carolina until 2003.[1]


She received her A.B. from Grinnell College in 1955, and her M.A. in English in 1961 and Ph.D. in linguistics in 1967, both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[2][3]


She resided in Columbia, South Carolina until 2003, where she was Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina in the Linguistics Program and Department of English. She currently resides in Michigan, where she is an adjunct professor in the Department of Linguistics and Languages at Michigan State University, and also a visiting scholar at the MSU African Studies Center.[2]

Publications and research[edit]

Myers-Scotton has authored or coauthored over 100 articles and book chapters in linguistics, primarily in the areas of contact linguistics, sociopragmatics, bilingualism and African linguistics.[4] Much of her attention has been spent explaining the social and cognitive aspects of code-switching and bilingualism. In addition to her numerous articles, she has also published six books, including Contact Linguistics (2002) and Multiple Voices (2006).[1]


Myers-Scotton has received many grants and honors, including a 1983 Fulbright grant to study language use patterns in Kenya and Zimbabwe, a 1994–1997 National Science Foundation grant to study grammatical constraints on code switching (with Co-PI Jan Jake), and a 2004–2005 National Science Foundation grant to test a hypothesis about the grammatical aspects of the abruptness of language shift.[5] Specifically, the study dealt with Xhosa-English bilinguals in Gauteng Province in South Africa around Pretoria and Johannesburg.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Carol Myers-Scotton: Department of English Language and Literature". Emeritus Faculty: Department of English, University of South Carolina. University of South Carolina. n.d. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  2. ^ a b "Linguistics Faculty: Carol Myers-Scotton". MSU - Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages. Michigan State University. n.d. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  3. ^ "Carol Myers-Scotton". Michigan State University. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Google Scholar citations Carol Myers-Scotton". Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  5. ^ "NSF Award Search: Award#0424829 - Steps in Grammatical Turnover-Shift". Retrieved 2017-09-24.

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