Associate Professor

Bridget Anderson

NORFOLK, 23529

Dr. Bridget L. Anderson is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and the Director of Tidewater Voices: An Oral History and Dialect Project. She specializes in acoustic phonetics and language variation. She is also works on criminal investigations involving language through her forensic linguistic casework.

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Michigan, (2003)

M.A. in English, North Carolina State University, (1998)

B.A. in English, Western Carolina University, (1995)

Research Interests

Acoustic Phonetics, Sociolinguistics, American Englishes, Appalachian Englishes, Southern Englishes, Forensic Linguistics


Anderson, B. L., Scerbo, M. W., Ramirez, D. E. and Hubbard, T. W. (2017). Running memory for clinical handoffs: A look at active and passive processing. Human Factors 59 (3) , pp. 393-406.
Anderson, B. L. (2014). Appalachian Migrant Stances. Journal of Southern Linguistics 38 (1) , pp. 136-158.
Anderson, B. L. (2014). Needed Research on the Englishes of Applachia. Southern Journal of Linguistics 38 (1) , pp. 1-30.
Anderson, B. L. (1999). Source-language transfer and vowel accommodation in the patterning of Cherokee English /ai/ and /oi/. American Speech 74 (4) , pp. 339-368.
Anderson, B. L. (1997). Adaptive sociophonetic strategies and dialect accomodation: /ay/ monopthongization in Cherokee English. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 4 (1) , pp. 185-202.


Anderson, B. L. (2008). Migration, accommodation, and language change: At the intersection of regional and ethnic identity. Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Book Chapters

Mallinson, C., Childs, B., Anderson, B. L. and Hutcheson, N. (2005). If these hills could talk Voices of American English Malden, MA: Blackwell.
  • 2008: Outstanding Faculty Award, "Rising Star" designee, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
  • 2006: Ruth Harrell Favorite Professor Award, Delta Sigma Lambda
  • 2002: Mary Malcomson Raphael Fellowship, University of Michigan, Center for the Education of Women