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B.A., 1969, Cornell University
M.A., 1972, Texas A & M
Ph.D., 1987, Texas A & M
After ten years at Auburn University, Cynthia Bernstein joined the University of Memphis
to teach linguistics in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. Her research and teaching areas
include the study of dialect variation, methods of gathering and interpreting linguistic
data, and the use of linguistic tools to analyze literary and popular genres. Although
born and raised in New York, she is particularly interested in language varieties
of the Southern United States.
- Bernstein, Cynthia. "Labov and Waletzky in Context." Journal of Narrative and Life History 7 (1997): 45–52.
- Bernstein, Cynthia, Thomas Nunnally, and Robin Sabino, eds. Language Variety in the South Revisited. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1997.
- Bernstein, Cynthia. "Misunderstanding the American South." American Speech (2000): 339-42.
- Bernstein, Cynthia, and Robert Bernstein. "Phonological Innovation in East Texas:
Different Samples, Similar Explanations." American Speech 73 (1998): 44–56.
- Bernstein, Cynthia, ed. The Text and Beyond: Essays in Literary Linguistics. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1994.