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East Tennessee students, educators, and community members interested in teaching children how to read effectively by adjusting to their learning styles are invited to a talk by renowned sociolinguist Bill Labov on Thursday, February 7.

The 7:00 p.m. event will be in the Toyota Auditorium of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. It is free and open to the public.

A question-and-answer session will follow Labov’s presentation.

Labov, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak about the Penn Reading Initiative, a student-run tutorial program for teaching reading in Philadelphia elementary and middle center-city schools, based on his research in linguistics. The initiative has helped the schools improve students’ reading proficiency.

Labov is widely regarded for creating much of the methodology of sociolinguistics. He has authored several books, including the Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology and Sound Change.

Sponsors of the Labov event include the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; the University Assisted Community School program; the Baker Center; and the Carson Newman College Linguistics Department.

For directions to the Baker Center and parking, visit the center’s website.


Lola Alapo (865-974-3993,