Danielle Dionne

Teaching Fellow
[Spring 2020]
Danielle Dionne
Email: ddionne@bu.edu
Office address: Linguistics Department, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Fall 2018: TR 3:30-4:30, or by appointment

BA, MA, Florida Atlantic University

Danielle received her Bachelor’s degree in English Education in 2015, and her Master’s degree in Linguistics in 2017, from Florida Atlantic University. During her Master’s program, she presented research on the sociopragmatic effects of bilingual students’ e-requests. Danielle's interests include phonetics, phonology, the phonetics-phonology interface, bilingualism, and sociolinguistics. She often spends her free time cooking new recipes, trying new restaurants, and enjoying the outdoors.


Spring 2020 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 110

SAY WHAT ? Accents, Dialects, and Society

S1 Dionne F 9:05-9:55 WED 206
S2 Dionne F 11:15-12:05 CAS 318
S5 Dionne F 2:30-3:20 WED 212
When people from different regions of the US and from various parts of the English-speaking world meet for the first time, they are immediately struck by differences in the way they speak. For speakers of so-called “non-standard” dialects, this can give rise to insecurity and frustration, and dialect prejudice may lead such speakers to suppress aspects of their native variety (an experience familiar to many American college students). But is there any objective reason to consider non-standard dialects as inferior? What are the implications of dialect diversity for education, civil rights, and other aspects of public policy? How are dialects and their speakers represented in literature, film, humor, music, and other aspects of popular culture? How exactly does English vary across different places and social groups? Where do these accents and dialects come from in the first place? This course, which assumes no previous background in linguistics, investigates these questions from both a linguistic and a more broadly humanistic perspective. [Prereq: None. Students who have already taken CAS LX 250 or any higher-level linguistics course (or are doing so concurrently) are not eligible to take CAS LX 110.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Individual in Community
    • Research and Information Literacy