Berkeley English Faculty

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Janet Sorensen

Professor

432 Wheeler
Tues. 9:30-11 and by appointment. On leave fall 2022.
jsorensen@berkeley.edu

Specialties


Books
Strange Vernaculars:  How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English
Strange Vernaculars: How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English

How vocabularies once associated with outsiders became objects of fascination in eighteenth-century Britain While eighteenth-century efforts to standardize the English language have long been studied—from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary to grammar and....(read more)

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The Grammar of Empire

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English Department Classes