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Gareth O. Price, Visiting Assistant Professor

Gareth O. Price

Gareth is a sociolinguist and political sociologist who completed a jointly-supervised PhD at the University of Essex in 2009. Since 2010, he has taught in the Linguistics Program at Duke; his teaching includes the core course Introduction to Linguistics, as well as courses in language policy, critical discourse analysis, and language in social media. He is also a faculty member of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute.

His research on neoliberalism and English-spread has been published in Language in Society; an article on language policy and transitional justice was published in Language Policy in 2020; and his book Language, Society, and the State: From Colonization to Globalization in Taiwan was published by de Gruyter Mouton in 2019. He is currently working on a second book on privileged geographies and linguistic capital among "expats" in south-east Asia. 

Gareth has written or been interviewed for various media outlets on language, society, and politics, including the GuardianHuffington Post, Seattle Times, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Office Phone:  (919) 684-6561
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Teaching (Fall 2021):

    Languages 114B, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as ICS 125FS.01, SOCIOL 125FS.01)
    Languages 211, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as CULANTH 201.01)
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Office hours are available by appointment, generally on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 3.30pm - 5.00pm.

Ph.D.University of Essex (United Kingdom)2009
MA SociolinguisticsUniversity of Essex2004

Research Interests: Language policy; sociolinguistics; multilingualism; discourse analysis; political sociology; migration; nationalism; globalization

Current projects: Current Projects

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Areas of Interest


Critical discourse analysis • Discourse analysis • English language--Discourse analysis • Gareth • language • Language policy • linguistics • migration • policy • Political sociology • Price • sociolinguistics • Sociolinguistics

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. G. O. Price, Language, Society and the State: From Colonization to Globalization in Taiwan (To appear 2015), Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter
  2. Price, G, English for all? Neoliberalism, globalization, and language policy in Taiwan, Language in Society, vol. 43 no. 5 (November, 2014), pp. 567-589, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi]  [abs]
  3. G. O. Price, Review of Phillip Seargeant: The Idea of English in Japan, Language Policy 10(3) (2011), pp. 269-271
  4. G. O. Price, Review of Elizabeth Kaske: The Politics of Language in Chinese Education, 1895–1919, Language Policy, vol. 9(3) (2010), pp. 281-283
  5. G.O. Price, Decoding "Benefits Street": How Britain was divided by a TV show, The Guardian (February 22, 2014) [benefits-street-tv-programme-divided-the-nation]
  6. G.O. Price, Pamela Geller: Most unwanted, Huffington Post (June 27, 2013) [html]
  7. G.O. Price, The dark reality of secession fantasy, Huffington Post (November 19, 2012) [html]
  8. G.O. Price, Do they hate us for our freedom of hate speech?, Huffington Post (September 17, 2012) [html]
  9. G.O. Price, You didn't say that, Huffington Post (September 4, 2012) [html]
  10. G.O. Price, Too much for the subway? (Segment on hate speech and Islamophobia), Huffington Post Live (2012) [5059df312b8c2a741a00043f]
  11. G.O. Price, Healthy start for Olympics, News & Observer (August 3, 2012) [html]
  12. G.O. Price, Occupy Wall Street as a fable people can relate to, Seattle Times (October 6, 2011) [html]

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