Peter Gingiss

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Professor Emeritus

Professor Gingiss

Peter Gingiss specializes in sociolinguistics. He is currently working in the area of address terms. He has published in both linguistics and composition. Dr. Gingiss has long had an interest in computers and education. He directed the English Department's Computer Writing lab for twelve years and currently teaches both on-line and hybrid courses. He has received several grants to develop such courses. The former president of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest, Dr. Gingiss is currently the review editor of its journal, the Southwest Journal of Linguistics.



  • Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • M.A., Northwestern University
  • B.A., Colgate University

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Research Interests

Dr. Gingiss's recent work has focused on historical changes in the social meaning of the use of first names.

Recent Presentations to Scholarly Organizations

  • Gingiss, Peter and Patricia Welch. "First names: relating use and attitude." Linguistic Association of the Southwest. Laredo, TX. September 29, 2006.
  • Gingiss, Peter. "The use of first names in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in English." Linguistic Association of the Southwest. New Orleans, LA. September 11, 2004.

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Graduate Courses

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Computers and Composition
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Phonology
  • General Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Reading
  • Descriptive and Contrastive Linguistics

Undergraduate Courses

  • Socioloinguistics
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Grammar and Usage
  • Freshman English 1300, 1301, 1303, 1304
  • Literature and Society
  • Discourse Analysis
  • African Literature
  • Modern Grammar
  • Discourse Across Cultures

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