Caroline Myrick

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Student Worker, Enrolled@NCSU


Caroline Myrick is a PhD student in Sociology studying sociolinguistics. She teaches undergraduate courses in English linguistics, sociology, and women & gender studies, works for the Language & Life Project and Linguistics Lab, and is on the leadership committee of the Language Diversity Ambassadors

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Language variation and change
  • Dialect awareness in higher education
  • Contact languages of the Caribbean
  • Gender and identity construction
  • Language ideologies and power

Extension and Community Engagement

2016. "Gender differences in speech: Perception or power dynamic?" WHQR: Coastline, June 23. Available at

2016.“Episode 6: A lee chip!” LingLab [podcast], June 8. Available at

2015. “Episode 3: What’s in a name?” LingLab [podcast], August 28. Available at



Wolfram, Walt, and Caroline Myrick. (In press). “Linguistic Commonality in English of the African Diaspora: Evidence from Lesser-known Varieties of English.” In Language Contact in Africa and the African Diaspora in the Americas, edited by C. Cutler, Z. Vrzic, & P. Angemeyer. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Myrick, Caroline, Nicole Eberle, Joel Schneier, and Jeffrey Reaser. (In press). “Mapping Linguistic Diversity in the Caribbean.” In The Changing World Language Map, edited by S. D. Brunn. New York: Springer.

Wolfram, Walt, Caroline Myrick, Jon Forrest, and Michael J. Fox. (2016). “The Significance of Linguistic Variation in the Speeches of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” American Speech, 91(3):269-300.

Johnson, Theodore R., with chapters by Caroline Myrick. (2016). A Lee Chip: A Dictionary & Study of Saban English. Raleigh/Durham: Language & Life Project at NC State University.

Williams, Jeffrey P., and Caroline Myrick. (2015). "Saban English." In Jeffrey P. Williams & Peter Trudgill (eds.), Further Studies in the Lesser-Known Varieties of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 144-164.

2014. Myrick, Caroline. “Putting Saban English on the map: A descriptive analysis of English language variation on Saba.” English World-Wide, 35(2), 161-192.



Myrick, Caroline. (2017). “The Importance of Island-Specific Dialect Dictionaries in the Caribbean.” Dictionary Society of North America (DSNA) 21. University of the West Indies. Cave Hill, Barbados. Jun 9.

Wolfram, Walt, and Caroline Myrick. (2016). “Linguistic commonality in the English of the African diaspora: Evidence from lesser-known varieties of English.” Society for Pidgin & Creole Linguistics (SPCL) Winter Meeting, Washington, DC, January 9.

Wolfram, Walt, Caroline Myrick, Jon Forest, and Michael J. Fox. (2015). “The sociolinguistic legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.: Analysis and implications for social justice.” New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 44, Toronto, ON, October 23.

Myrick, Caroline. (2015). “Question formation on the island of Saba: An acoustics-based analysis of syntactic and prosodic variation.” Society for Pidgin & Creole Linguistics (SPCL) Winter Meeting, Portland, OR, January 9.

Myrick, Caroline. (2014). "Racial discrimination via linguistic subordination: Support from Marx, Weber, and Du Bois." Association of English Graduate Students Conference (AEGS) 5, Raleigh, NC, March 21.



  • Ph.D. in Sociology from NC State University, in progress
  • M.A. in English (Linguistics) from NC State University, 2013
  • B.A. in Linguistics from UNC Greensboro, 2010
  • B.A. in Communication Studies from UNC Greensboro, 2010