Janet M. Fuller | Anthropology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Janet M. Fuller


Janet Fuller

Phone: 618.453.5057
email: jmfuller@siu.edu

My current research addresses language ideologies and social identities in the U.S. and Germany. In particular, I am interested in how discourses surrounding immigration, integration, “race” and ethnicity are intertwined with ideologies about language and nation, and how these ideologies influence how language is used by speakers to position themselves with regard to culturally constructed categories. Of particular interest within this broad theme is how such matters are relevant in educational contexts.

Research Interests

Sociolinguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language, Gender and Sexuality; Multilingualism


  • Anth 240B Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
  • Anth/Ling 415 Sociolinguistics
  • Anth/Ling 416 Spanish in the USA
  • Anth/Ling 544 Discourse Analysis


2013. Spanish Speakers in the USA. Multilingual Matters.


2013. (With Janelle Briggs and Laurel Dillon-Sumner.)  Men Eat for Muscle, Women Eat for Weight Loss: Discourses about Food and Gender in Men’s and Women’s Health Magazines Culinary Linguistics, ed. by Cornelia Gerhardt, Susanne Ley, and Maximiliane Frobenius. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 261-280.

2013. Made In Berlin: Bilingualism and Identity among Immigrant and German-Background Children. Multilingual Identities: New Global Perspectives, ed. by Inke Du Bois and Nicole Baumgarten. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 35-50.

2012. Bilingual Pre-Teens: Competing Ideologies and Multiple Identities in the U.S. and Germany. Routledge.


2010. Gendered choices: codeswitching and collaboration in a bilingual classroom. Gender and Language 4:1.

2009. “Sam need gun go war”: Performances of non-Standard English in the construction of identity. Journal of Sociolinguistics 13:5.659-669.2007 Language choice as a means for shaping identity.’ Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 17:1.

2007 With Minta Elsman and Kevan Self. ‘Addressing Peers in a Spanish-English Bilingual Classroom.’ Spanish in contact: Educational, social, and linguistic inquiries, ed. by Kim Potowski and Richard Cameron, 135-151. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

2006 Co-edited with Linda Thornburg). Readings in Contact Linguistics: Studies in Honor of Glenn G. Gilbert. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

2005 The Uses and Meanings of the Female Title "Ms."' American Speech 80(2): 180-206.

2003 Use of the discourse marker like in interviews. Journal of Sociolingiustics 7(3): 365-377.

2003 The influence of speaker role on discourse marker use.  The Journal of Pragmatics 35(1): 23-45.

2001 The Principle of Pragmatic Detachability in Borrowing: English-original discourse markers in Pennsylvania German. Linguistics 39(2): 351-369.

1999 The role of English in Pennsylvania German development: best supporting actress?  American Speech 74(1):38-55.

1996 When cultural maintenance means linguistic convergence: Pennsylvania German evidence for the Matrix Language Turnover hypothesis. Language in Society 25.493-514.