Photo of Lisa Green, professor of linguistics at UMass Amherst

Instructional Innovation: Lisa Green

(Magazine of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Patricia Sullivan, Spring 2017)

Lisa Green, professor of linguistics at UMass Amherst, founding director of the campus’s Center for the Study of African American Language, and Innovate Fellow, has been studying how phrases and terms develop over time by watching their use on Twitter.

“Twitter gives us real, live data about the way people actually talk,” she says. “It’s exciting for linguists because we know all languages change, but now we can actually see change in progress and map it geographically.”

Read the full article: “Why is this Linguist #talmbout Twitter?” for more details about the process and a video profile of Professor Green.