Tracey McHenry, PhD

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  • Linguistics
  • English Grammar
  • English Dialects
  • History of the English language
  • Sociolinguistics
  • New Words in English
  • Gender Neutral Pronouns


Tracey McHenry has been at EWU since fall quarter of 2000 after completing my PhD in English linguistics with a specialization in teaching English as a second language and cultural studies from Purdue University. McHenry’s passion is language in general but the English language in particular. Her interests range from English’s origin to its contemporary manifestations in the U.S. (dialects) and around the world (World Englishes). She has taught English grammar to beginning ESL students to graduate students, and has done workshops for K-12 educators about teaching grammar. McHenry’s current research projects involve World Englishes and English for specific purposes, such as English for tourism. Her favorite topics to discuss are English social dialects, Native American language programs, the sociolinguistic aspects of nonstandard English varieties such as Black English, and the history and future of gender-neutral pronouns.

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