Walt Wolfram

Dr. Walt Wolfram

On October 23, 2008 at 7 p.m. in the Stewart Theatre on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, pioneering sociolinguist Walt Wolfram accepted one of North Carolina’s oldest and most prestigious public humanities honors: the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. The ceremony, hosted by the North Carolina Humanities Council and free and open to the public, featured the premiere of The Carolina Brogue, a documentary film about the “hoi toide” dialects of the Outer Banks and coastal towns of North Carolina. The film was produced by the North Carolina Language and Life Project (NCLLP), which Wolfram directs.

Wolfram is the William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor of English Linguistics at North Carolina State University, where he is the executive producer of the NCLLP. He holds teaching appointments at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill and Duke University. Wolfram is former president of the Linguistic Society of America and the American Dialect Society. He is the recipient of the NCSU
Alumni Association’s Distinguished Research Award, the Distinguished Graduate Professorship Award, and the Association Extension and Engagement Award, as well as the Holladay Medal for distinguished career service. Wolfram received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics at Hartford Seminary Foundation. Read more.

Walt Wolfram's Caldwell Award Acceptance Speech

At the ceremony Chancellor James L. Oblinger welcomed guests to NSCU, and William C. Friday, former President of the University of North Carolina system, long-time host of WUNC public TV’s North Carolina People, and himself a Caldwell
Laureate, delivered the annual Caldwell Lecture in the Humanities.

William Friday's Caldwell Lecture in the Humanities