“Founding Fatherhood: Literary Dialect, American English, and National Identity.” Plenary talk at the International Conference on Dialect and Literature, University of Sheffield, July 2011.
“Language Attitudes and Pre-Service Teacher Preferences.” American Dialect Society at the Linguistic Society of America, San Francisco, January 2009.
“A History of the History: Philosophies and Texts for Teaching the History of the English Language.” Studies in the History of the English Language 5, University of Georgia, October 2007.
“Language Attitudes and the Northern Cities Shift” (with WMU undergraduate student researchers Brooke Pearson and Kevin Kane). American Dialect Society at the Linguistic Society of America, Albuquerque, January 2006.
“‘Hey, Y’all! I’m Goin’ Home’: Perceptions of a South Atlantic Speaker in Michigan.” American Dialect Society at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, Raleigh, North Carolina, April 2005.
“Performing Southernness: Dialectal Representations and Southern Linguistic Identity.” Language Variety in the South III, University of Alabama, April 2004.
“Articulating Jim: Language and Characterization in Huckleberry Finn.” Mark Twain Circle at the South Atlantic MLA, Atlanta, November 2003.
“From March Madness to Talladega: Closed Captioning in Sports Interviews” (with Susan L. Tamasi, Emory University). American Dialect Society at the South Atlantic MLA, Atlanta, November 2003.
“Judging Authenticity: Zora Neale Hurston and Paul Laurence Dunbar Face the Critics.” NWAV 31: Invitational pre-conference on African American English, Stanford University, October 2002.
“Literary Data as Linguistic Evidence: A Computational Approach.” American Dialect Society at the Linguistic Society of America, San Francisco, January 2002.
“Gullah Online: The Turner Interviews and the Digitization of the Linguistic Atlas.” Gullah: A Linguistic Legacy of Africans in America, Howard University, Washington, DC, November 2000.