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I specialize in lexical variation, its documentation and description. I am especially interested in slang, and for the past twenty years I have been collecting, documenting, and analyzing this highly informal lexicon and its sociocultural context. I have done research at such academic centers as UCB, UCLA, UNM, SFU, UTK, Stanford, Yale, Columbia, and I am currently Professor of Linguistics at the UKW University in Bydgoszcz, Poland. My contribution to linguistic studies lies mainly in explaining the patterns of form, meaning, theme, and use of slang, and establishing to what extent they are changeable, invariable, specific or universal. Most of my work is based on sizable databases of contextual examples from various sources such as TV, film, press, literature, music, conversation, and the Internet. Check out my other webpage maciejwidawski.com for more information.
Research: 25 years of experience in academic research; proven track record of externally-funded innovative fieldwork projects resulting in numerous book publications
Teaching: 22 years of experience in academic teaching; supervision and review of B.A.s, M.A.s, Ph.D.s, D.Litt.s; teaching and advising; development of innovative courses
Organization: 12 years of experience in academic organization; performing administrative functions such as Department Chair and Laboratory Director
African American Slang: A Linguistic Description. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015
A Dictionary of English Loanwords in Colloquial Polish. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2015
A Dictionary of Spanish Loanwords in American Slang. Gdansk: UG Press, 2015
Yinglish. Gdansk: UG Press, 2012
The Dictionary of City Names in American Slang. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2011
Slang UG. Gdansk: UG Press, 2010
Anatomy of American Slang. Warszawa: Galeria Ksiazki, 2003
The Polish-English Dictionary of Slang and Colloquialism. New York: Hippocrene, 1998
A Handbook of American English Pronunciation. Gdansk: UG Press, 1995
Fucktionary. Gdansk: Comprendo, 1994