Sociolinguistics, Dialects, Language Variation and Change, African-American English, Appalachian English, American English varieties, Language and Gender, Phonetics
Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Becky Childs, assistant professor of linguistics, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 2007. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, a master's degree from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
Childs has published numerous articles and book chapters on language variation and linguistic diversity in African American English in the American South, the relationship of language varieties in the Bahamas, and the structural differences in languages in the southern United States.
At Coastal she teaches introduction to linguistics, sociolinguistics and modern grammar. Prior to joining Coastal, Childs was a member of the faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Her area of expertise is sociolinguistics. Her research centers on varieties of English spoken in the American South including African-American English and Appalachian English.