Alice F.
Freed

Alice F. Freed (Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Montclair State University) received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at the Fromm Institute since 2016. Her fields of expertise are Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, and the Structure of American English. Her research focuses on language and gender, question use in English, institutional discourse (“talk at work”), and the language of food. At Montclair State she taught both Linguistics and Women’s Studies. She has also taught courses as a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico, at New York University, and as part of Montclair’s Global Education Program at Beijing Jiaotong University (2010, 2011), at Shanghai University (2013), and at Graz University of Technology (2014). Her books include The Semantics of English Aspectual Complementation (Reidel 1979), Rethinking Language and Gender Research: Theory and Practice (Longman 1996) and “Why Do You Ask?”: The Function of Questions in Institutional Discourse (Oxford University Press, 2010) co-edited with Susan Ehrlich. She has published numerous chapters in linguistics collections and articles in peer-reviewed journals.