Portrait of Professor Clare Dannenberg

Clare Dannenberg

Associate Professor & Graduate Program Administrator
Department of English and Anthropology
ADM 101L

(907) 786-4386


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Clare J. Dannenberg's research examines language use at both the descriptive and theoretic levels of analysis in order to better understand the role of language in the construction,maintenance, and negotiation of symbolic identity across social and geographical space. Since earning her Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1999 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she has authored two books, Sociolinguistic Constructs of Ethnic Identity: The Syntactic Delineation of a Native American English Variety (2003) and Fine In the World: Lumbee Language in Time and Place (with Walt Wolfram, Stanley Knick and Linda Oxendine) (2002), as well as several book chapters and referred articles.Dr. Dannenberg is currently engaged in research of urban language boundaries in Anchorage.   Often, urban language studies vis-à-vis local identity are overlooked in favor of endangered or moribund language and dialects, and this trend is especially widespread in Alaska where indigenous languages are quite fragile in the context of encroaching language varieties. Anchorage is a young urban space where language boundaries are being continually negotiated and then renegotiated. Moving towards a better understanding of how local identity is constructed, maintained, and symbolically displayed through language use and variation in the urban has broad impact on language maintenance and revitalization programs within both urban and rural spaces.Dr. Dannenberg has a joint appointment in English and Anthropology and enjoys teaching a variety of courses, including introductory linguistics, grammar, language and culture,introduction to linguistic anthropology and discourse analysis.

Teaching Responsibilities



Sociolinguistic Constructs of Ethnic Identity: The Syntactic Delineation of a Native American English Variety. 2003. Publications of the American Dialect Society, Number 87. Durham: Duke University Press. 106 pp.

Wolfram, Walt, Clare Dannenberg, Stanley Knick, and Linda Oxendine. 2002. Fine In the World: Lumbee Language in Time and Place. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University Humanities Extension/Publications. 93 pp.  Review: Hackert, S. 2003. English World-Wide, 24: 295-99.

Regional Identity: A Real Time, Longitudinal Study of Appalachian English in Mercer and Monroe Counties, West Virginia. 2010. Southern Journal of Linguistics, 34, 1: 1-20.

Sounds of Survival: Language Loss, Retention, and Restructuring Among American Indian Peoples in the Southeast. 2005. Southern Anthropologist, 30: 37-57.  

Walt Wolfram and Clare J. Dannenberg. 1999. Dialect Identity in a Tri-ethnic Context: The Case of Lumbee American Indian English.  English World-Wide, 20: 79-116.  

Grammatical and Phonological Manifestations of Null Copula in a Tri-Ethnic Contact Situation. 1999.  Journal of English Linguistics, 27: 356-70.  

Clare J. Dannenberg and Walt Wolfram. 1998. Ethnic Identity and Grammatical Restructuring: Be(s) and Lumbee English. American Speech, 73: 139-59.