Maciej Widawski, Professor and Department Chair

  • 18/12/2017


Identifying data

Interests: sociolinguistics (informal, social, ethnic and geographical varieties of English; language contact and lexical borrowing); applied linguistics (language education, TESOL, learner dictionaries); descriptive and documentary linguistics (linguistic fieldwork, lexical databases, lexicography)
Email: maciejwidawski@gmail.com
Office Hours: Mondays 11.00-12.45
Room: 202
Personal Page maciejwidawski.com

Research Interests

core areas: sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, descriptive linguistics, including:
language variation: informal, social, ethnic, geographical varieties of English; slang
applied linguistics: learner dictionaries, language education, TESOL/TEFL/TESL
language description and documentation: linguistic fieldwork, lexical databases, lexicography
research languages: English, Polish, Yiddish, Mandarin Chinese

 

Academic Education

Full Professorship (Professor Ordinarius), 2015
D.Litt. (Habilitation) in English Linguistics, University of Gdańsk, 2004
Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Gdańsk, 1996
D.R.C. Interlex Certificate in Lexicography, University of Exeter, 1994
D.A.W. Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy, Diplomatische Akademie Wien, 1993
M.A. in English and TESOL (teaching specialization), University of Gdańsk, 1992 

 

Academic Appointments

Full Professor, Institute of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, UKW University, 2015-
Full Professor, Department of English Philology, WSB University, 2015-
Associate Professor, Institute of English, University of Social Sciences Warsaw, 2013-2015
Associate Professor, Institute of Neophilology, Pomeranian Academy, 2009-2015
Associate Professor, Institute of English, University of Gdańsk, 2005-2013
Assistant Professor, Institute of English, University of Gdańsk, 1997-2004
Teaching Assistant, Institute of English, University of Gdańsk, 1993-1997

 

Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of California Berkeley, 2013 (twice)
Visiting Professor, Institut for Sprog og Kommunikation, Syddansk Universitet, 2007-2008
Visiting Professor, Department of English, University of Tennessee, 1999-2000 

 

Administrative Functions

Chair, Department of English Linguistics, UKW University, 2017-
Curriculum Committee, Institute of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, UKW University, 2017-
Chair, Dept. of Sociolinguistics and Lexicography, University of Social Sciences, 2013-2015
Director, Sociolinguistic Laboratory, University of Gdańsk, 2011-2013
Chair, Department of Sociolinguistics and Lexicography, University of Gdańsk, 2007-2011
Deputy Director, Institute of English, University of Gdańsk, 2005-2009 

 

Esteem Measures: Honors, Grants, Awards

WSB University President’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, Gdańsk, 2017
UKW University Fieldwork Research Scholarship, Bydgoszcz, 2017
UKW University President’s Outstanding Research Award, Bydgoszcz, 2016
UKW University Fieldwork Research Scholarship, Bydgoszcz, 2016
Leonard Bloomfield Award Nomination, Washington D.C., 2015
Full Professorship (highest academic title, awarded by the President of Poland), 2015
Santander Universidades External Research Grant, Santander, Spain, 2012
University of Gdańsk Vice-President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Gdańsk, 2012
University of Gdańsk President’s Outstanding Research Award, Gdańsk, 2011
Agency for Universities Internationalization Scholarship, Copenhagen, 2007
University of Gdańsk President’s Postdoctoral Scholarship, Gdańsk, 2002
U.S. Fulbright Foundation Advanced Research Grant, Washington, DC, 1999
Polish Science Foundation Award for Young Scholars, Warsaw, 1997
University of Gdańsk President’s Doctoral Scholarship, Gdańsk, 1995
British Council Academic Training Grant, London, 1994
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Postgraduate Studies Grant, Warsaw, 1992
U.S. Information Agency Educational Scholarship, Washington, DC, 1991

 

Research Projects

Informal English Around the World, 2016-
Informal English in the EFL Context, 2015-
EFL Contrastive American and British Phonetics, 2010-2015
Informal British English in the EFL Context, 2010-2015
Informal American English in the EFL Context, 2010-2015
Informal Canadianisms and their Description, 2012-
Spanish Loanwords in American Slang, 2011-2015
English Loanwords in Informal Polish, 2011-2017
Yiddishisms in North American Slang, 2010-2013
African American Slang, 2009-2015
Yiddish Loanwords in American English, 2009-2012
Lexicon of African American English, 2009-2011
Informal Toponyms in American English, 2009-2011
Slang of Polish Students, 2008-
Americanisms and Briticisms in the EFL Context, 2007-2009
Lexicon of British English in the EFL Context, 2000-2004
Lexicon of American English in the EFL Context, 2000-2004
Slang and its Linguistic Description, 1999-2003
Informal Polish in Translation, 1996-1999
American Phonetics in the EFL Context, 1994-1995
American Slang in Lexicography, 1993-1996
Informal English in Translation, 1992-1998
The F-Word and its Derivatives, 1992-1994
North American Slang and Colloquialism, 1990- 

 

Research Trips and Stays

City University of New York, 2012
Columbia University, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Duke University, 1999
Florida State University, 2015
Harvard University, 2011
Library of Congress, 2010
New York University, 2009, 2012
Simon Fraser University, 2011
Stanford University, 2013, 2014, 2017
Syddansk Universitet, 2007, 2008
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, 2010
University of Arizona, 2013
University of Calgary, 2000, 2011
University of California Berkeley, 1996, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2017
University of California Los Angeles, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
University of Exeter, 1994
University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 2010, 2015
University of Mississippi, 2010
University of New Mexico, 2014
University of North Carolina, 2000
University of Ottawa, 2011
University of Tennessee Knoxville, 1999, 2000
University of Toronto, 2011
University of Washington, 2013
Yale University, 2011
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 2011

 

Book Publications

Widawski, Maciej & Małgorzata Kowalczyk (forthcoming) The Dictionary of English Loanwords in Informal Polish. Bydgoszcz: UKW University Press
Widawski, Maciej & Małgorzata Kowalczyk. 2017. Czarny slang. Słownik slangu afroamerykańskiego. Bydgoszcz: UKW University Press
Widawski, Maciej. 2015. African American Slang: A Linguistic Description. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015
Widawski, Maciej & Małgorzata Kowalczyk. 2015. The Dictionary of Spanish Loanwords in Slang. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press
Widawski, Maciej. 2012. Yinglish: Jidyszyzmy w angielszczyźnie amerykańskiej. Gdańsk: University of Gdansk Press
Widawski, Maciej & Małgorzata Kowalczyk. Black Lexicon. Gdańsk: University of Gdansk Press
Widawski, Maciej & Małgorzata Kowalczyk. The Dictionary of City Names in American Slang. Peter Lang: Frankfurt, 2011
Widawski, Maciej & Małgorzata Kowalczyk. 2010. Slang UG: Słownik slangu studentów UG. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press
Widawski, Maciej. 2009. Kontrastywny słownik amerykanizmów i brytycyzmów. Kraków: Tertium
Widawski, Maciej. 2004. Słownik angielszczyzny amerykańskiej, Warszawa: Galeria Polskiej Książki
Widawski, Maciej. 2004. Słownik angielszczyzny brytyjskiej, Warszawa: Galeria Polskiej Książki
Widawski, Maciej. 2003. The Anatomy of American Slang, Warszawa: Galeria Polskiej Książki
Widawski, Maciej & Zbyszek Ruszczyk. 1998. Online Dictionary of Polish Slang. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk
Widawski, Maciej. 1998. The Polish-English Dictionary of Slang. New York: Hippocrene Books
Widawski, Maciej. 1997. Nowy słownik slangu i potocznej angielszczyzny. Gdańsk: L&L Publishing
Widawski, Maciej & Phillip Goss. 1995. Handbook of American English Pronunciation. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press
Widawski, Maciej. 1994. The Fucktionary. Słownik wyrażeń z fuck. Gdańsk: Comprendo Publishing
Widawski, Maciej. 1992. Słownik slangu i potocznej angielszczyzny. Gdańsk: Slang Books Publishing

 

Book Chapters

Widawski, Maciej. 2015. “Funkcje zapożyczeń w slangu amerykańskim.” [In:] Żanna Sładkiewicz (ed.). Jak mówimy Vol. 2. Gdańsk: UG Press, pp. 122-127
Widawski, Maciej. 2013. “Leksyka amerykańska.” [In:] Małgorzata Kowalczyk (ed.). Americanisms. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press, pp. 11-16
Widawski, Maciej. 2012. “Wstęp do angielszczyzny wojskowej.” [In:] Michał Golbiewski. Angielszczyzna wojskowa. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press, pp. 7-19
Widawski, Maciej. 2010. “Slang jako zjawisko językowe.” [In:] Maciej Widawski & Małgorzata Kowalczyk (eds.). Slang UG. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press, pp. x-xviii
Widawski, Maciej. 2006. “Motives for Using Slang.” [In:] Język a komunikacja Vol. 10. Kraków: Tertium Jagiellonian University Press, pp. 165-180
Widawski, Maciej. 2005. “Investigating the Canadian ‘Eh’.” [In:] Roman Kalisz (ed.). De Lingua et Litteris. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press, pp. 509-512
Widawski, Maciej. 2004. “Zapożyczenia z jidysz w slangu amerykańskim.” [In:] Język a komunikacja. Kraków: Tertium Jagiellonian University Press, pp. 407-423
Widawski, Maciej. 2000. “Ona prowadzi jak szalona.” [In:] Tadeusz Wolański (ed.). Przekładając nieprzekładalne Vol. 1. Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press, pp. 543-549
Widawski, Maciej. 1997. “The Making of Polish-English Dictionary of Slang.” [In:] Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (ed.). Practical Applications of Language Corpora. Łódź: Łódź University Press, pp. 276-280 

 

Select Papers

Widawski, Maciej. 2014. “Lexical Creation in American Slang.” Academic Journal of Modern Philology Vol. 3, pp. 119-125
Widawski, Maciej. 2013. “Can You Speak Yinglish?” Cwiszn. Der Yidisher Kvartalnik Vegn Literatur un Kunst Vol. 4/2013, pp. 1-12
Widawski, Maciej. 2013. “Semantic Change in African American Slang.” Studia Anglica Posnaniensia Vol. 48/1, pp. 1-16
Widawski, Maciej. 2013. “American Slang and its Sociocultural Context (2).” Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny Vol. LX/1, pp. 111-121
Widawski, Maciej. 2012. “American Slang and its Sociocultural Context (1).” Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny Vol. LIX/3. pp. 381-391
Widawski, Maciej. 2012. “Metaforyzacja w slangu chińskim.” Gdańskie Studia Azji Wschodniej Vol. 12/1, pp. 85-94
Widawski, Maciej. 2012. “Celebrating 5 Years of the UG Student Slang Project.” Beyond Philology Vol. 9, pp. 211-211
Widawski, Maciej. 2011. “Compounding in African American Slang.” Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny Vol. LVIII/4, pp. 437-448
Widawski, Maciej. 2010. “Changeability of Slang Vocabulary.” Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny Vol. LVII/1, pp. 3-24
Widawski, Maciej. 2009. “Lexical Abbreviations in American Slang.” Beyond Philology Vol. 6, pp. 125-132
Widawski, Maciej & Michał Garcarz. 2008. “Przełamując bariery przekładu audiowizualnego.” Przekładaniec Vol. 20/1, pp. 40-49
Widawski, Maciej. 2008. “On Universality of Slang Usage.” Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny Vol. LV/3, pp. 280-294
Widawski, Maciej. 2001. “Digging the Lingo of European Teens.” American Speech Vol. 76/1, pp. 104-108
Widawski, Maciej. 1995. “Słownik argotyzmów Stanisława Kani.” Język Polski Vol. LXXV 4-5, pp. 373-375 

 

Lexical Databases

African American English
African American Slang
Americanisms
Briticisms
Canadianisms
Chinese Slang
English Loanwords in Informal Polish
Informal American English
Informal British English
Informal Canadian English
Informal English
Informal Toponyms in North American English
Polish Slang
Slang of Polish Students
Spanish Loanwords in American Slang
UG Student Slang
Yiddish Loanwords in American Slang
Yiddishisms in English

 

Teaching: Courses Taught Regularly

Geographical Varieties of English, M.A. lecture, UG, SAN, UKW, 2005-
Informal Varieties of English, M.A. lecture, UG, SAN, UKW, 2005-
TESOL Contrastive American and British Phonetics, B.A. class, WSB, AP, 2013-
TESOL English Phonology, B.A. workshop, WSB, AP, 2013-
TESOL English Morphology, B.A. workshop, WSB, AP, 2013-
Seminar in Linguistics, M.A. seminar, UG, SAN, UKW, 2004-
Seminar in Linguistics, B.A. seminar, WSB, AP, 2013-
Topics in Applied Linguistics, M.A. lecture, UKW, 2017-
Data Collection and Documentation, B.A./M.A. tutorial, UG, AP, SAN, UKW, 2007- 

 

Degree-Work Supervision

Supervisor of 4 Ph.D. dissertations, 2009-
Temporary supervisor of 1 Ph.D. dissertation, 2007-2008
Supervisor of over 90 M.A. theses, 2005-
Supervisor of over 80 B.A. theses, 2005- 

 

Degree-Work Reviewing

Reviewer of 6 D.Litt. dissertations, 2007-
Reviewer of 4 Ph.D. dissertations, 2006-
Reviewer of over 30 M.A. theses, 2004-
Reviewer of over 60 B.A. theses, 2004- 

 

Conferences and Guest Lectures

UKW University, 2017
Universitaet Potsdam, 2015
European University Viadrina, 2015, 2016
Wroclaw Philological School of Higher Education, 2012
Poznań College of Modern Languages, 2007
Syddansk Universitet, 2007, 2008
University of Warsaw, 2005, 2006
University of Wrocław, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
University of Gdańsk, 1999, 2002
University of Tennessee, 1999, 2000
University of Łódź, 1997
Warsaw Management Development Center, 1997, 1998, 1999
University of Exeter, 1994
Diplomatische Akademie Wien, 1992, 1993 

 

Professional Organizations

Linguistic Society of America, 2014-
American Dialect Society, Durham, NC, 1994-2010
Dictionary Society of North America, 1994-2010
Polskie Towarzystwo Językoznawcze, Kraków, 1999-2002
UG Lexicographer’s Club, Gdańsk, 1994-1999
Stowarzyszenie Miłośników Języka Polskiego, 1993-2000
Fulbright Alumni Association, Washington, DC, 2000-2010

UKW University, Department of English Linguistics
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