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Renee Perelmutter

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies
Primary office:
785-550-4589
Wescoe Hall
Room 2127
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590
Second office:
Bailey Hall
Room 320G



Yiddish and Slavic morphosyntax and pragmatics, general and Jewish folklore, Jewish culture

Education

Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California

M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California

B.A., Linguistics, Hebrew University

Teaching Interests

  • Jewish languages
  • Yiddish
  • Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Folklore

Research

Though my graduate work focused on morphosyntax, I am increasingly involved in pragmatics and sociolinguistics research. I am especially interested in the ways that the considerations of facework, identity, and power interact with grammar. My interests in folklore and cultural history inform my pragmatics and sociolinguistics work. Recently I have written on reported speech and impoliteness, both in contemporary and historical perspectives, and am currently writing a monograph on Russian women’s discourse online. My languages are Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Research Interests

  • Morphosyntax
  • Pragmatics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Languages in contact
  • Slavic
  • Russian
  • Yiddish
  • Hebrew
  • Multilingualisms
  • Gender

Selected Publications

Perelmutter, R. (2013). The Founding Fathers' flamewar: (Im)politeness and community in the Russian blogosphere.


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Kudos to our faculty!

Dr. Renee Perelmutter, Associate Professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies, writes fantasy fiction and poetry under the name Rose Lemberg. Her book Marginalia to Stone Bird is the first book of poetry to be shortlisted for a Crawford Award, and is also up for an Elgin Award. Marginalia has been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and Strange Horizons. Available at Aqueduct Press and Amazon.

Kudos to our students!

March 16, 2017: Mackenzie Haun and Sarah Herman are among three Jewish Studies students who have been elected to join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national academic academy. Phi Beta Kappa “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”

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