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Britta Ingebretson


Britta Ingebretson

Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Chinese
Faber Hall (558)


Fall 2021 office hours: T&F: 4:00-5:00, M 10:30-11:30 (zoom only)



B.A., Swarthmore College
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago


Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Semiotics, Language Ideologies, Contemporary China, Gender


Britta Ingebretson teaches courses in linguistics and Mandarin Chinese. Her research focuses on the politics of language and linguistic difference, particularly in contemporary China and among Chinese diasporic populations. Her current work draws on ethnographic research in a non-Mandarin-speaking region of China, where she examines how local language becomes part of local projects of value-making. She analyzes how linguistic variation both creates and reflects other forms of difference, such as gender, class, political orientation, location, and other forms of social worth. Her work has been published in Signs and Society. She is the director of the sociolinguistics lab.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • “You talk like a ____:” Language and Stereotype
  • Intermediate Mandarin Chinese

Selected Publications

2017. “The tuhao and the Bureaucrat: The Qualia of ‘Quality’ in Rural China.” Signs and Society. 5(2). 243-268.