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Renee Perelmutter

Humanities - Slavic and Eurasian Languages & Literatures, Jewish Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2127
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Yiddish and Slavic morphosyntax and pragmatics; Jewish folklore

Teaching Interests

  • Jewish languages
  • Yiddish
  • Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Folklore


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, Renee. “The Founding Fathers’ Flamewar: (Im)Politeness and Community in the Russian Blogosphere.” Journal Articles, January 2013.

Selected Grants

Israeli Russian Online: Contesting Religious Identities through an Immigrant Vernacular. Brandeis University. $2500.00. Submitted 1/31/2016 (10/1/2016 - 5/31/2017). Other University. Status: Funded. A proposal to support my Israeli Russian multiglossia/online project.

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