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Heather Littlefield

Heather Littlefield

Assistant Academic Specialist and Head Advisor of Linguistics



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3Qs: What using the name ‘Daesh,’ rather than ‘ISIS’ or ‘ISIL,’ really means

Three fac­ulty members—Jonathan Kaufman, director of the School of Jour­nalism, Shakir Mustafa, teaching pro­fessor of Arabic, and Heather Lit­tle­field, asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor in linguistics—explain the dif­fer­ences among the names ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh and why they matter.


3Qs: The evolution of profanity

Instead of saying “Pardon my French” when we curse, we should be saying, “Pardon my Old Eng­lish,” says Heather Lit­tle­field, head advisor of the lin­guis­tics pro­gram at Northeastern.


3Qs: Not your mother’s neologisms

Lolz,” “pho­to­bombing” and “mwa­ha­haha” have recently been added to Oxford Dic­tio­naries Online, prompting a dis­cus­sion of our modern taste for dig­ital jargon.

Heather Littlefield

Selected Publications

For a complete list of faculty citations, please visit iRis, Northeastern’s digital archive.


Trends in African Linguistics 6: Kinyira Njira!–Step Firmly on the Pathway

(with Githiora, C, and V. Manfredi) Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press.

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