Lida Cope

Department Chair
Bate 2207


Lida Cope teaches courses in English grammar, applied linguistics, and sociolinguistics. She has published on child first language attrition and on the issues of language, culture and identity in historically Czech Moravian communities in Texas. An external research associate at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Cope directs the Texas Czech Legacy Project aimed at developing an open-access digital archive for the unique Texas Czech dialect. She helps coordinate the Linguistics program and serves as the Interim Chair in the Department of English.


  • M.A. Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • M.A. University of Arizona at Tucson
  • Ph.D. University of Arizona at Tucson

Research Interests

  • Texas Czech
  • Immigrant/Heritage Community Languages
  • Language and Ethnic Identity
  • Language contact
  • First Language Attrition

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 6530: Descriptive Linguistics
  • LING 4740 & ENGL 6531: TESOL Methods
  • LING 4730 & ENGL 6525: Language and Society
  • LING 4710 & ENGL 6528: TESOL: Theories and Principles
  • LING 3760: Linguistic Theory for Speech and Hearing Clinicians
  • LING 3750: Introductory Linguistics
  • LING 3740 & ENGL 6527: The Structure of English: Syntax and Semantics
  • LING 3730 & ENGL 6526: The Structure of English: Phonology and Morphology
  • LING 2710: English Grammar
  • LING 2700: Introduction to Language Study
  • LING 2050: English for Global Communication
  • ENGL 1100: Foundations of College Writing

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Cope, L., & Dittmann. R. (2020). Language loss: Czech in the diaspora. In M. Greenberg & L. Grenoble (Eds.), BRILL Encyclopedia of Slavic languages and linguistics. Netherlands: BRILL.
  • Cope, L., & Eckert, E. (Guest Eds.) (2016). Special issue of the International Journal of Sociology of Language, 2016(238): Multilingualism and minorities in the Czech sociolinguistic space.
  • Cope, L. (2016). Texas Czech Legacy Project: Documenting the past and present for the future. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 238, 105-125.
  • Cope, L. (Ed.) (2012). Applied linguists needed: Cross-disciplinary teamwork in endangered language contexts. Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
  • Cope, L., & Penfield, S. D. (Guest Eds.) (2011). Special issue of Language and Education, 25(4): “Applied linguist needed”: Cross-disciplinary networking for revitalization and education in endangered language contexts.
  • Cope, L. (2011). From ethnocultural pride to promoting the Texas Czech vernacular: Current maintenance efforts and unexplored possibilities. Language and Education 25(4), 361-383.
  • Cope, L. (2006). Discontinued intergenerational transmission of Czech in Texas: “Hindsight is better than foresight.” Southern Journal of Linguistics, 30(2), 1-49.
  • Dutkova-Cope, L. (2003). Texas Czech ethnic identity: “So how Czech are you, really?” Slavic and East European Journal, 47(4), 648-76.
  • Dutkova-Cope, L. (2001).The language of Czech Moravians in Texas: “Do you know what Párknu káru u hauza means?” Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 20(2), 51-84.
  • Dutkova-Cope, L. (2001). Texas Czech: The language of Texans who say they speak “a different type of Czech”. Southwest Journal of Linguistics, 20(1), 29-69.
  • Dutkova-Cope, L. (2000). Texas Czech folk music and ethnic identity. Pragmatics, 10(1), 7-37.
  • Cope, L. (2008). Written codeswitching and ethnolinguistic identities of a Czech Texan. In C. Cravens, M. Fidler, & S. S. Kresin (Eds.), Between texts, languages, and cultures: A Festschrift for Michael Henry Heim (pp. 1-14). Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers.