website maintained by Ronald Kephart

Ronald Kephart

Welcome to My UNF Home Page!

I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Florida, where I teach linguistics and anthropology.

I have a blog, called The Cranky Linguist: "Observations, thoughts, reminiscences, and occasional rants on anthropology, linguistics, old-time banjo, and anything else that crosses my path..." It's not much yet, but it's growing, sort of like a fungus... and it has now had more than 10,000 hits.


My Dissertation

Here is a link to a pdf of my 1985 University of Florida dissertation, "It Have More Soft Words".

And one of my favorite articles:

"Reading Creole English Does Not Destroy Your Brain Cells"
My 1992 article in Pidgins, Creoles, and Nonstandard Dialects in Education, published by the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia.

Contact Information:

Office: Social Sciences 2211
Phone: (904) 620-1659
Email: rkephart @

I am an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Florida, where I have been since 1989. I came to linguistics and anthropology after teaching Spanish as a Peace Corps Volunteer on Carriacou, Grenada, 1971-74. From this experience I developed a deep and abiding interest, some might say obsession, with the role of "non-standard" languages in education, and this is reflected in my doctoral research. As a four-field trained anthropologist, I teach and write about a range of topics that includes language, human evolution, human biological and cultural diversity, and the uses of anthropology in helping to explain and solve human problems. As a scientific anthropologist, I am dedicated to research that is empirically based and that has the potential to lead to nomothetic explanations of human nature. Needless to say, the views and opinions presented here do not necessarily reflect those of my corporate masters.

Please keep checking back; I will be adding material to this site as time goes on!