Born in Guyana, South America, Dr. Edwards earned a B.A. in English at the University of Guyana. He continued his education in England, earning an M.A. in Linguistics in English Language Teaching at University of Lancaster, England and his Ph.D. in Language and Linguistics at University of York, England.
At Wayne State University Dr. Edwards teaches several courses in linguistics. His research interests and publications include Guyanese Creole studies, African American Vernacular English, the sociolinguistics of rap lyrics and language and culture. Dr. Edwards was formerly director of the linguistics program, assistant and associate dean of the Graduate School, assistant vice president, Academic Affairs, interim chair of the English department at WSU. As the Humanities Center director, Dr. Edwards manages all aspects of the center's work and chairs the advisory board.
Courses taught by Walter Edwards
Fall Term 2023 (current)
- ENG5730 - English Grammar
- ENG5770 - Sociolinguistics
- LIN5730 - English Grammar
- LIN5770 - Sociolinguistics