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Chair at Linguistics & TESOL
701 Planetarium Place (mailbox: 19559), Arlington, TX 76019

Laurel Smith Stvan has graduate and undergraduate teaching expertise at US and Chinese universities. Her administrative experience includes two years as curriculum coordinator and nine years as departmental graduate adviser. She currently serves as department chair.

Dr. Stvan’s research strengths are in pragmatics, semantics, and the structure of bare singular count nouns; corpus-based work on lexical semantics, especially the interpretation of polysemy in health discourse, brand name morphology, and discourse markers; digital humanities and digital pedagogies for linguistics, and TESOL. Two current projects unite these themes: a) the compilation of a corpus of vernacular health discussions: CADOH (Corpus of American Discourses on Health) and b) a project analyzing data from students on British and American campuses to explore how second language learners might more easily master the English article system.

Northwestern University
Ph.D.
Linguistics
U of Illinois at Chicago
M.A.
English
U of Illinois at Chicago
BA
English
June 2012
Ongoing
Department Chair
The University of Texas at Arlington
August 2007
Ongoing
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Arlington
May 2012
July 2012
Visiting Scholar
Centre for Advanced Research in English, University of Birmingham, UK
January 2008
May 2011
Associate Chair
Linguistics & TESOL, College of Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Arlington
August 2001
May 2007
Assist Professor
Linguistics & TESOL, College of Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Arlington
August 1999
May 2001
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Linguistics, University of Utah
August 1998
May 1999
Lecturer
Dept. of Communications, Roosevelt University
August 1996
May 1998
ESL Coordinator
Dept. of Linguistics, Northwestern University
August 1992
December 1994
Instructor
English Language Program, Roosevelt University
August 1993
May 1994
Instructor
Department of Foreign Language, University of Science and Technology of China
August 1990
May 1993
Instructor
Dept. of Linguistics, Northwestern University
August 1986
May 1988
Instructor
Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Arlington
March 2014
Ongoing
Membership
Modern Language Association (MLA)
May 2010
Ongoing
Membership
International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)
August 2005
Ongoing
Membership
American Dialect Society (ADS)
August 1990
Ongoing
Membership
Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
October 2009
Recognizing faculty within the College of Liberal Arts whose expertise and teaching abilities have inspired students to create work of exceptional merit.
March 2015

article by James Dunning in the College of Liberal Arts Newsroom March 23, 2015

March 2015

article by James Dunning in the College of Liberal Arts Newsroom, March 23, 2015

February 2015

article by Kasia Galazka and Chris Ritter in BuzzFeed, Feb. 2, 2015

February 2014

article by Colton Bell in The Shorthorn, Feb. 28, 2014

August 2012

interview by James Dunning in the College of Liberal Arts Newsroom, August 24, 2012

August 2011

article by Daniel B. Wood in the Christian Science Monitor. Aug. 25, 2011

April 2011

contributor to a ProfHacker column by Natalie Houston in the Chronicle of Higher Education, April 25, 2011

July 2010

article by John Austin in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Jul 27, 2010

July 2008

article by Jai Malano-Ayers in The Shorthorn, July 16, 2008

April 2001

article by Susan Gregg Gilmore in the Los Angeles Times. April 16, 2001

Studies in Meaning: Ambiguity and Health Discourse—semantics and corpus studies
To examine linguistic indicators of American health beliefs, I am compiling a corpus of contemporary forms of popular media used to convey health information to Americans. (CADOH -- the Corpus of American Discourses on Health.) My initial findings show ways that ambiguous terms are used differently within specialist and vernacular discourse.  This includes competing, often misleading uses of the terms "fat" and "cholesterol" as well as conflicts in the framing of the larger health discourse, including competing and conflated uses of the term "health literacy." These separate senses entail different conclusions about the causes of low health literacy, showing how analysis of terminology can help identify separate intended meanings and also provide information to facilitate more effective exchanges among participants of health discussions.

Studies in Meaning: English Bare Singular Count Nouns—semantics and pragmatics

I investigate the meaning and distribution of English bare singular count nouns. These are unusual forms for ostensible count nouns because they are found with neither an article nor a plural marker, an occurrence not well accounted for under current theories of nominal syntax. I have found that although they appear to be individual words, bare singular count nouns such as "town", "school", "prison", and "campus" have the distribution of full noun phrases. Besides being marked in their grammatical form, their use in English can convey a type of definite or generic NP, yet can sometimes be seen as a type of semantic incorporation. Studies of these forms have applications in cross linguistic studies of noun phrase syntax, intended meanings of types of referring expressions, and the teaching of the article system to students of ESL.
 

Review of Technology in Interlanguage Pragmatics Research and Teaching (2013) by Naoko Taguchi and Julie M. Sykes, in Discourse Studies.
Book Review
Accepted
2014
Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Truth is, sentence-initial shell nouns are showing up bare," In Complex Visibles Out There. Proceedings of the Olomouc Linguistics Colloquium 2014: Language Use and Linguistic Structure. Ludmila Veselovská and Markéta Janebová (eds.). Olomouc: Palacký University, 591-606.
Conference Proceeding
Published
2013
Stvan, Laurel Smith. “Stress Management: Corpus-based Insights into Vernacular Interpretations of Stress,”  Communication & Medicine. 10.1: 81-93.
Journal Article
Published
2011
Stvan, Laurel Smith. Review of Fillers, Pauses and Placeholders, ed. by Nino Amiridze, Boyd H. Davis & Margaret Maclagan, 2010. Studies in Language. 35.4: 945-950.
Book Review
Published
2009
Stvan, Laurel S. 2009. Semantic Incorporation as an Account for Some Bare Singular Count Noun Uses in English. Lingua 119(2). 314-333.
Journal Article
Published
2009
Stvan, Laurel Smith. Review of Corpora for University Language Teachers.TESL-EJ 13, no 2, September, 2009.
Book Review
Published
2009
Stvan, Laurel Smith. Review of Pragmatics: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, by Louise Cummings. International Cognitive Linguistics Association, 2009.
Book Review
Published
2008
Stvan, Laurel S. 2008. Health Literacy: A Single Meaning or Three Senses Conflated?. The Language of Health Care: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Language and Health Care. Alicante, Spain: IULMA.
Conference Proceeding
Published
2008
Stvan, Laurel Smith. Review of Advice Online: Advice-giving in an American Internet Health Column, by Miriam A. Locher.Language in Society. 37.5: 765. 37, no 5, 2008: 765.
Book Review
Published
2007
Stvan, L. S. The Functional Range of Bare Singular Count Nouns in English. In In Nominal Determination: Typology, Context Constraints, and Historical Emergence (Studies in Language Companion Series 89); Elisabeth Stark, Elisabeth Leiss, Werner Abraham, Eds.; John Benjamins: Amsterdam, 2007, pp 171-187.
Book Chapter
Published
2007
Stvan, Laurel Smith. Review of The Language of Websites, by Mark Boardman.Language and Literature 16, no 4, 2007: 405-4.
Book Review
Published
2007
Stvan, Laurel S. 2007. Lexical Conflation and Edible Iconicity: Two Sources of Ambiguity in American Vernacular Health Terminology. Communication and Medicine 4(2). 213-223.
Journal Article
Published
2006
Stvan, L. S. Diachronic Change in The Discourse Markers Why and Say in American English. In In Corpus Linguistics: Applications for the Study of English; Ana María Hornero, María José Luzón, and Silvia Murillo, Eds.; Peter Lang Verlag.: Bern, 2006, pp 61-76.
Book Chapter
Published
2006
Stvan, Laurel S. 2006. The Contingent Meaning of -ex Brand Names in English. In Corpora 1(2). 217-250.
Journal Article
Published
2006
Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Geoff Barnbrook, Pernilla Danielsson, and Michaela Mahlberg." Review of Meaningful Texts: The Extractions of Semantic Information from Monolingual and Multilingual Corpora, by Geoff Barnbrook, Pernilla Danielsson, and Michaela Mahlberg.Discourse Studies 8, no 2, 2006: 330-33.
Book Review
Published
2005
Stvan, Laurel S. 2005. Inferring New Vocabulary Using Online Texts. Computers in the Schools 22(1/2). 85-96.
Journal Article
Published
2004
Stvan, Laurel Smith. Review of Working with Specialized Language: A Practical Guide to Using Corpora, by Lynne Bowker and Jennifer Pearson.Discourse Studies 6, no 2, 2004: 283-4.
Book Review
Published
2003
Vana, S., Boppana, P., Mariappan, V., Stvan, L., & Aslandogan, Y. (2003). Empowering Educators in Visual Learning: Information Extraction and Visualization for Automatic Generation of Multimedia Presentations. In Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1371-1374).
Conference Proceeding
Published
2001
Stvan, Laurel Smith. Review of The Language of Speech and Writing, by Sandra Cornbleet and Ronald Carter.The Linguist List 12, December, 2001.
Book Review
Published
1998
Stvan, Laurel S. 1998. How About It? The Role of Accent and Context in Determining Discourse Function. Tenth Annual Student Conference in Linguistics, 1998 ed. by Feist et al., 243-253. : MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.
Conference Proceeding
Published
1993
Stvan, Laurel S., Mari B. O. Ryberg, Linda D. D. Macfarland, Anne Bertram, & Larin Adams. 1993. FLSM III: Papers from the Third Annual Meeting of the Formal Linguistics Society of Midamerica. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Linguistics Club.
Book
Published
1993
Stvan, Laurel S. 1993. Activity Implicatures and Possessor Implicatures: What Are Locations When There Is No Article?. Papers from the 29th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society ed. by Beals, et al., 419-433. Chicago: CLS.
Conference Proceeding
Published
January 2015
Stvan, Laurel Smith and David J. Silva. “Engaged Etymologies: Active Learning in the Teaching of Word Formation and Etymology”

Paper presented at Teaching with the Oxford English Dictionary Roundtable at the Modern Language Association, Vancouver, January 9, 2015.

Other
June 2014

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Truth is, sentence-initial bare shell nouns are increasing."

Paper presented at the Oloumouc Linguistics Colloquium, <strong>Palacký University, Olomouc</strong>, Czech Republic, June 6, 2014.

Reviewed
June 2014
Stvan, Laurel Smith, "“Fats Make You Fat”: Linguistic Reinforcement of Beliefs about the Causes of Health and Illness."

Paper presented at the Communication, Medicine and Ethics conference (COMET) at the Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland, June 27, 2014.

Other
April 2014

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Corpus linguistics of the vernacular: “catching a cold” in text types that complement Google Books data." Poster presented at the 1st Inaugural Texas Digital Humanities Conference, April 11, 2014.

Other
August 2013

"What Are the Digital Humanities and What Do They Want from Libraries?: A Linguist's Perspective." Panelist at the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative conference, University of North Texas Gateway Center, Friday, August 16, 2013.

Other
July 2013

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Predicates of Causation: The Influence of Polysemy Pairs in Lay Health Discourse." Paper presented at CRAL 2013, 3rd International Conference on Meaning Construction, Meaning Interpretation: Applications and Implication. University of La Rioja. July 19 2013.

Other
June 2013

Laurel Smith Stvan. "Vernacular Explanations of Causation in Lay Health Discourse." Poster presented at the 2013 JPS Research Day, Office of Human Research Protections Community Research Forum, Fort Worth, TX, June 7, 2013.

Other
February 2013

"Digital Tools in Pedagogy: AntConc for Humanities Students." Panelist at the DFW-area Digital Humanities Colloquium. UT Dallas. February 27, 2013.

Uncategorized
July 2012

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Metonymy-driven Polysemy in Health Discourse." Paper presented at the Researching and Applying Metaphor conference (RaAM 9), Lancaster University, UK, July 5, 2012.

Other
June 2012

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Compound Interest: The use of compound words containing "literacy" in a book title corpus." Paper presented at the summer symposium sponsored by the Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE) and the Centre for Corpus Research (CCR), University of Birmingham, UK, June 27, 2012.

Invited
February 2012

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Take it with a Pinch of Salt: Polysemy in Vernacular Discussion of Salt." Paper presented at the 7th Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Conference on Food Representation in Literature, Film and the Other Arts, University of Texas at San Antonio. February 25, 2012.

Other
January 2012

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "The need for enhancing technology use in the graduate curriculum." Moderator/panelist: Tech Tools: Increasing Technology Training in the Curriculum of Graduate Students in Linguistics. Portland, OR. Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting, January 8, 2012.

Uncategorized
July 2011

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Sugar Makes You Sweet: Polysemy and Cultural Beliefs about Causation." Poster presented at the Corpus Linguistics 2011 Discourse and Corpus Linguistics conference, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, July 21, 2011.

Other
July 2011

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Go to Jail, Go Directly to Jail: Exploiting the Marked Aspects of English Bare Singular Noun Forms." Paper presented at the summer symposium sponsored by the Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE) and the Centre for Corpus Research (CCR), Birmingham, UK, July 11, 2011.

Invited
June 2011

Stvan, Laurel Smith. '"You"ll Catch Your Death of Cold": The Influence of Lexical Conflation on Beliefs about Causation." Paper presented at the 2nd triennial ISLE Conference (International Society for the Linguistics of English), Boston University, Boston, MA, June 20, 2011.

Other
November 2010

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Catching Your Death of Cold: The Influence of Lexical Conflation on Beliefs about Causation." Paper presented at the Second Annual Metroplex Linguistics Conference. Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, TX, Nov. 6, 2010.

Invited
July 2010

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Catching Cold: Polysemous Reinforcement of Beliefs about Causation." Paper presented at the 3rd UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK, July 7, 2010. 2010.

Other
June 2010

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 'Stress Management: Corpus-based insights into Vernacular Interpretations of Stress.' Paper presented at the Eighth Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET), Boston University, Boston, MA, June 28, 2010.

Other
October 2009

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Where Are They Bare? The Frequency and Distribution of Bare Nouns in American English." Paper presented at the American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL 2009), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Oct. 10, 2009.

Other
July 2009

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Learning English Bare Singulars: Corpus Approaches for the L2 Classroom." Paper presented at the 5th Corpus Linguistics Conference, University of Liverpool, July 22, 2009.

Other
April 2008

Stvan, Laurel Smith. Panelist: (with Sarah Fauzi and David Silva) "Linguistic Aspects of Cross-Cultural Health Discussions" at the 2nd Annual TAHIT Symposium on Language Access (Texas Association of Healthcare Interpreters and Translators). Fort Worth, Texas, April 26, 2008.

Other
March 2008

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Fat and Health Literacy: Two Revealing Terms in CADOH (Corpus of American Discourses on Health)." Paper presented at the American Association for Corpus Linguistics (AACL 2008), Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. March 15, 2008.

Other
November 2007

Stvan, Laurel Smith. 'Plain and Compounded Literacy: Semantic and Pragmatic Approaches to Meaning Change.' Paper presented (as an in-house faculty speaker) at the Fifteenth Annual UTA Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL. University of Texas at Arlington. November 1, 2007.

Invited
October 2007

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Compounding Literacy: Examining Disciplines In Which Mastery Surpasses Words." Paper presented at The 5th International Conference on the Book, Madrid, Spain. October 20, 2007.

Other
October 2007

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Health Literacy: A Single Meaning or Three Senses Conflated?" Paper presented at the 1st International Conference on Language and Healthcare, Alicante, Spain. October 24, 2007.

Other
October 2006

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Tracking Contextual Clues to Interpreting Coined Brand Morphology." Paper presented at the American Association of Applied Corpus Linguistics conference (AAACL 7), Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. October 21, 2006.

Other
March 2006

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Using EndNote Bibliographic Software for Library Research." Presented at the Dept. of Linguistics and TESOL Brown Bag Discussion Series. UT Arlington. March 29, 2006.

Volunteered
February 2006

2006. Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Two Bare Singular Uses in English with Incorporation Traits." Paper presented at the Nominal Incorporation and its Kind conference (NIK), Univ. of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Feb. 20, 2006.

Other
May 2005

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Productivity in English -ex Nominals Used as Trade Names." Paper presented at the Department of Linguistics Colloquium, UT Austin. May 9, 2005.

Invited
February 2005

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "The Functional Range of Bare Singulars." Paper presented at the Workshop on Nominal Determination at the 27th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Linguistics (DGfS). Cologne, Germany. February 23, 2005.

Other
November 2003

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Diachronic Change in The Discourse Markers Why and Say In American English." Paper presented at the XII Susanne Hübner Seminar (Corpus Linguistics: Theory and Applications for the Study of English). Zaragoza, Spain. November 20, 2003.

Uncategorized
March 2003

Aslandogan, Y. A., S. Vana, P. Boppana, V. Mariappan, and L. Stvan. Paper presented (by Y. Aslandogan), "Empowering Educators in Visual Learning: Information Extraction and Visualization for Automatic Generation of Multimedia Presentations" at the 14th annual international conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). Albuquerque, NM. March 26, 2003.

Uncategorized
March 2003

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Discourse Markers in the Classroom." Panelist at TESOL 2003 (ITA-IS Academic Session on "Engagement as a Critical Component of Effective Teaching.") Baltimore, MD. March 28, 2003.

Other
November 2002

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Reference and Deixis." Presented as guest lecture for CSE 6331 Advanced Topics in Database Systems: Data Mining and Information Extraction. UT Arlington. November 7, 2002.

Invited
November 2002

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Why and Say: Two Discourse Markers in Depicted Conversation." Paper presented at the High Desert Linguistics Society V. Albuquerque, NM. November 1, 2002

Other
April 2002

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "The Behavior of Locative NPs Found in Bare Singular Form." Paper presented at the GIAL Academic Forum. Dallas, TX. April 22, 2002.

Invited
April 2002

Serdiukov, Peter and Laurel Smith Stvan. "Characteristics of ESL Web Sites." Paper presented (by P. Serdiukov) at TESOL 2002 in Salt Lake City, UT. April 13, 2002.

Other
October 2001

Serdiukov, Peter, and Laurel Smith Stvan. "ESL/EFL Websites: What Should Teachers and Students Be Prepared to Find On the Internet?" Paper presented (by P. Serdiukov) at WebNet 2001 World Conference on the WWW and Internet. Orlando, FL. October, 2001.

Other
January 2001

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Three Functions of Bare Singular NPs: Familiarity Implicature, Activity Implicature, and Generic Referring Expressions." Paper presented at the English Linguistics Speaker Series. Salt Lake City, UT. January 19, 2001.

Invited
February 2000

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Categories of Locative NPs Found in Bare Singular Form." Paper presented at Department of English, East Carolina University. Greenville, NC. February, 18, 2000.

Invited
January 2000

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Semantic Classes of Bare Singular NPs." Paper presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Society of America. Chicago, IL. January 7, 2000.

Other
January 1999

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Bare Singular NPs as Generic Expressions." Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Los Angeles, CA. January 8, 1999.

Other
June 1998

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "How About It? The Role of Accent and Context in Determining Discourse Function." Paper presented at the Tenth Annual Student Conference in Linguistics. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.  June 7, 1998.

Other
January 1997

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Leaving Home to Meet at School: Testing for Familiarity NPs." Paper presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Chicago, IL. January 3, 1997.

Other
April 1993

Stvan, Laurel Smith. "Activity Implicatures and Possessor Implicatures: What Are Locations When There Is No Article?" Paper presented at the 29th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society. Chicago, IL, April 22, 1993.

Uncategorized
May 2014 -
September 2014
Research Endowment Award
$900
May 2014 -
June 2014
North American Fund support to be a visiting scholar at the Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE)
$1,400
May 2012 -
July 2012
Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE) Fellowship
$3,837
June 2011 -
July 2011
North American Fund support to be a visiting scholar at the Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE)
$1,445
April 2011 -
April 2011
THATCamp Bootcamp Fellowship
$500
May 2007 -
August 2007
Research Enhancement Program Grant (REP)
$6,932
December 2014
"The Linguistic Mechanism of Knock-knock Jokes"
Undergraduate Honor's Thesis
May 2014
Dissertation: "Swahili Word Order Choices: Insights from Information Structure"
Doctoral
May 2013
Disseration: Politeness Devices in the Tuvan Language. 2013.
Doctoral
May 2013
Dissertation: A Corpus-based Analysis of Discourse Anaphora in English and Korean: A Neo-Gricean Pragmatic Approach. 2013.
Doctoral
May 2012
Dissertation: American Sign Language Verb Categories in Constructed Action. 2012.
Doctoral
December 2010
Dissertation: Talking to Strangers: A Sociolinguistic Experiment in Initial Dyadic Interaction between Spanish-Speakers in 21st Century Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2010.
Doctoral
May 2010
Dissertation: Articulations of Identity within Kuwaiti High School Cliques: Language Choices in Boyat and Emo Filipino Youth Groups. 2010.
Doctoral
December 2009
Dissertation: Azerbaijan-Russian Code-switching and Code-mixing: Form, Function, and Identity. 2009.
Doctoral
August 2009
Dissertation: The Emergence of Pragmatic Softeners by Instructed Learners of Spanish in the Study Abroad and Immersion Contexts. 2009.
Doctoral
May 2009
Dissertation: “The Acquisition of Chinese Nominal Classifiers by L2 Adult Learners”
Doctoral
May 2009
MA TESOL Thesis: Are We Speaking the Same Language?: The Use of the Mother Tongue by Native English Speaking Teachers in English as a Foreign Language Classrooms. 2009.
Master's
December 2007
Dissertation: "Does Your Throat Hurt More in the Morning or Throughout the Day?" "Yes.": Intercultural Medical Discourse. 2007.
Doctoral
May 2005
MA TESOL Thesis: Overseas Language Learning Experience: Student Beliefs about Their Teachers' Qualifications. 2005.
Master's
May 2005
MA TESOL Thesis: The Eritrean English Curriculum: Grades 2-6, Assessing Academic Readiness. 2005.
Master's
August 2004
Dissertation: Interlanguage Lexicology of Arab Students of English: A Computer Learner Corpus-Based Approach. 2004.
Doctoral
May 2004
MA in Linguistics Thesis: Code-Switching in the Speech of Spanish-English Bilinguals. 2004.
Master's
August 2002
MA in Linguistics Thesis: Continuity and Given-New Status of Discourse Referents in Adzera Oral Narrative. 2002.
Master's
Ongoing
Suganthi John
Research on the second language acquisistion of English articles.
September 2014
Rafia Mirza
Conference panels and conference planning on Digital Humanities projects.
Spring 2015
LING 5372 - Readings in Linguistics: Pragmatics and Discourse Markers
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Monday3:30PM4:30PM
Wednesday3:30PM4:30PM
In this class we will be studying some of the ways in which the context and form of an utterance interact to affect our understanding of meaning. Our main topics this term will include deixis, implicature, presupposition, and speech acts, with discourse markers being the mechanism that we’ll repeatedly visit as test cases throughout the term.
Last Updated on January 20, 2015, 11:40 pm
Fall 2014
LING 5381 - Corpus Linguistics
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday3:30PM4:30PM
Wednesday3:30PM4:30PM
This course will explore some of the ways that computer science and linguistics can inform each other.  We will be concerned in particular with the means by which computers can be used to both obtain the data we examine (a corpus of texts) and to provide the tools we use for analysis (concordance tools).  A range of linguistic issues and problems that can benefit from computational approaches will be surveyed.  These issues will be illustrated through readings and practical experience with several different software programs as well as sources of online corpora.  No programming experience is required.
Last Updated on August 21, 2014, 11:11 am
Fall 2014
LING 4330 - Corpus Linguistics
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday3:30PM4:30PM
Wednesday3:30PM4:30PM
This course will explore some of the ways that computer science and linguistics can inform each other.  We will be concerned in particular with the means by which computers can be used to both obtain the data we examine (a corpus of texts) and to provide the tools we use for analysis (concordance tools).  A range of linguistic issues and problems that can benefit from computational approaches will be surveyed.  These issues will be illustrated through readings and practical experience with several different software programs as well as sources of online corpora.  No programming experience is required.
Last Updated on August 21, 2014, 11:13 am
Spring 2014
LING 6300 - Professional Writing for Linguistics
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Tuesday1:00PM3:00PM
In this writing workshop for doctoral students, emphasis will be placed on understanding the processes whereby linguists create persuasive and professional writing. Students will be required to engage in three types of activities: (1) reading about the ways in which one creates professional documents, (2) analyzing samples of professional documents, and (3) producing their own professional documents, both new material and revisions of older work. The final portfolio of written materials will include a curriculum vitae, a job application letter, a conference abstract, a professional book review, the revision of a research paper, and a proposal for a dissertation or grant.
Last Updated on January 13, 2014, 1:38 pm
Fall 2013
LING 5347 - Pragmatics
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday4:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday4:00PM5:00PM
We will be studying some of the ways in which the context and form of an utterance interact to affect our understanding of meaning. Our main topics this term will include reference, deixis, implicature, presupposition, speech acts, and the highlighting of information structure through word order and intonation.
Last Updated on August 22, 2013, 12:11 am
Fall 2013
LING 4347 - Pragmatics
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday4:00PM4:00PM
Wednesday4:00PM5:00PM
We will be studying some of the ways in which the context and form of an utterance interact to affect our understanding of meaning. Our main topics this term will include reference, deixis, implicature, presupposition, speech acts, and the highlighting of information structure through word order and intonation.
Last Updated on August 22, 2013, 12:16 am
Spring 2013
LING 4330 - Corpus Linguistics
This course will explore some of the ways in which computer science and linguistics can inform each other. We will be concerned in particular with the ways in which computers can be used to both obtain the data that we examine and to provide the tools we use for analysis. A range of linguistic issues and problems that can benefit from computational approaches will be surveyed. These issues will be illustrated through readings and practical experience with several different concordance programs as well as sources of online corpora. No programming experience is required.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
Spring 2013
LING 5381 - Corpus Linguistics
This course will explore some of the ways in which computer science and linguistics can inform each other. We will be concerned in particular with the ways in which computers can be used to both obtain the data that we examine and to provide the tools we use for analysis. A range of linguistic issues and problems that can benefit from computational approaches will be surveyed. These issues will be illustrated through readings and practical experience with several different concordance programs as well as sources of online corpora. No programming experience is required.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
Fall 2012
LING 4347 - Pragmatics
In this class we will be studying some of the ways in which the context and form of an utterance interact to affect our understanding of meaning in language. Our main topics this term will include reference, deixis, implicature, presupposition, speech acts, and the highlighting of information structure through word order and intonation.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
Fall 2012
LING 5347 - Pragmatics
In this class we will be studying some of the ways in which the context and form of an utterance interact to affect our understanding of meaning in language. Our main topics this term will include reference, deixis, implicature, presupposition, speech acts, and the highlighting of information structure through word order and intonation.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
Spring 2012
LING 5347 - Pragmatics
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
Spring 2012
LING 4347 - Pragmatics
No Description Provided.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
Spring 2012
LING 6300 - Professional Writing Seminar
In this writing workshop for doctoral students, emphasis will be placed on understanding the processes whereby linguists create persuasive and professional writing. Students will be required to engage in three types of activities: (1) reading about the ways in which one creates professional documents, (2) analyzing samples of professional documents, and (3) producing their own professional documents, both new material and revisions of older work. The final portfolio of written materials will include a curriculum vitae, a job application letter, a conference abstract, a professional book review, the revision of a research paper, and a proposal for a dissertation or grant.
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Fall 2011
LING 5310 - Sociolinguistics
This course introduces basic concepts, findings, issues, and research methods in sociolinguistics. Content includes key areas of sociolinguistic theory, as well as topics such as linguistic variation and change, code switching, politeness, ethnographic method, language planning and standardization, and pidgins and creoles.
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Fall 2011
LING 6390 - Linguistics Seminar: Corpus Annotation and Dataset Coding
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Monday3:00PM4:00PM
Wednesday12:30PM2:00PM
Management of data both for compiling a corpus and for coding aspects of your particular data set. We'll try  out tools including those for choosing a Unicode character encoding, converting text files to spreadsheets, running basic UNIX commands for scripting, and annotating with xml tags, including gaining familiarity with guidelines from the Text Encoding Initiative. Students are encouraged to incorporate their own corpus data or data-coding questions from other sources into the class discussions and presentations. Annotation issues will be investigated through readings, in-class discussion of these readings, and hands-on practice in using these tools to obtain sortable and reusable language data. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
Fall 2011
LING 4317 - Sociolinguistics
This course introduces basic concepts, findings, issues, and research methods in sociolinguistics. Content includes key areas of sociolinguistic theory, as well as topics such as linguistic variation and change, code switching, politeness, ethnographic method, language planning and standardization, and pidgins and creoles.
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
Fall 2010
LING 5381 - Corpus Linguistics
This course will explore some of the ways in which computer science and linguistics can inform each other. We will be concerned in particular with the ways in which computers can be used to both obtain the data that we examine and to provide the tools we use for analysis. A range of linguistic issues and problems that can benefit from computational approaches will be surveyed. These issues will be illustrated through readings and practical experience with several different concordance programs as well as sources of online corpora. No programming experience is required.
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Fall 2010
LING 5347 - Pragmatics
In this class we will be studying some of the ways in which the context and form of an utterance interact to affect our understanding of meaning. Our main topics this term will include reference, deixis, implicature, presupposition, speech acts, and the highlighting of information structure through word order and intonation.This is a graduate-level course with two objectives: • To provide practice in analyzing the impact of truth conditions, context, and speaker intention on the interpretation of meaning.• To practice reading and discussing linguistic literature on pragmatics in order to gain insight into both theoretical aspects and practical applications of meaning construction in communication.
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Spring 2010
LING 5345 - Semantics
This course introduces you to the field of semantics, focusing on the representation of linguistic meaning at the lexical level. This semester topics will include logical relations, predication, componential analysis and prototype theory, the mental lexicon, connotation and euphemism, linguistic relativity, semantic roles and verb classes. This course serves as a Meaning and Use course for the MA and PhD course selections. 
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Fall 2008
LING 5100 - Thesis Writing Seminar
This course is for graduate students who plan to write an MA thesis in either Linguistics or TESOL. The course is graded "Pass-Fail". To receive a passing grade, students are expected attend class regularly, participate in discussions, and prepare work as assigned. Coursework is of a highly practical, "hands-on" nature and, as such, is intended to contribute directly to the preparation of your MA thesis. Areas to be covered include knowledge of graduate school forms and timetables, IRB protocol submission and human subject training, learning to access and make efficient use of library databases, and incorporating feedback in revising drafts
No Syllabus Attached!
Fall 2008
LING 5330 - Formal Syntax
The course introduces the fundamental goals and techniques of current syntactic theory and the empirical facts it is based on.  It also has the goal of putting you in a position to pursue more advanced study of the structure of human languages and to provide you with a foundation so you can go on to read, discuss, and apply current work relevant to your own research. After reviewing the basic concepts of modern grammatical theory, the course moves on to the principles of current theoretical syntax in general and the Minimalist Program in particular: phrase structure and constituency, the interaction of syntax and the lexicon, and the nature and type of structure-building and movement operations. Emphasis is placed on coherent argumentation and empirical justification for theoretical claims, as well as overall understanding of theoretical concepts and tools. 
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
Fall 2008
LING 5347 - Pragmatics
In this class we will be studying some of the ways in which the context and form of an utterance interact to affect our understanding of meaning. Our main topics this term will include reference, deixis, implicature, presupposition, speech acts, and the highlighting of information structure through word order and intonation.This is a graduate-level course with two objectives: • To provide practice in analyzing the impact of truth conditions, context, and speaker intention on the interpretation of meaning.• To practice reading and discussing linguistic literature on pragmatics in order to gain insight into both theoretical aspects and practical applications of meaning construction in communication.
No Syllabus Attached!
Fall 2008
LING 5330 - Formal Syntax
The course introduces the fundamental goals and techniques of current syntactic theory and the empirical facts it is based on.  It also has the goal of putting you in a position to pursue more advanced study of the structure of human languages and to provide you with a foundation so you can go on to read, discuss, and apply current work relevant to your own research. After reviewing the basic concepts of modern grammatical theory, the course moves on to the principles of current theoretical syntax in general and the Minimalist Program in particular: phrase structure and constituency, the interaction of syntax and the lexicon, and the nature and type of structure-building and movement operations. Emphasis is placed on coherent argumentation and empirical justification for theoretical claims, as well as overall understanding of theoretical concepts and tools. 
Last Updated on May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
Spring 2008
LING 2301 - Introduction to the Study of Human Language
LING 2301 examines a range of issues concerning the most fundamental of human experiences: acquiring and using a language. Students will consider a variety of language-related topics in the context of the social sciences, from anthropology to history to psychology. Course readings provide students with exposure to many of the basic concepts and terms used in the study of language and linguistics. Lectures complement the readings by further elucidating key concepts and exemplifying these notions in the context of contemporary society.
No Syllabus Attached!
Spring 2008
LING 2301 - Introduction to the Study of Human Language
LING 2301 examines a range of issues concerning the most fundamental of human experiences: acquiring and using a language. Students will consider a variety of language-related topics in the context of the social sciences, from anthropology to history to psychology. Course readings provide students with exposure to many of the basic concepts and terms used in the study of language and linguistics. Lectures complement the readings by further elucidating key concepts and exemplifying these notions in the context of contemporary society.
No Syllabus Attached!
Spring 2008
LING 2301 - Introduction to the Study of Human Language
LING 2301 examines a range of issues concerning the most fundamental of human experiences: acquiring and using a language. Students will consider a variety of language-related topics in the context of the social sciences, from anthropology to history to psychology. Course readings provide students with exposure to many of the basic concepts and terms used in the study of language and linguistics. Lectures complement the readings by further elucidating key concepts and exemplifying these notions in the context of contemporary society.
No Syllabus Attached!
January 2015
Ongoing
Wikipedia editor

Focusing on adding accurate, accessible information on linguistics, and especially creating a presence via adding entries on major female scholars to this front-line source of public information about the field.

Volunteered
July 1995
July 1995
Guest lecturer at the meeting of the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

 "Traveling in China: UNIFEM Prepares for Beijing." Chicago, IL. July 19, 1995.

Volunteered
September 2014
Ongoing
Linguistic Society of America--Committee on Scholarly Communication in Linguistics (CoSCiL)

To advise the LSA Executive Committee on actions to take with respect to the development of new technologies for the dissemination of scholarly linguistic work, in particular where they may impact the Society's existing programs and activities. To assess the ways in which the results of linguistic research can be effectively communicated to diverse audiences of stakeholders in language data, including scholars in allied disciplines, speaker communities, government agencies, and standards bodies. To provide opportunities for members of the linguistics community to receive training in the use of new methods for the curation, dissemination, and processing of language data in order to enhance their research, teaching, and advising. To coordinate with other LSA committees, delegates/liaisons, and the LSA's sister societies in efforts related to scholarly communication, as appropriate.

Volunteered
August 2013
Ongoing
Peer Reviewing

Editorial Board member and reviewer for eJournaALL: EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages.

Volunteered
July 2012
Ongoing
Peer Reviewing

Abstract Reviewer for the Linguistic Society of America, 2012 and 2013 and 2014.

Volunteered
December 2014
December 2014
Peer Reviewing

Ad hoc grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation.

Volunteered
January 2010
September 2014
Linguistic Society of America--Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) (chair 2011)

To assess the role of new technologies in linguistics research and support efforts for such technologies to be used by linguists.

Volunteered
June 2009
November 2013
Peer Reviewing

Abstract Reviewer for the Metroplex Linguistics Conference: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

Volunteered
July 2013
August 2013
Peer Reviewing

Ad hoc reviewer for The International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, published by John Benjamins.

Volunteered
February 2013
March 2013
Peer Reviewing

Ad hoc reviewer of book manuscript for Routledge.

Volunteered
June 2012
July 2012
Peer Reviewing

Ad hoc reviewer for Corpora, published by Edinburgh University Press.

Volunteered
May 2012
June 2012
Peer Reviewing

Abstract Reviewer for the 18th International Conference of Korean Linguistics (ICKL 2012) and the Xuzhou Conference on Linguistic Sciences, 2012

Volunteered
May 2009
June 2012
Peer Reviewing

Abstract Reviewer for the International Symposium on Engineering Education and Educational Technologies (EEET): 2009, 2011, 2012.

Volunteered
June 2006
December 2011
Peer Reviewing

Editorial Board member and reviewer for Glossa, published by the Center for the Study of Language (CSL) at the Universidad del Turabo, Puerto Rico.

Volunteered
May 2005
June 2011
Peer Reviewing

Abstract Reviewer for the Conference on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications (EISTA) 2005;  2007; 2008, 2009, 2011

Volunteered
January 2007
December 2010
Linguistic Society of America--Committee on Membership Services and Information Technology

To oversee the LSA's internal IT policy, membership services, and strategies for recruiting new, retaining current, and winning back lapsed members.

Volunteered
February 2010
March 2010
Peer Reviewing

Ad hoc reviewer of book manuscript for Hodder.

Volunteered
January 2009
March 2009
Peer Reviewing

Ad hoc reviewer for for Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, published by John Benjamins.

Volunteered
January 2001
February 2001
Peer Reviewing

Abstract Reviewer for the Fifteenth annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, 2001

Volunteered
August 2014 -
April 2015
Conference Organizing

Texas Digital Humanities Consortium, 2nd Annual Conference. To be held on April 9-11, 2015

Volunteered
August 2007 -
May 2013
Mentor in the Faculty Mentoring Program

Matched with a professor in Social Work (2012-2013)

Matched with a professor in Social Work (2011-2012)

Matched with a professor in Curriculum and Instruction (2010-2011)

Matched with a professor in Curriculum and Instruction (2009-2010)

Matched with a professor in Curriculum and Instruction (2008-2009)

Matched with a  professor in Psychology (2007-2008)

Volunteered
September 2008 -
March 2013
Member of the Program Review Committee

Campus-internal reviewer for the Program in Urban Affairs (2012-2013)

Campus-internal reviewer (and team chair) for the Department of Psychology (2009-2010)

Campus-internal reviewer for the Department of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering (2008-2009)

Appointed
September 2011 -
March 2012
Conference Organizing

THaTCamp Texas, held at UT Arligton on March 9 and 10, 2012

Volunteered
April 2008 -
April 2008
Panelist

Participant in a faculty development symposium on Preparation of Tenure and Promotion materials, sponsored by the Provost’s office. (April 28, 2008)

Appointed
May - 2013
Departmental Service

Graduate Advisor, Department of Linguistics and TESOL (2003-2012)
Web Server Administrator and Computer Lab Coordinator (2002-present)
Member of Faculty Search Committee (Spring 2004, Spring 2008, Chair Fall 2008)
Member of Student Financial Support Committee  (Spring 2003-present, Chair Spring 2002, Spring 2008)
Member of ad hoc committee to make recommendations for Distinguished Record of Research award (Spring 2002, Spring 2003, Spring 2005)
Member of Periodic Review Committee to review unit chair (Spring 2005)
Member of ad hoc grade grievance committee (Spring 2004, Spring 2005)

Service to the Department
May - 2013
Professional Development Participation

THATCamp Texas (The Humanities and Technology), Rice University (April 15-16, 2011)

Boot camp “Quantitative corpus linguistics with R”, University of North Texas (August 9-15, 2010)

Workshop on Oxygen XML and ELAN alignment software, Edmonton, AACL (Oct. 8, 2009)

Workshop on Sketch Engine concordancing software, Liverpool, CCL (July 20, 2009)

Peer Review Process, Grant Writing for Success, and Strategies for Success, Anthony M. Coelho, Grant Success Associates (November 2008)

Teaching Circle on Active Learning: Trying Classroom Assessment Techniques, UT Arlington (2008-2009)

Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and Clinical Education Resources (August 2008)

Humanities 2.0 Conference, workshops on CommentPress and Zotero, UT Arlington (February 2008)

Teaching Circle on Emerging Classroom Technologies, UT Arlington (2006-2007)

SPEAK rater training workshop, TESOL 1996 Convention, Chicago (March 1996)

LSA Linguistic Institute, University of California at Santa Cruz (Summer 1991)

Uncategorized
June 2012
Ongoing
Department Chair
The University of Texas at Arlington
August 2008
August 2011
Associate Chair
Linguistics & TESOL, College of Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Office of the President, The University of Texas at Arlington
August 1995
May 1998
Curriculum Coordinator
ESL Program/Dept. of Linguistics, Northwestern University
August - 1995
Phone Center Supervisor, Interviewer, and Quality Control Reviewer

National surveys on childhood immunization for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and on women’s health for the National Institutes of Health. (1994-95)

Abt Associates