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Laurel S Stvan

Name

[Stvan, Laurel S]
  • Chair, Linguistics & TESOL
  • Assoc Prof, Linguistics & TESOL

Biography

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 is currently serving a second term as department chair.

Dr. Stvan’s research strengths are in pragmatics and lexical semantics, focusing on the use of bare singular count nouns; corpus-based work, especially the interpretation of polysemy in health discourse, brand name morphology, and discourse markers; digital humanities and digital pedagogies within 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.

Professional Preparation

    • 1998 Ph.D. in LinguisticsNorthwestern University
    • 1988 M.A. in EnglishU of Illinois at Chicago
    • 1986 B.A. in EnglishU of Illinois at Chicago

Appointments

    • June 2012 to Present Department Chair
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • May 2012 to July 2012 Visiting Scholar
      University of Birmingham, UK   Centre for Advanced Research in English
    • Jan 2008 to May 2011 Associate Chair
      University of Texas at Arlington   Department of Linguistics and TESOL
    • Aug 2007 to Present Associate Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington   Department of Linguistics and TESOL
    • Aug 2001 to May 2007 Assistant Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington   Department of Linguistics
    • Aug 1999 to May 2001 Clinical Assistant Professor
      University of Utah   Department of Linguistics
    • Aug 1998 to May 1999 Lecturer
      DePaul University   Department of Communication
    • Aug 1996 to May 1998 ESL Coordinator
      Northwestern University   Department of Linguistics
    • Aug 1993 to May 1994 Instructor
      University of Science and Technology of China   Department of Foreign Language
    • Aug 1992 to Dec 1994 Instructor
      Roosevelt University   English Language Program
    • Aug 1990 to May 1993 Instructor
      Northwestern University   Department of Linguistics
    • Aug 1986 to May 1988 Instructor
      University of Illinois at Chicago   Department of English

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Mar 2014 to Present Modern Language Association (MLA)
    • May 2010 to Present International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)
    • Aug 2005 to Present American Dialect Society (ADS)
    • Aug 1990 to Present Linguistic Society of America (LSA)

Awards and Honors

    • Apr  2014 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award (2013-14) sponsored by UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts
    • Oct  2009 Alicia Smotherman Faculty Award sponsored by Thad and Alicia Smotherman Award Details
      Description:

      Recognizing faculty within the College of Liberal Arts whose expertise and teaching abilities have inspired students to create work of exceptional merit.

    • Apr  2009 Outstanding Academic Advisor: honorable mention sponsored by Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic AffairsOffice of the PresidentUniversity of Texas at Arlington

News Articles

Research and Expertise

  • 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.
     

  • 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.
     

Publications

      Journal Article 2016
      • Stvan, Laurel Smith and Suganthi John. 2016. “Learning English Bare Singulars: Data in the L2 Classroom,” E-JournALL: EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages. 3.1: 1-22

        {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]

        Book Review 2015
        • Review of Technology in Interlanguage Pragmatics Research and Teaching (2013) by Naoko Taguchi

          and Julie M. Sykes, in Discourse Studies. 17:4 485-487.

          {Book Review} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

          Conference Proceeding 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} [Refereed/Juried]

            Journal Article 2013
            • Stvan, Laurel Smith. “Stress Management: Corpus-based Insights into Vernacular Interpretations of Stress,”  Communication & Medicine. 10.1: 81-93.

              {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]

              Book Review 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                Book Review 2009
                • Stvan, Laurel Smith. Review of Corpora for University Language Teachers.TESL-EJ 13, no 2, September, 2009.
                  {Book Review} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
                • 2009
                  • Stvan, Laurel Smith. Review of Pragmatics: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, by Louise Cummings. International Cognitive Linguistics Association, 2009.

                    {Book Review} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                  • Journal Article 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} [Refereed/Juried]

                      Book Review 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                      • Conference Proceeding 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                          Book Chapter 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} [Refereed/Juried]

                          • Book Review 2007
                            • Stvan, Laurel Smith. Review of The Language of Websites, by Mark Boardman.Language and Literature 16, no 4, 2007: 405-4.
                              {Book Review} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                            • Journal Article 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.

                                {Peer Reviewed} [Refereed/Juried]

                                Book Chapter 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} [Refereed/Juried]

                                • Book Review 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                  • Journal Article 2006
                                    • Stvan, Laurel S. 2006. The Contingent Meaning of -ex Brand Names in English. In Corpora 1(2). 217-250.
                                      {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                      Journal Article 2005
                                      • Stvan, Laurel S. 2005. Inferring New Vocabulary Using Online Texts. Computers in the Schools 22(1/2). 85-96.
                                        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

                                        Book Review 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                          Conference Proceeding 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                            Book Review 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                              Conference Proceeding 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                Book 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

                                                • Conference Proceeding 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} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Presentations

    • March  2016
      “Beliefs Connecting Food to Health: Lexical Conflation in CADOH”

      Presented at the 61st Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association, at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, March 11-13, 2016.

    • May  2016
      Stvan, Laurel Smith. “Progress on CADOH: Data Old and New.”

      Lightning talk at the Texas Digital Humanities Conference, University of Austin, May 27, 2016.

    • May  2016
      Fay, Jacqueline, Laurel Stvan and Sridhar Nerur “Changes in Vernacular Perspectives on Health: Medieval to Modern Texts Highlighting Food and Health.”

       Talk presented at DHX: Digital Humanities Extravaganza, Dept. of English, UT Arlington, May 4, 2016.

    • October  2016
      Stvan, Laurel Smith, Jacqueline Fay, and Sridhar Nerur. “What’s Healthy, Then and Now: Gathering texts for the Corpus of American Discourses on Health.”

      Talk presented at the Digital Scholarship Series. UT Arlington. Oct. 6, 2016.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lq9IM4_4NE

    • October  2016
      Stvan, Laurel Smith. “Expressing Causation: Using Corpus Data to Distill Connections from Vernacular Prose.”

      Poster presented at the 8th DFW Linguistics Conference, Graduate Institute of Linguistics, Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2016.

    • 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.

    • November  2015
      Stvan, Laurel Smith. “Gathering and Compiling CADOH: The the Corpus of American Discourses on Health."

      Presented at the 7th DFW Metroplex Linguistics Conference, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, Nov. 14, 2015.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • February  2013

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Past
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      2016. Stvan, Laurel Smith, Jacqueline Fay, and Sridhar Nerur. “What’s Healthy, Then and Now: Gathering texts for the Corpus of American Discourses on Health.”

      Talk presented at the Digital Scholarship Series. UT Arlington. Oct. 6, 2016.

  • Past
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      Stvan, Laurel Smith. ¬¬“Expressing Causation: Using Corpus Data to Distill Connections from Vernacular Prose.”

      Poster presented at the 8th DFW Linguistics Conference, Graduate Institute of Linguistics, Dallas, Texas, October 21, 2016.

  • Past
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      "What’s Healthy, Then and Now: Gathering texts for the Corpus of American Discourses on Health.”

      Talk presented at the Digital Scholarship Series. UT Arlington. Oct. 6, 2016.

  • Past
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      “Progress on CADOH: Data Old and New.”

      Lightning talk at the Texas Digital Humanities Conference, University of Austin, May 27, 2016.

Support & Funding

    • Feb 2016 to Aug 2016 “What Students Consider to be Healthy: Focus Group Data Tracking the Language of Pre-Diabetic Populations.” sponsored by  - $9625
    • Jan 2016 to Aug 2016 “Changes in Vernacular Perspectives on Health: Medieval to Modern Texts Highlighting Food and Health.” sponsored by  - $9500
    • May 2014 to June 2014 North American Fund support to be a visiting scholar at the Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE) sponsored by  - $1400
    • May 2014 to Sept 2014 Research Endowment Award sponsored by  - $900
    • May 2012 to July 2012 Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE) Fellowship sponsored by  - $3837
    • June 2011 to July 2011 North American Fund support to be a visiting scholar at the Centre for Advanced Research in English (CARE) sponsored by  - $1445
    • Apr 2011 to Apr 2011 THATCamp Bootcamp Fellowship sponsored by  - $500
    • May 2007 to Aug 2007 Research Enhancement Program Grant (REP) sponsored by  - $6932

Students Supervised

  • Doctoral
    • May 2013
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      Disseration: Politeness Devices in the Tuvan Language. 2013.

    • May 2013
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      Dissertation: A Corpus-based Analysis of Discourse Anaphora in English and Korean: A Neo-Gricean Pragmatic Approach. 2013.

    • May 2012
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      Dissertation: American Sign Language Verb Categories in Constructed Action. 2012.

    • Dec 2010
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      Dissertation: Talking to Strangers: A Sociolinguistic Experiment in Initial Dyadic Interaction between Spanish-Speakers in 21st Century Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2010.

    • May 2010
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      Dissertation: Articulations of Identity within Kuwaiti High School Cliques: Language Choices in Boyat and Emo Filipino Youth Groups. 2010.

    • Dec 2009
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      Dissertation: Azerbaijan-Russian Code-switching and Code-mixing: Form, Function, and Identity. 2009.

    • Aug 2009
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      Dissertation: The Emergence of Pragmatic Softeners by Instructed Learners of Spanish in the Study Abroad and Immersion Contexts. 2009.

    • May 2009
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      Dissertation: The Acquisition of Chinese Nominal Classifiers by L2 Adult Learners. 2009.

    • Dec 2007
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      Dissertation: "Does Your Throat Hurt More in the Morning or Throughout the Day?" "Yes.": Intercultural Medical Discourse. 2007.

    • Aug 2004
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      Dissertation: Interlanguage Lexicology of Arab Students of English: A Computer Learner Corpus-Based Approach. 2004.

    • May 2014
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      Dissertation: Swahili Word Order Choices: Insights from Information Structure. 2014

    • July 2015
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      Dissertation: A Corpus Study of Requests in Naturally Occurring Spoken American English: a Context Analysis Approach. 2015

    • Dec 2015
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      Dissertation: Korean Unaccusativity from an Empirical Perspective. 2015,

  • Master's
    • May 2009
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      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.

    • May 2005
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      MA TESOL Thesis: Overseas Language Learning Experience: Student Beliefs about Their Teachers' Qualifications. 2005.

    • May 2005
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      MA TESOL Thesis: The Eritrean English Curriculum: Grades 2-6, Assessing Academic Readiness. 2005.

    • May 2004

      MA in Linguistics Thesis: Code-Switching in the Speech of Spanish-English Bilinguals. 2004.

    • Aug 2002
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      MA in Linguistics Thesis: Continuity and Given-New Status of Discourse Referents in Adzera Oral Narrative. 2002.

  • Undergraduate Honor's Thesis
    • Dec 2014
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      "The Linguistic Mechanism of Knock-knock Jokes"

Collaborators

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      Duration : Aug 2011 to Present

      Co-author on an article on the acquisition of English article plus noun combinations.

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      Duration : Nov 2014 to Present

      Conference panels on DH projects, conference planning for the 2nd Texas Digital Humanities conference.

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      Duration : May 2014 to Present

      Co-author on conference presentation and journal submission on an engaged learning project for undergraduates using the online Oxford English Dictionary.

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      Duration : Sept 2015 to Present

      Collaborator on grant studying the language of pre-diabetic college students.

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      Duration : Sept 2015 to Present

      Colaborator on a grant analyzing text patterns in a diachronic study of health discourse.

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      Colaborator on a grant analyzing text patterns in a diachronic study of health discourse.

Courses

      • LING 4345-001 Semantics

        This course introduces you to the field of semantics, focusing on the representation of meaning at the lexical level. This semester topics will include ways of describing meaning (sense and reference, componential analysis and prototype theory), ways of organizing meaning (the mental lexicon, connotation and euphemism, linguistic relativity), and ways of applying these concepts to sort predicates by argument strucure patterns.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 5381-001 Corpus Linguistics

        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 corpora. No programming experience is required.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 4330-001 Corpus Linguistics

        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 corpora. No programming experience is required.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 5347-001 Pragmatics

        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 be reference, deixis, implicature, presupposition, speech acts, turn-taking, and the highlighting of information structure through word order and intonation.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 5110-001 TESOL PRACTICUM

        This class is a required part of the Graduate Certifciate in TESOL. It’s a teaching practicum (paid or unpaid) supervised by a faculty practicum coordinator, with the student performing duties related to the academic curriculum of TESOL. Students are required to submit an approved academic project related to the work performed. May be repeated with approval of the Graduate Advisor.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 4395-001 INTERNSHIP

        This class is a required part of the undergraduate TESOL Certificate. It consists of an internship (paid or unpaid) supervised by a faculty internship coordinator, with the student performing duties related to the academic curriculum of TESOL. Students are required to submit an approved academic project related to the work performed. May be repeated with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 5395-001 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP

        This class is a separate from the MA TESOL practicum. It’s a internship (paid or unpaid) supervised by a faculty practicum coordinator, with the student performing duties related to the academic curriculum of Linguistics and/or TESOL. Students are required to submit an approved academic project related to the work performed. May be repeated with approval of the Graduate Advisor.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 5393-001 TESOL TEACHING AND OBSERVATION

        This class is a required part of the MA in TESOL. It’s a teaching practicum (paid or unpaid) supervised by a faculty practicum coordinator, with the student performing duties related to the academic curriculum of TESOL. Students are required to submit an approved academic project related to the work performed. May be repeated with approval of the Graduate Advisor.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 5372 Readings in Linguistics: Pragmatics and Discourse Markers

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 5381-001 Corpus Linguistics

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 4330-001 Corpus Linguistics

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 6300-001 Professional Writing for Linguistics

        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.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 5347-001 Pragmatics

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 4347-001 Pragmatics

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 4330-001 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.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • LING 5381-001 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.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • LING 4347-001 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.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • LING 5347-001 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.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • LING 5347-001 Pragmatics
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        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
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        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • LING 6300-001 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.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • LING 5310-001 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.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • LING 6390-001 Linguistics Seminar: Corpus Annotation and Dataset Coding

        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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • LING 4317-001 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.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • LING 5381-001 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.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • LING 5347-001 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.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • LING 5345-001 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. 
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • LING 5100-001 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
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2008
      • LING 5330-001 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. 
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2008 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • LING 5347-001 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.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 20081 Link
      • LING 5330-001 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. 
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2008 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • LING 2301-001 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.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 20081 Link
      • LING 2301-001 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.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 20081 Link
      • LING 2301-001 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.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 20081 Link

Service to the Community

  • Volunteered
    • Jan 2015 to  Present 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.

    • July 1995 to  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.

    • Oct 2012 to  Oct 2012 Contributor to the “Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out 2012”

Service to the Profession

  • Volunteered
    • July 2013 to  Aug 2013 Peer Reviewing

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

    • Feb 2013 to  Mar 2013 Peer Reviewing

      Ad hoc reviewer of book manuscript for Routledge.

    • June 2012 to  July 2012 Peer Reviewing

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

    • Jan 2009 to  Mar 2009 Peer Reviewing

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

    • June 2006 to  Dec 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.

    • July 2012 to  Present Peer Reviewing

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

    • June 2009 to  Nov 2013 Peer Reviewing

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

    • May 2012 to  June 2012 Peer Reviewing

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

    • May 2009 to  June 2012 Peer Reviewing

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

    • May 2005 to  June 2011 Peer Reviewing

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

    • Feb 2010 to  Mar 2010 Peer Reviewing

      Ad hoc reviewer of book manuscript for Hodder.

    • Jan 2001 to  Feb 2001 Peer Reviewing

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

    • Aug 2013 to  Present Peer Reviewing

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

    • Dec 2014 to  Dec 2014 Peer Reviewing

      Ad hoc grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation.

    • Sept 2014 to  Present 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.

    • Jan 2010 to  Sept 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.

    • Jan 2007 to  Dec 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.

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • Sept 2008 to  Mar 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)

    • Apr 2008 to  Apr 2008 Panelist

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

  • Volunteered
    • Aug 2007 to  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)

    • Sept 2011 to  Mar 2012 Conference Organizing

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

    • Aug 2014 to  Apr 2015 Conference Organizing

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

Other Service Activities

  • Uncategorized
    • 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)

  • Service to the Department
    • 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)

Administrative Appointment

  • 2012
    • June 2012 to Present - Department Chair, University of Texas at Arlington
  • 2008
    • Aug 2008 to Aug 2011 - Associate Chair, University of Texas at Arlington   Office of the President   Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs   College of Liberal Arts   Linguistics & TESOL
  • 1995
    • Aug 1995 to May 1998 - Curriculum Coordinator, Northwestern University   ESL Program/Dept. of Linguistics

Other Administration Activities

  • 1995
    • Abt Associates
      • Aug 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)