Featured Faculty Publications

Featured Faculty Publications

These representative examples of books by Department of Linguistics faculty members reflect the broad scope of scholarly inquiry that our curriculum inspires.

Eric Louis Russell: Alpha Masculinity

In a new book, French professor and linguistics graduate faculty member Eric Louis Russell shows that neo-positive masculinity combines elements of dominance, normativity, and androcentrism. This book examines the linguistic and discursive mechanisms that realize the mythological American Alpha Male. Providing an in-depth dissection of corpora from an online sociocommercial community, a pop-psychology guru, and fictional gay erotica, it unravels the ways language, gender, and hegemony play out in this ideological figure of neopositive, essentialist masculinity.

Almerindo Ojeda: A Computational Introduction to Linguistics: Describing Language in Plain Prolog

In this bookProfessor Almerindo Ojeda offers a unique perspective on linguistics by discussing developing computer programs that will assign particular sounds to particular meanings and, conversely, particular meanings to particular sounds. Since these assignments are to operate efficiently over unbounded domains of sound and sense, they can begin to model the two fundamental modalities of human language — speaking and hearing.

Vaidehi Ramanathan: Bodies and Language: Health, Ailments, Disabilities

The role of language in our collective construction of ‘normal’ bodies is explored critically in this book. Addressing a range of concerns linked with visible and invisible, chronic and terminal conditions, the volume probes issues in and around patient and caregiver accounts.

Julia Menard-Warwick: English Language Teachers on the Discursive Faultlines: Identities, Ideologies and Pedagogies

This book by Professor Julia Menard-Warwick brings the voices of teachers into the fierce debates about language ideologies and cultural pedagogies in English language teaching. Through interviews and classroom observations in Chile and California, this study compares the controversies around English as a global language with the similar cultural tensions in programs for immigrants.