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Professor, Graduate Advisor, Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, anthropological linguistics
Courses Taught 
LING 110: Lexicology: The Study of Words
LING 120: Language and Human Behavior
LING 322: Introduction to Sociolinguistics
LING 362: Linguistics and Literature
LING 363: The Graphic Novel: Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Approaches
LING 446: Sociolinguistics
LING 448: Discourse Analysis
LING 449: Anthropological Linguistics
LING 481: Language and Tourism
LING 483: Field Methods in Linguistics
Research Interests 
language and identity, the discursive construction of grief and mourning, language and tourism


Ph.D. Georgetown University

M.S. Georgetown University

B.A. Northwestern University

Selected Publications 


Methods for the Ethnography of Communication: Language in Use in Schools and Communities.  2014 (To appear).  Routledge.  (with Char Ullman)

Official Tourism Websites: A Discourse Analytic Perspective. 2010. Multilingual Matters.  (with Richard W. Hallett)

Journeys to Cultural Understanding1995. Heinle and Heinle.  (with Debra Chan and Deborah Sandstrom)

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

Testimonies of Jewish Holocaust Survivors: Characterizing Narratives of Resistance and Resilience.  2014. In Khiterer, Victoria (ed.), The Holocaust: Memories and History.  Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, pp. 102-127. (with Yonit Hoffman)

A Call to Religious Festivity: Reconstructing New Orleans Tourist by Tourist.  2006.  Journeys of Expression V Conference Proceedings. (with Richard Hallett) 

The Construction of Independence: A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Lithuanian Tourism Websites.  2004.  La Communication Touristique: Approches Discursives de l'identite et de l'alterite/Tourist Communication: Discursive Approaches to Identity and Otherness, ed. by Fabienne Baider, Marcel Burger, and Dionysis Goutsos.  Paris: L'Harmattan, pp. 215-234. (with Richard Hallett)


Addressing Loss and Resilience:  Informing Patient Care through Comic Narratives. 2012.  Atrium:  The Report of the Northwestern Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program.  Chicago:  Northwestern.

The place every football fan wants to visit’: A discursive analysis of football and soccer halls of fame.  The Linguistics of Football,  ed. by Eva Lavric, Gerhard Pisek, Andrew Skinner, and Wolfgang Stadler.  Tübingen: Gunter Narr, p. 211-220. (with Richard Hallett).

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