Research Groups

Department-related Research Projects

This document lists research projects involving BYU Linguistics Department Faculty. It mentions the project, leader (and contact person, if different), meeting time/place information (if known), the focus of research, and a web page (if available). Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to meetings, and participation in ongoing or new work is usually encouraged. Participation is usually on a volunteer basis, but part-time paid positions or internships are sometimes available.


Wrenaissance Poetics: the Language and Literature Group (beginning January 2017)

Dr. Cynthia Hallen, 801-422-2020

cynthia_hallen@byu.edu

Meeting: to be determined by participant schedules. 4073 JFSB.

http://edl.byu.edu

 

Description

We will focus on lexical, semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic aspects of poetry and other literary texts. Work sessions include our own creative writing texts. Projects reviewing the scholarly works and Shakespeare annotations of Dr. Arthur H. King.


Customized Video Playback Group

Harold Hendricks – 422-6448

harold_hendricks@byu.edu

Meeting: Irregularly/as necessary

 

Description

The Electronic Film Review project (using feature films in DVD format to support teaching), VAD (a format based on MPEG-7), and VCP.

 

Note: When contacting Harold Hendricks by email include the research group name in the subject line.


Editing/Information Design Research Group

Alan Manning 422-2974

alan_manning@byu.edu

Meeting: by appt. with Prof. Manning

http://linguistics.byu.edu/classes/Ling580am/

 

Description

We’re reviewing applied linguistics research with implications for editing and information design. The aim is to explore the literature and design new research projects in this area, and to help working editors develop portfolios in which editorial decisions are annotated with explanations of linguistic principles governing those decisions. Students can participate for 580R credit, but other interested faculty and students are welcome to sample our reading list and our recent published work, and/or discuss and develop new research projects.


Second Language Acquisition Research Group

Dan Dewey and Wendy Baker Smemoe

422-6005 (Dewey) or 422-4714 (Smemoe)

ddewey@byu.edu, wendy_baker@byu.edu

Contact Dr. Dewey for meeting times, information on projects,etc.

 

Description

We are a group of faculty and students interested in various aspects of second language acquisition. Specifically, we have recently examined the influence of the following variables on second language learning: motivation, personality, cognitive abilities, aptitude, amount and type of language use, social networks, age, and gender.  We have investigated the linguistic benefits of international internships, foreign language residences, study abroad, service learning abroad, etc. We are also looking at relationships between fluency and proficiency development to determine if we can use simple measures of fluency to estimate second language proficiency. We conduct research on the acquisition of English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Russian.


TESOL Program Assessment Research Group

Lynn Henrichsen and Mark Tanner

(801) 422-2938 (Henrichsen), (801) 422-8154 (Tanner)

Lynn_Henrichsen@byu.edu, mark_tanner@byu.edu

 

Description

Assessment of various aspects of TESOL teacher-preparation programs (especially ours) to determine their nature and worth (validity, usability, etc.). Also, investigations of the career paths that TESOL graduates follow and moderator variables (coursework completed, L1, gender, national origin, etc.) that affect their careers after graduation. The results of our recent TESOL alumni survey (with nearly 300 respondents) constitute a major data source for research in this area. This group’s overall goal is to provide an empirical foundation for designing the curricula of teacher- preparation programs in TESOL.


Positive Psychology in Second Language Teaching and Learning

Norm Evans 422-8472       Dan Dewey 422-6005

Norm_evans@byu.edu      ddewey@byu.edu

Contact Dr. Evans or Dr. Dewey for meeting times.

 

Description

In second language learning, attitudes, motivation, and other affective variables can help explain what causes success and failure in learning. Furthermore, positive behaviors associated with self-regulation, such as awareness of one’s emotions, self-evaluation and goal setting can also help learners acquire language.  Positive psychology includes the study of affective variables and self-regulation. The primary purpose of this research group is to identify ways to use our knowledge of positive psychology to help learners acquire a second language.


Quechua Language Research Group

Janis B. Nuckolls 422-3448

Janis_nuckolls@byu.edu

Meetings: Thursdays at 2:00pm in 4055 JFSB (Dr. Nuckolls’s office)

 

Description

We are actively working on writing and preparing to publish, a grammatical description of a variety of Quechua spoken in Amazonian Ecuador. Prior experience with summer research during a BYU Ecuador Study Abroad is a definite asset.

 

We are also editing and adding video clips of Quechua speakers to our online corpus Quechuarealwords. Any students wanting to join this project are welcome, with or without prior experience in this language.

 

For proposing your own funded research, see: http://www.orca.byu.edu/orca/.


Prescriptivism

Don Chapman 801-422-8738 Dallin D. Oaks 801-422-6369

don_chapman@byu.edu dallin_oaks@byu.edu

Meetings: TBD

 

Description
This research group will explore various facets of linguistic prescriptivism.  These include such matters as the ideologies behind prescriptivism, issues of standardization, mechanisms for perpetuating the prescriptive tradition, how “correctness” is established, and the question of what constitutes authority in prescriptivism.


Language Documentation Research Group

 Chris Rogers 801-422-4707

chris_rogers@byu.edu

Meetings: contact Chris Rogers for meeting times and projects information

 

Description

This research group focuses on various aspects of language documentation and language endangerment.  We will be working on producing grammatical descriptions and comprehensive documentations of Wichi’, Sapé, Uruak, Ninam, Máku and Tol.  If other languages are of interest, we will work on project creation and grant writing.  This group gives participants experience in field linguistics, language analysis, typology, and historical linguistics.