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Language Cognition and Social Interaction

One of the strengths of the Department of Communication Studies and The University of Texas is a productive cluster of faculty members and graduate students who study human language in contexts of social interaction and cognition. Faculty in the Department are particularly interested in the roots of conceptual systems and grammar in embodied action and experience, in the ways in which language shapes cognitive processes, how it impacts political life and voting decisions, and how it combines with gesture and other communication modalities in everyday interaction. We use a variety of methods to study language, including corpus analysis, discourse analysis, ?lming social interaction, laboratory experiments, and ?eld research in the local community and around the world. If you have an interest in language research, let's talk about it!

Courses | Publications by faculty members | Dissertations and Theses |

Faculty and courses in other departments


CMS 383L Language and Social Interaction

CMS 384K Contemporary Ethnography of Communication

CMS 384K Ethnographic Research in Communication

CMS 386P Microethnograpy of Interaction

CMS 386P Rhetoric and Ordinary Language

CMS 386P Discourse Analysis

CMS 386P Perspective Taking

CMS 386P Metaphor in Communication

CMS 386P Language, Culture and Communication

CMS 390N Campaign Communication

CMS 390S Orality, Community, and Rap

CMS 392P Advanced Computer-Mediated Communication

Publications by faculty members

Hart, R. P., Jarvis, S. E., Jennings, W. P., & Smith-Howell, D. (2005). Political keywords: Language we use that uses us. New York: Oxford University Press.

Jarvis, S. E. (2005). The talk of the party: Political labels, symbolic capital & American life. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Little?eld.

Jarvis, S. E. (2004). Partisan patterns in presidential campaign speeches, 1948-2000. Communication Quarterly, 52 (4), 403-419.

Duchan, J., Maxwell, M., & Kovarsky, D. (1999). Evaluating Competence in the Course of Everyday Interaction, in Kovarsky et al.

Poeppelmeyer, D., Maxwell, M. & Polich, L. (1999). Deaf Members and Nonmembers: The Creation of Culture through Communication Practices, in Kovarsky et al., 1999.

Maxwell, M. (1997). Assessing Communicative Competence Affected by Childhood Hearing Loss, in D. Kovarsky (ed.), Rethinking the Context of Language and Schooling, Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools, 28 (1997):

Maxwell, M. (1996). Language Codes and Sense-Making among Deaf Schoolchildren. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 1 (1996): 122-136.

Maxwell, M. (1994). Linguistic Theories and Language Interaction, in D. Kovarsky, J. Damico & M. Maxwell (eds.), Language Interaction in Clinical and Educational Settings. Silver Spring, MD: American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, 1994, pp. 1-9.

McGlone, M.S., & Knapp, M.L. (Eds.). (forthcoming). The Interplay of Truth and Deception. New York: Routledge.

McGlone, M.S., & P?ester, R.A. (2009). Does time ?y when you're having fun, or do you? Affect, agency, and embodiment in temporal communication. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 28, 3-31.

McGlone, M.S. (2007). What is the explanatory value of a conceptual metaphor? Language and Communication, 27, 109-126.

McGlone, M.S., Beck, G.A., & P?ester, R.A. (2006). Contamination and camou?age in euphemisms. Communication Monographs, 73, 261-282.

Peña, J., & Hancock, J. T. (2006). An analysis of socioemotional and task-oriented communication in an online multiplayer video game. Communication Research, 33, 92-109.

Nastri J. A., Peña, J., & Hancock, J. T. (2006). The construction of away messages in instantmessenger: A speech act analysis. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 11, 1025-1045.

Streeck, J. (Ed.) (to appear) New Adventures in Language and Interaction. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

J. Streeck & J.S. Jordan (to appear). Communication as a dynamical self-sustaining system: The importance of time-scales and nested contexts. Communication Theory.

J. Streeck. 2002 Culture, meaning, and interpersonal communication. Handbook of InterpersonalCommunication. Eds. M.L. Knapp & J. Daly. (pp. 286-319). Beverly Hills: Sage. 3rd Edition, 300-335.

J. Streeck. 1996 A little Ilokano grammar as it appears in interaction. Journal of Pragmatics, 26, 189-213.

J. Streeck. 1995 On Projection. Interaction and Social Intelligence. Ed. E. Goody. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 84-110

Ph. D. dissertations and M.A. theses

Stewart, Katherine (Ph.D., 2008). Interactive construction of dispute narratives in mediated con?ict talk.

Han, S. (Ph.D., 2008). The untold story: Portrayals of electoral participation in print news coverage of American presidential campaigns

Ikeda, Tomoko (Ph.D., 2007) Facilitating Participation: Communicative Practices in Interaction Between Native and Nonnative Speakers of Japanese

Sakai, Shinobu. (M.A., 2007). The effects of rephrasing on disputants' con?ict frames.

Henning, Kate (Ph.D., 2006) Everyday (Re-) Enactment: Reporting Strategies in Non-Narrative Talk-in-Interaction

Van Camp, Camilia. (M.A., 2006). Frame convergence during con?ict mediation.

Szmania, Susan (Ph.D., 2004) Beginning dif?cult conversations : an analysis of opening statements in Victim Offender Mediation/Dialogue. 2004.

Kim, Jeong-Yeon (Ph.D., 2004) Repair in the Lab Hour: Second Language Interactions Between Korean TAs and Native English-Speaking Students

Duong, Sue Lynn. (M.A., 2004). Mediator questions : a test of McGee's framework in mediation.

Tsutsui, Kumiko (Ph.D., 2002) Communication practices in a Japanese subsidiary in the U.S.: globalization in process.

Funayama, Izumi (Ph.D., 2002) Intercultural Experiences and Practices in a Chinese-American Joint Venture: A Study of Narratives and Interactions about and beyond "Chinese" and "Japanese"

Ho, Shin-jung (M.A., 2002). Kan dashan argument as a collaborative and social activity in a Chinese community : sequential organization, social-interactional functions, and communicative practices of "Ethni?cation".

Liebscher, Grit (Ph.D., 1999) Arriving at Identities: Voice and Positioning in German Talk Shows between 1989 and 1994

Taleghani-Nikazm, Carmen (Ph.D., 1999) Politeness in Native-Nonnative Speakers' Interaction: Manifestations of Persian Taroof in the Interaction Among Iranian Speakers of German with German Native Speakers

Schlanze, Volker (M.A., 1999) About the Pragmatic Ambiguity of Interrogative Questions andHearing Checks in English and German.

Corbin, Susan. (Ph.D., 1998). talk at dinner

Golato, Andrea (Ph.D., 1997) Quotatives, Reported Speech, and Constructed Dialogue in Everyday German Conversation: A Conversation Analytic Perspective

Chin, LiLi (Ph.D., 1996) Bridging the Past and the Future: Communication Patterns in a Taiwanese Organization during a Time of Change

Bruder, Kurt (Ph.D., 1994) "May I Have a Blessing?": An Inquiry Into the Personality- and Community-Shaping Power of a Distinct Discourse Practice

Corbin, Susan. (M.A., 1994). Accomplishing intimate relationships : partners and parents

Bloch, Linda-Renee. (Ph.D., 1990). Communicating as an American in Israel: the immigrant's perception.

Faculty and courses in other departments

Prof. Lisa Bedore, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Prof. Carl Blyth, Dept. of French and Italian & Texas Language Technology Center

Prof. Hans Boas, Dept. of Germanic Studies (Cognitive Linguistics, Language Variation, Language and Politics, Intercultural Communication);

Prof. Barbara Davis, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Prof. Lars Hinrichs, Dept. of English (English as a world language, English in Texas, sociolinguistics)
Prof. Elizabeth Keating, Dept. of Anthropology (technology and language, language and cognition, language and gender, language and space, science communication, technology and workplace communication)

Prof. Dale Koike, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese (pragmatics, discourse, interaction)

Prof. Angela Nonaka, Dept. of Anthropology (language socialization, language ideologies, ?eldwork methods, language documentation, and language endangerment)

Prof. Elizabeth Peña, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders