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Dr. K Aaron Smith

Professor
Lang Literatures & Cultures
Office Hours
Send email to kasmit3@ilstu.edu
  • About
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Current Courses

341.001Introduction To Descriptive Linguistics

461.001Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

112.001First Year Latin (Part II)

241.001Growth And Structure Of The English Language

395.001Honors Thesis: English

287.001Independent Study

599.003Research And Dissertation

599.103Research And Dissertation Final Term

599.203Research And Dissertation Final Term

540.001Seminar In Linguistics & Language Study

Teaching Interests & Areas

Theoretical Linguistics, History of English, Grammar

Research Interests & Areas

Linguistics, Morphosyntax, Grammaticalization, History of English, Germanic Linguistics, Dutch

Ph D Linguistics

University of New Mexico
Albuquerque

Book Review

Smith, K. Review of Anderwald, Liselotte. 2009. The Morphology of English Dialects: Verb-formation in Non-standard English. Amsterdam: Benjamins.. Linguistlist 21 (2010): 2486.
Smith, K. Review of Leap, Willam and Tom Boellstorf. 2004. Speaking in Queer Tongues: Globalization and Gay Language. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.. Sexuality Research and Social Policy 1.3 (2004): 82-85.
Smith, K. Review of Busse, Ulrich. 2002. Linguistic Variation in the Shakespeare Corpus: Morphosyntactic Variability of Second Person Pronouns. Cambridge: University Press.. Linguistlist 14 (2003): 945.

Book, Authored

Rymniak, M., Kulandski, G., & Smith, K. Kaplan Essential Review for the TOEFL. Simon and Schuster (1997): 521.

Book, Chapter

Smith, K. The Selection of HAVE and BE Auxiliaries: The Interaction of Grammar and Lexicon in the Mind. Raúl Aronovich (EDs), Auxiliary Selection. John Benjamins (2007): 207-219.
Smith, K. Modern Dutch as a Diagnostic forMiddle English: The Dilemma of the English Progressive. John Boyle, Jung-Hyuck Lee and Arika Okrent (EDs), CLS 36, Volume 2: The Panels. Chicago Linguistics Society (2001): 475-483.
Smith, K. The Role of Frequency in the Specialization of the Have Auxiliary in English. Joan Bybee and Paul Hopper (EDs), Frequency and Emergent Grammar. John Benjamins (2001): 361-382.

Conference Proceeding

Smith, K., & Nordquist, D. Proceedings from the 4th Annual High Desert Linguistics Conference. K. Aaron Smith and Dawn Nordquist (EDs). High Desert Linguistics Society (2002)
Smith, K., & Nordquist, D. Proceedings from the 3rd Annual High Desert Linguistics Conference. K. Aaron Smith and Dawn Nordquist (EDs). High Desert Linguistics Society (2001)
Smith, K. The Development of the Remote Past. Catherine Berkenfield, Dawn Nordquist and Angus Grieve-Smith (EDs), Proceedings from the 1st Annual High Desert Linguistics Conference. High Desert Linguistics Society (1998): 1-15.

Journal Article

Smith, K. Grammaticalization. Language and Linguistics Compass 5/6 (2011): 367-380.
Smith, K. Standardization after 1600 and its effects on two Domains of English Linguistic Structure. Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 18.1 (2011): 46-70.
Smith, K. The History of Be Fixing To: Grammaticization, Sociolinguisitic Distribution and Emerging Literary Spaces. English Today 97 25.1 (2009): 12-18.
Smith, K., & Kim, S. Fighting in Public: Approaches to Team Teaching HEL and Bridging English Studies. Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 16.1 (2008)
Smith, K. The Development of the English Progressive. Journal of Germanic Linguistics 19.3 (2007): 205-241.
Smith, K. The Development of the English Progressive: A Felicitous Problem for the Teaching of HEL. Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 14.1 (2007): 71-87.
Smith, K. The Universal Tendency for Renewal among Grammatical Expression for Anterior and Related Aspect. Journal of Universal Language 7 (2006): 139-160.

Material Regarding New Courses/Curricula

Smith, K. Curriculum Units from The Story of English. K. Aaron Smith (EDs). Albuquerque Teacher’s Institute (2002)

Textbook, New

K. Aaron Smith and Susan M. Kim.  This Language, A River.  Peterborough: Broadview, 2017.

Presentations

“‘Into English from that letter-craft called Grammatica’: Ælfric, Grammatica, Correction, and Diachronic Language Study”. Fall Lecture, Speaker Series. The “Institute” for Medieval Languages and Literatures. (2011)
"'To engliscum gereorde of ðam stæfcræfte, þe is gehaten grammatica': Ælfric, Grammatica, and Diachronic Language Study". International Congress of Medieval Studies. International Congress of Medieval Studies. (2011)
A Critical and Historical Investigation into Semantic Prosody. Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference. (2010)
Ælfric’s Grammatical Ideology. Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference. (2010)
"Achieving the Small Classroom Dynamic and Maximizing Student Involvement in the Large Classroom Setting". 9th Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning. Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at Illinois State University. (2009)
“The importance of the Middle English development of the progressive for the 19th century development of the verbal periphrasis fixing to”. International Congress of Medieval Studies. International Congress of Medieval Studies. (2008)
“Reconciling Grammatical Variability in Medieval Texts with Larger Patterns of Grammaticization”. International Congress of Medieval Studies. International Congress of Medieval Studies. (2007)
“Standardization after 1600 and its likely Effects on Spoken English”. International Congress of Medieval Studies. International Congress of Medieval Studies. (2007)
"Fighting in Public: Approaches to team teaching HEL in the Large Lecture". International Congress of Medieval Studies. International Congress of Medieval Studies. (2006)
“Frequency in Grammaticization as a Heuristic for Categorizing Types of Change”. International Congress of Medieval Studies. International Congress of Medieval Studies. (2006)
“Typology of Progressives in Germanic and the Odd Case of English”. Germanic Philology Discussion Group at the Annual MLA Meeting. MLA. (2006)
“Standardization of English and Development of the English Progressive”. International Congress on Medieval Studie. International Congress on Medieval Studie. (2005)
“Auxiliary Selection in Germanic: The Importance of Diachrony in Synchronic Description”. Michigan Linguistics Society Meeting. Michigan Linguistics Society. (2004)
“LGBT Linguistics in the Classroom”. Lavender Languages and Linguistics XI. Lavender Languages and Linguistics. (2004)
“A New View on the Unidirectionality Debate: The Evolution of Pragmatics”. The Normal Linguistics Roundtable. (2003)
“An Explication of the Dual Source Hypothesis: The Effects of Standardization on the Literary versus Spoken Development of the English Progressive”. Modern Language Association Annual Meeting: Germanic Philology Discussion Group. Modern Language Association. (2003)
“Semantic Developments of the Modern English Progressive in a Universal Context”. The Modern Language Association Annual Convention: Germanic Discussion Group. Modern Language Association. (2001)
“The Network Approach to Teaching Latin: Building Associations between two Languages”. The American Classical League 54th Annual Institute. The American Classical League. (2001)
“Modern Dutch as a Diagnostic for Middle English: The Dilemma of the English Progressive”. The 36th Chicago Linguistics Society Conference. Chicago Linguistics Society. (2000)
“Parataxis in Old English: Evidence from Translation”. 2nd Annual High Desert Linguistics Conference. High Desert Linguistics Conference. (1999)
“The Role of Frequency in the Specialization of the Have Auxiliary in English”. The Symposium on Frequency Effects and Emergent Grammar. (1999)
“The Stability of Grammatical Categories in the Repeated Process of Grammaticization”. The International Symposium on Grammaticalization. (1999)
“The Development of the Remote Past in the Languages of the World”. The 1st Annual High Desert Linguistics Conference. High Desert Linguistics Conference. (1998)
“The Stability of Grammatical Categories during Grammaticization”. Meiji Gakuin University. (1998)
“The Lexical Approach and American Film”. The Annual Meeting of TESOL. TESOL. (1997)
“The Virtual Intensive English Program”. The Annual Meeting of TESOL. TESOL. (1997)