Neal Norrick
Neal Norrick

Linguistics expert to speak April 3 at UTSA

By Adi Pavlovic
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(March 31, 2006)--The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host a lecture, "A Linguistic Approach to Spoken and Written Instructions in the Classroom," by Neal Norrick, professor and chair of English linguistics at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany.

The lecture is 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, April 3 in Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 3.04.26. The event is free and open to the public, but will be geared to master's and doctoral students.

Norrick went to Saarbrücken, Germany, from Northern Illinois University, where he was a professor of linguistics and director of graduate studies in the Department of English. He has taught English linguistics at Würzburg, Kassel, Hamburg, Braunschweig and Regensburg universities. He received his doctorate in linguistics from Regensburg University.

In the field of linguistics, Norrick has researched conversation, verbal humor, pragmatics, semantics and poetics. In recent years, he has focused on spoken language with particular interest in the role of repetition in discourse and verbal humor.

Norrick has published many articles including essays. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pragmatics, an advisory board of Discourse Processes.

His articles include "Conversational Narratives" and "Conversational Joking: Humor in Everyday Talk." His essays include "The Dark Side of Tellability," "Non-Verbal Humor and Joke Performance" and "Remembering and Forgetfulness in Conversational Narrative."

For more information, e-mail Rosalind Horowitz.

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