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Robert Englebretson
Associate Professor
Associate Professor in Linguistics
 
e-mail:reng@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. Linguistics (2000) U.C. Santa Barbara
  • M.A. Linguistics (1996) U.C. Santa Barbara
  • B.A. German Studies / Linguistics (1992) U.C. Santa Barbara
 
Primary Department
   Department of Linguistics
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Cognitive Sciences Program
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    Research Areas
     discourse and grammar; functional linguistics; morphosyntax; sociolinguistics; Indonesian; conversational English; discourse transcription; Braille.
     
    Teaching Areas
     Discourse; Transcription/Analysis; Discourse and Grammar; Conversation Analysis; Linguistic Analysis/Morphosyntax; General Linguistics; Research Methodologies/Linguistic theories; Field Methods; Braille
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Englebretson, Robert "An overview of IPA Braille: an updated tactile representation of the International Phonetic Alphabet." Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 39 (2009) : 67-86.

     
     

    Englebretson, Robert "From Subordinate Clause to Noun-Phrase: Yang Constructions in Colloquial Indonesian." Crosslinguistic Studies of Clause Combining: the Multifunctionality of Conjunctions (2008) : 1-33.

     
     Articles
     

    Englebretson, Robert & Marja-Liisa Helasvuo "Editors' Introduction; Discourse participants in interaction: Cross-linguistic perspectives on subject expression and ellipsis." Journal of Pragmatics, 63 (2014/March) In Press

     
     

    Englebretson, Robert "Functional Linguistics." Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences (2010)

     
     Books
     

    Englebretson, R. "Searching for structure: the problem of complementation in colloquial Indonesian conversation." Studies in Discourse and Grammar, 13 (2003) In Press

     
     Editor of books
     

    Englebretson, Robert & Marja-Liisa Helasvuo "Discourse participants in interaction: Cross-linguistic perspectives on subject expression and ellipsis." Journal of Pragmatics [special issue], 63 (2014/March) In Press

     
     

    Englebretson, Robert (Ed.) "Stancetaking in discourse: subjectivity, evaluation, interaction [Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 164]."  (2007)

     
     

    Englebretson, Robert and Carol Genetti (Eds.) "Proceedings from the workshop on Sinhala linguistics.." Santa Barbara Papers in Linguistics, 17 (2006)

     
     Book chapters
     

    Englebretson, Robert. 2013. “Indonesian”. In Carol Genetti (ed), How Languages Work: An Introduction to Language and Linguistics, 551-566. New York: Cambridge University Press.

     
     

    Englebretson, Robert "Grammatical resources for social purposes: some aspects of stancetaking in colloquial Indonesian conversation.." Stancetaking in discourse: Subjectivity, evaluation, interaction [Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 164] (2007) : 69-110.

     
     

    Englebretson, Robert "Stancetaking in discourse: an introduction." Stancetaking in discourse: Subjectivity, evaluation, interaction (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 164] (2007) : 1-25.

     
     Book reviews
     

    Englebretson, Robert "Review of Thomas E. Payne: Exploring Language Structure." Language, 84 (2008) : 658-661.

     
     Conference papers
     

    Englebretson, Robert. 2013. “Braille and the IPA: Empowering careers in the language sciences”. The Braille Monitor, 56: 2, (February 2013).

     
     Other
     

    Englebretson, Robert (Ed.), with  Mũringo Wa-Ngatho (Language Consultant) "A Basic Sketch Grammar of Gĩkũyũ." Rice Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 6, Special Issue.


    http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~reng/kik
     
     

    Englebretson, Robert "IPA Braille: An Updated Tactile Representation of the International Phonetic Alphabet (2 vol.s)."  (2008)

     
     

    Du Bois, John W. and Robert Englebretson "Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English, Vol. Iv.."  (Sept. 20, 2005)

     
     

    Du Bois, John W. and Robert Englebretson "Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English, Vol. III.."  (2004)

     
     

    Du Bois, John W. and Robert Englebretson (eds.) "Santa Barbara Corpus of Spoken American English, Part III."  (2004) In Press

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    "'Where do Chinese people store their money?': The Social Construction of an Indonesian Ethnic Stereotype through a Small Story." New Ways of Analyzing Variation Asia-Pacific, University of Delhi, India. (Feb. 25, 2011)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Between Interaction and Identity: The Social Construction of an Indonesian Ethnic Stereotype through a Small Story." Dept. of Computer Science colloquium, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland., Maynooth, Ireland.. (May 27, 2013)

     
     

    "Sublexical Units in Braille Reading: Outlining a New Research Program." Linguistic and interactional units in everyday speech: Cross-linguistic perspectives. University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada.. (June 22, 2013)

     
     

    "Panel Introduction: The Pragmatics of Subject Ellipsis and Expression from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective." 12th International Pragmatics Conference, Manchester, UK. (July 4, 2011)

     
     

    "Bridging the Boundaries: How Braille and Cognitive Science Research Can Inform Each Other, and Why We Should Listen." Research in the Rockies: Research Summit on Braille Reading and Writing, Denver, CO. (June 11, 2010)

     
     

    "Access Challenges and Solutions for Blind Academics." Panel on Universal Design (organized by Fondren Library Accessibility Committee), Rice University. (Oct. 27, 2009) With Adam Schmidt, Baylor College of Medicine

     
     

    "Ellipsis and Subordination in Colloquial Indonesian Conversation." 11th International Pragmatics Conference, Melbourne, Australia. (July 16, 2009)

     
     

    "'Relative Clauses?' In Colloquial Indonesian Conversation." Linguistics Colloquium Series, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo. (April 25)

     
     

    "Collecting and Working with Conversational Data." New Ways of Analyzing Variation 37, Rice University. (November 6)

     
     

    "Grammar as Social Commodity: Two Case Studies from Colloquial Indonesian Conversation." Linguistics Colloquium Series, University of Rochester., University of Rochester. (April 24)

     
     

    "Person reference and ellipsis in colloquial Indonesian conversation." Symposium on Subject Expression and Ellipsis. University of Turku, Finland., University of Turku, Finland.. (March 28)

     
     

    "¿He wants to know how you say hi to a horse¿: Dialogic and interactional implications of English embedded wh-questions." Linguistics Colloquium Series, University of Helsinki, Finland, University of Helsinki, Finland. (April 3)

     
     

    "Braille, linguistics, and the IPA: a practical and theoretical overview." UCSB Dept. of Linguistics Colloquium Series, University of California Santa Barbara. (May 25, 2006)

     
     

    "Social coordination in action: clause-final 'either' and 'too' in American English conversation." Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language 8, University of California San Diego. (November 5, 2006)

     
     

    "Transcribing across languages." Transcribing Now: Means and Meanings in the Transcription of Spoken Interaction., UCSB. (May 15, 2005)

     
     

    "¿He wants to know how you say hi to a horse¿: Dialogic and interactional implications of English embedded wh-questions." Linguistics Colloquium Series, Dept. of Linguistics, UCSB. (October 20, 2005)

     
     

    "General resources for specific purposes: some aspects of stancetaking in colloquial Indonesian conversation." Tenth Biennial Rice Linguistics Symposium., Rice University. (April 2004)

     
     

    "Negotiating self-reference in colloquial Indonesian conversation." Ninth Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Culture, UCSB/UCLA. (May 2003)

     
     

    "Verb serialization in colloquial Indonesian conversation: a corpus-based study." Seventh International Symposium on Malay/ Indonesian Linguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. (June 2003)

     
     

    "An emergent approach to epistemic -nya constructions in colloquial Indonesian conversation." 2nd International Conference on Construction Grammar, University of Helsinki, Finland. (September 2002)

     
     

    "English adjectives revisited: what discourse can tell us about grammar." Dept. of Linguistics Colloquium Series, Rice University. (January 2002)

     
     

    "Towards an interactional semantics: evidence from visual language and the blind." Dept. of Linguistics Colloquium Series, Rice University. (November 2002)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "The Social Construction of an Ethnic Stereotype in Indonesia: Evidence from a Small Story." 4th Biennial Meeting of the Rice Linguistics Society, Rice University. (Feb. 5, 2011)

     
     Lectures
     

    "Researching Grammar in Social Interaction." NTU/Rice Linguistics Workshop, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. (March 3)

     
     

    "The Emergence of Grammar in Conversation." Glasscock School of Continuing Studies (course #522J, The Year¿s Best: 2007 Rice University Teaching Award Winners)., Rice University. (February 18)

     
     

    ""Prior Texts"." Linguistics 130, UCSB. (July 21, 2003)

     
     

    "Searching for complements in colloquial Indonesian conversation." Linguistics 238, University of California at Santa Barbara. (May 2002)

     
     Other
     

    Invited lecturer for a week-long course..  "Lectures on Interactional Linguistics." Langnet Course (Finnish national graduate program in linguistics). , University of Turku, Finland. (March 2-5, 2010)

     
     

    "Complementizers in context: a case study of bahwa in contemporary spoken Indonesian.." Austronesian forum, University of Melbourne, Australia. (May 2001)

     
     

    "Discourse Data Session." Latrobe University, discourse discussion group, Melbourne, Australia. (May 2001)

     
     

    "Ideologies in interaction: evidence from metalinguistic comments in Indonesian conversation." Dept. of Linguistics Colloquium, Rice University. (September 2001)

     
     

    "In search of Indonesian complements: non-evidence from juxtaposed clauses." Symposium on Functional Approaches to Grammar. LSA Summer Institute, U.C. Santa Barbara. (July 2001)

     
     

    "Reflexive language in interaction: metalinguistic comments in Indonesian conversation." Seventh Annual Conference on Language, Interaction, and Culture, UCSB/UCLA. (May 2001)

     
     

    "Complementizers in context: a case study of 'bahwa' in contemporary spoken Indonesian." Linguistics Colloquium, Rice University. (September 14, 2000)

     
     Panelist
     

    "The Frontiers of Braille Research: A Reader’s Perspective." The 20th Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. (July 11, 2013)

     
     

    "Blind Browsing: A First-Person Account of Web Access Using a Screen Reader." Workshop on Web Accessibility, UC Santa Barbara.. (August 6, 2010)

     
     

    Invited discussant.  "Commentary on "The Linguists"." United Nations Film Festival, Rice University. (Nov. 8, 2009)

     
     

    "Transcription in the Field: Transcribing Discourse across Languages." Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (January 7, 2006)

     
     

    Presentation.  "From subordinate clause to noun-phrase: yang constructions in colloquial Indonesian." Ninth International Pragmatics Conference, Riva Del Garda, Italy. (July 15, 2005)

     
     Workshops
     

    Pannel organizer.  "Beyond Pro-Drop: The Pragmatics of Subject Ellipsis and Expression from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective." 12th International Pragmatics Conference, Manchester, UK. (July 4, 2011) With Marja-Liisa Helasvuo (U of Turku, Finland)

     
     

    "Data Session: 1st-Person Reference and Ellipsis In Colloquial Indonesian.." Humanities Research Center Faculty Fellows Brown Bag Series, Rice University. (April 17)

     
     

    "Metalinguistic comments as systematic knowledge." Conversation Analysis Data Session, University of Helsinki, Finland. (April 4)

     
     

    "Workshop on transcribing spoken interaction." Dept. of English, University of Oulu, Finland, University of Oulu, Finland. (March 31 - April 1)

     
     

    Workshop Co-Organizer.  "Workshop on Sinhala Linguistics." UCSB. (June 3-4, 2005) With Genetti, Carol

     
     

    Symposium Organizer.  "Tenth Biennial Rice Linguistics Symposium." Rice University.

     
     

    " Field recording equipment." Technology and Professional Development Workshop Series, Rice University, Dept. of Linguistics. (April 1, 2003)

     
     

    "Microsoft Word for Linguists." Dept. of Linguistics, Technology and Professional Development Workshop Series, Rice University. (October 2002)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editor for Special Issue, Journal of Pragmatics. Elsevier. (2013 - 2013)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Laura Matzen, B.A. (Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program, Senior Honors Thesis) Discourse Markers and Prosody: A Case Study of 'so'. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Alexis Grant, B.A. (Senior Honors Thesis) Politeness Strategies in Hierarchical Online Communities: A Case Study of the LiveJournal User Documentation Community. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Michelle Morrison, Ph.D. A Reference Grammar of Bena. (2011) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Jennifer Hoecker, MA Not Quite Your Grandmother’s Jam: Place, Time, and Identity in Constructing a Home-Canning Community of Practice. (2011) (Thesis Director)

     Ann Olivo, Ph.D. The Strong Island Sound: Sociolinguistic evidence for emerging American ethnicities.. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Chelsea McCracken, Ph.D. A Grammar of Pulu Belep. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Sarah Lee, Ph.D. Code Selection in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: What it Tells us about Language Use in a Multilingual Contact Ecology. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Ann Marie Olivo, Ph.D. The Strong Island Sound: Sociolinguistic Evidence for Emerging American Ethnic Identities. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

     John Galindo, M.A. The Effect of Linguistic Background on the Perception of Pitch Contour. (2014) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Sarah A. Burnett Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences, Rice University School of Social Sciences (May 2015)

     George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (May 2010)

     Collaborative Research Fellowship, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (Spring 2008)

     Collaborative Research Fellowship, Humanities Research Center (2007-2008)

     Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of Texas (May 2007)