Curriculum Vitae

Robert LaBarge
2332 E. Grandview Cir.
Mesa, AZ 85213

(480) 216-7185

robert@robertlabarge

robert.labarge@gmail.com
EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in English, 2016, Arizona State University.

Research and teaching interests: grammar and syntax, professional writing, rhetoric and composition, historical linguistics, applied linguistics, philosophy of linguistics, pedagogy, biology of language and communication.

Dissertation: Errors and Buffers: Essays in the Economics of Syntactic Rearrangement.

Committee:
Dr. Elly van Gelderen, dissertation supervisor (Dept. of English – Linguistics)
Dr. David Ingram (Dept. of Speech and Hearing Sciences)
Dr. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (Depts. of Psychology and Linguistics – University of Arizona)

  • M.A. in English (General Linguistics), 2009, Arizona State University.

Thesis: The Determiner Phrase Hypothesis and its Application to Syntactic Structures in Classical Sanskrit. Committee: Elly van Gelderen (chair), Don L.F. Nilsen, Karen L. Adams.

  • B.A. in Asian Languages: Chinese, 2005, Arizona State University. Additional Certificate in Asian Studies through ASU’s Center for Asian Research.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Arizona State University – Writing Programs

  • Writing for the Professions (1 section). Sole instructor. (ENG 301).
  • Advanced First Year Composition (2 sections). Sole instructor. (ENG 105).
  • First Year Composition (Second Semester) (2 sections). Sole instructor. (ENG 102).
  • First Year Composition (Second Semester) (1 section). Pilot hybrid (Internet/face-to-face/Studio workshop) program. Sole instructor/workshop co-instructor. A joint project between ASU’s Writing Programs and the federal government’s Teaching Foundations Project. (ENG 102).
  • First Year Composition (First Semester) (1 section). Pilot hybrid (Internet/face-to-face/Studio workshop) program. Sole instructor/workshop co-instructor. A joint project between ASU’s Writing Programs and the federal government’s Teaching Foundations Project. (ENG 101).
  • First Year Composition (First Semester) (1 section). Sole instructor. (ENG 101).

Arizona State University – American English and Culture Program (AECP) (TESOL classes)

  • Special Topics – Technical Writing and Research Methods (1 section). Sole instructor.
  • Advanced 1 Grammar (1 section). Sole instructor.
  • Advanced 1 Reading/Writing (1 section). Sole instructor.
  • Intermediate 2 Grammar (1 section). Sole instructor.

Arizona State University – Department of English (Linguistics)

  • Introduction to Linguistics (1 section). Sole instructor. Graduate level course. (LIN 510).
  • The Life and Death of Languages (2 sections). Sole instructor. Special topics online course. Introduction to the natural history of language. (ENG 394).
  • Modern Grammar (1 section). T.A. for Elly van Gelderen. Introduction to basic X-bar syntax. (ENG 314).
  • English Grammar and Usage (1 section). Sole instructor. Syntactic theory and methodology. (ENG 214).
  • Introduction to the Study of Language (2 sections). Sole instructor. A basic introduction to phonetics and phonology, morphology, lexicology, semantics, and syntax, among other topics. (ENG 213).

Contemporary Chinese School of Arizona (Heritage school)

  • English Writing I (9 sections). Sole instructor.
  • English Writing II (2 sections). Sole instructor.
  • Math III (1 section). Sole instructor.

South Mountain Community College

  • Fundamentals of Writing (1 section). Sole instructor. (ENG 091).

Research Assistantships

  • Center for Asian Research and Dept. of Languages and Literatures (currently the School of International Letters and Cultures), ASU (Fall 2006 – Spring 2007).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • “Errors and Buffers: Labeling and Syntactic Change”. Invited speech at University of Arizona. 2016, 1 Apr. Talk.
  • “Labeling Algorithm Failures as Motivation for Syntactic Generation”. Arizona Linguistics Circle 9, University of Arizona, Tucson. 2015, 8 Nov.
  • “On Chomsky’s Third Factor”. 21st Annual Graduate Linguistics Symposium, ASU. 2015, 28 Feb.
  • “The Grammaticalization of .i̯og / .i̯äu / yào in Chinese (要之語法化)”. High Desert Linguistics Society 11, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. 2014, 13 Nov.
  • “Third-Factor Grammaticalization and Demonstrative Sources for DPs”. Arizona Linguistics Circle 8, University of Arizona, Tucson. 2014, 03 Oct.
  • “On H. M. Bracken’s Mind and Language: How Rationalist Thought Can Inform the Composition Classroom”. ASU Composition Conference. 2013, 23 Mar.
  • “vP-shell, Theta Structure, and U.G. Implications in Kannada”. 19th Annual Graduate Linguistics and TESOL Symposium, ASU. 2013, 01 Mar.
  • “Does Culture Matter?: U.G. and the Nature of Evidence in Linguistics”. 18th Annual Southwest English Symposium, ASU. 2013, 15 Feb.
  • “Chomsky, Searle, and the Rationalist Tradition: Are There Issues of Philosophical Compatibility?” 18th Annual Graduate Linguistics and TESOL Symposium, ASU. 2012, 31 Mar.
  • “Free Speech in the Composition Classroom: A Rationalist and Linguistic Perspective”. ASU Composition Conference. 2012, 03 Mar.
  • “Breaking from Prescription in Revision and Discovery Processes: Advocating the Teaching of General Linguistic Theory to First-Year Composition Students”. TYCA-West 2011, Mesa Community College. 2011, 08 Oct.
  • “Parallel Sources in Chomskyan Political and Linguistic Philosophy”. 17th Annual Graduate Linguistics and TESOL Symposium, ASU. 2011, 01 Apr.
  • “Genitives in Sanskrit and English”. 15th Annual Graduate Linguistics and TESOL Symposium, ASU. 2009, 06 Mar.
  • “A Minimalist Approach to Determiner Phrase Structures in Classical Sanskrit”. 2008-2009 Linguistics Talk Series, School of International Letters and Cultures, ASU. 2008, 31 Oct.
  • “No Peace Without War: A Lexical and General Semantic Analysis of Binary Concepts”. 1st Annual Symposium on the Rhetoric of Peace, The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, ASU. 2008, 11 Apr.
  • “No Peace Without War: A Lexical and General Semantic Analysis of Binary Concepts”. Center for Asian Research Brown Bag Lecture Series, ASU. 2008, 08 Apr.

PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters

  • (in press) “Hybrid Mega-Course with Optional Studio: Responding Responsibly to an Administrative Mandate” (co-authored with C. Santana and S. Rose). In Mark Sutton and Sally Chandler, (eds.), Innovative Developments in Writing Studio Practice.
  • (2016) “The Grammaticalization of 要 Yào: The Future Cycle from Archaic Chinese to Modern Mandarin”. In E. van Gelderen, (ed.), Cyclical Change Continued.

Articles

  • (in prep). “The Idioglossia of Lisa Gerrard: A Syntactic and Cultural Analysis”.

Edited Volumes

  • (2012). Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. Sole editor. Somerville (MA): Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

Book Reviews

  • (2013). “A Review of Kasper Boye’s Epistemic Meaning”. Linguist List.
  • (2012). “A Review of Marlies Kluck’s Sentence Amalgamation”. Linguist List.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Linguistics representative, Graduate Scholars of English Association, ASU, 2014-2015.
  • Committee member, 21st Annual Graduate Linguistics and TESOL Symposium, ASU, 2014.
  • Committee member / linguistics representative. 18th Annual Southwest English Symposium, ASU, 2013.
  • Session chair – “Movement I”. West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, ASU, 2013.
  • Conference co-chair. 18th Annual Graduate Linguistics and TESOL Symposium, ASU, 2012.
  • Session chair – “Syntax”. 17th Annual Graduate Linguistics and TESOL Symposium, ASU, 2011.
  • Session chair – “L2 acquisition”; committee member. 15th Annual Grad. Linguistics and TESOL Symposium, ASU, 2009.
  • Committee member. 14th Annual Graduate Linguistics and TESOL Symposium, ASU, 2008.

AWARDS

  • 2013: Carl C. Carlie Linguistics Fellowship, Arizona State University. $500 presented to outstanding graduate students in the field of linguistics.
  • 2012: Graduate Scholars of English Association Critical Writing Award, linguistics. Award presented for Best Linguistics Paper: “Chomsky, Searle, and the Rationalist Tradition: Are There Issues of Philosophical Compatibility?”

 

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