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Matthew Prior

Director of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography: 

Matthew T. Prior is an associate professor in the Department of English (linguistics, applied linguistics, TESOL), a Barrett Honors faculty member, and affiliated faculty with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. He holds a doctorate in second language acquisition from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He also has degrees in music, TESOL, and speech and hearing sciences. Courses he teaches include qualitative methods, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, TESOL, second language acquisition, and professional development.

Much of his recent research is concerned with the relationship between language and emotion and the interactional construction and management of mental health and well-being. He is also interested in the links between multilingualism and dementia. Informing his work is social interaction through the lens of conversation analysis, discursive psychology, membership categorization, and formulation analysis; narrative and discursive-constructionist approaches to identityethnographic approaches; socio-psychological dimensions of second language learning and use; and methodographic analysis and critique of interview and qualitative research practices. 

His publications on emotion, discourse, identity, narrative, transcultural belonging, mental health, multilingualism, represented talk and thought, discourse analysis, language teachingqualitative methods, and other topics have appeared in international journals such as Applied Linguistics, Qualitative Inquiry, Applied Linguistics Review, TESOL Quarterly, TEXT & TALK, The Modern Language Journal, Journal of Pragmatics, Pragmatics and Society, and volumes for De Gruyter Mouton, Benjamins, and Routledge. He is author of "Emotion and Discourse in L2 Narrative Research" (Multilingual Matters, 2016), and co-editor of the volume "Emotion in Multilingual Interaction" (Benjamins, 2016).

He served as an editorial assistant for Applied Linguistics (2005-2008), managing editor for Language Learning & Technology (2008-2010), and chief editor of the Selected Proceedings of the 2008 Second Language Research Forum (Cascadilla Press).

Three primary objectives drive his approach to teaching: (a) to inspire and motivate students, (b) to encourage and engage with alternative ways of learning and knowing, and (c) to cultivate professional development and social action.

 

Education: 

Ph.D. Second Language Acquisition, University of Hawai‘i-Manoa

M.A. Second Language Acquisition, University of Hawai‘i-Manoa

B.S. Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

B.A. Music, Eastern Washington University

 

 

 

 

Research Interests: 

Applied linguistics; TESOL; language and emotion; socio-psychological dimensions of language learning and use; multilingualism and identity; discourse analysis ( narrative, discursive constructionism, talk-in-interaction, conversation analysis, discursive psychology, membership categorization analysis, formulation and occasioned semantics); qualitative methods;  critical pedagogy; transnational and immigrant contexts; language, gender, and sexuality.

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 520Second-Lang Acquisition Theory
APL 555Disciplinary Discourses
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 516Pragmatics/Discourse Analysis
APL 601Intro to Applied Linguistcs
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 520Second-Lang Acquisition Theory
APL 555Disciplinary Discourses
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
APL 601Intro to Applied Linguistcs
LIN 616Adv Studies Discourse Analysis
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 501Approaches to Research
LIN 520Second-Lang Acquisition Theory
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 501Approaches to Research
APL 601Intro to Applied Linguistcs
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 520Second-Lang Acquisition Theory
LIN 616Adv Studies Discourse Analysis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 312English in its Social Setting
APL 601Intro to Applied Linguistcs
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 500Research Methods
APL 601Intro to Applied Linguistcs