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Matthew Prior

Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography

Associate Professor, Department of English 

Departmental AreaApplied Linguistics/Linguistics/TESOL 

Affiliated Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Honors Facuty, Barrett The Honors College

ChairInterdisciplinary Committee on Linguistics (ICOL)

Matthew T. Prior holds a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He teaches courses in qualitative methods, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, TESOL, and second language acquisition.

His interests include social interaction through the lens of conversation analysis, discursive psychology, membership categorization, and formulation analysis; narrative and discursive-constructionist approaches to identity; socio-psychological dimensions of second language learning and use; and close analysis and critique of interview and qualitative research practices. Recently, he has been concerned with the interactional construction and management of emotionality, well-being, and mental health.

His publications on topics including emotion discourse, identity, narrative, transcultural belonging, mental health, and represented talk and thought, discourse analysis, and interview research have appeared in international journals such as Applied LinguisticsQualitative InquiryApplied Linguistics Review, TESOL Quarterly, TEXT & TALK, 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 has served as 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.

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.

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
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 404Studies 2nd Lang Acquisition
LIN 500Research Methods
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 516Pragmatics/Discourse Analysis
LIN 520Second-Lang Acquisition Theory
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 312English in its Social Setting
LIN 500Research Methods
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 404Studies 2nd Lang Acquisition
APL 601Intro to Applied Linguistcs
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 312English in its Social Setting
LIN 516Pragmatics/Discourse Analysis