Elizabeth Riddle

Elizabeth Riddle

Professor of English


Room:RB 297

My Ph.D. is in Linguistics, which I have taught at Ball State since 1982. My major research interests revolve around the connections between linguistic form, meaning, and function in discourse, the contrast between literal vs. figurative and indirect meaning, and how nonlinguistic knowledge affects choices of linguistic form and information structuring. I have worked on tense and aspect, NP form, subordination, morphology, and speech acts, among others. The primary languages I work on are English and Hmong, with comparisons to other languages, ranging from the highly inflected Polish to the highly analytic Thai. Another of my interests is creating bridges between linguistics and other fields, such as English studies and the teaching of foreign languages.

Areas of Specialization:

Pragmatics, Discourse-based Syntax and Semantics, Lexical Semantics, Structure of English, Typology, TESOL, Teaching of Southeast Asian Languages, Structure of Hmong.


: Meaning and Structure in English, Contrastive Analysis, Linguistics and the Study of English; History of English, Introduction to Linguistics.
Undergraduate: Language and Society

Elizabeth Riddle's curriculum vitae