As a linguist, my interests are in the area of lexical semantics.
- My dissertation (1997, Northwestern University) is entitled Antonymy and Semantic Range in English. It focuses on the question of what makes two words antonyms, e.g., why large is paired with small but not with little. It is available on-line here.
- I have also done some work on antonymy in Japanese as part of a cross-linguistic project on antonymy with The Comparative Lexical Relations Group. , resulting in one publication (so far): Muehleisen, Victoria and Maho Isono. 2009. Antonymous adjectives in Japanese discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 41: 1, 2185-2203 .
The use of corpora in the study of the lexicon.
- This is an old interest which I'd like to get back to some day. At the 1997 International Cognitive Linguistics Conference in Amsterdam, I did a poster presentation on the ways the adjectives "hard" and "soft" have been extended to a wide range of uses. I'd like to return to this topic again some time using historic corpus data.
As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I also have interests in applied linguistics.
- I have been working on creating a fairly large corpus of learner English, called the SILS Learner Corpus, and I've just started using it to look at students' written language. For more information, see:
Cross-cultural and bilingual exchanges
- For the past decade my students have worked with classes in the the U.S. (in Utah, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Kansas), in Taiwan, in Malaysia, and in Korea. These exchanges have involved various combinations of the following: e-mail exchange, video-conferencing, teleconferencing, blogging, and the exchange of student-made videos.
- The longest running (and on-going) exchange has been with students of Japanese at the University of Colorado at Boulder, taught by Prof. Hideko Shimizu. We made two conference presentations on this project in 2006:
- Enhancing Communication and Cultural Understanding Among JFL Learners. A presentation with Hideko Shimizu of the University of Colorado at Boulder, at the International Conference on Japanese Language EducationANew York. August 5, 2006. (The PowerPoint is available on-line here.)
- Creating a Community through Asynchronous Communication: Blogging vs. E-mail. A presentation with Hideko Shimizu of the University of Colorado at Boulder, at the PPth Conference of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, Kangwon National Chuncheon, South KoreaDPublished on-line in on-line at the Proceedings of the 11th Conference of PAAL.
From fall 2010, we are planning a project using Facebook for student interaction.