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Messy Research in Applied Linguistics at AAAL 2017 (Portland)

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PANEL AT AAAL  March 18-21, 2017

Methodological realities, problems and honest reporting when social research goes awry

Join Heath Rose and Jim McKinley and a host of other experts at the AAAL 2017 in Portland where they will be discussing the messy reality of conducting research in applied linguistics.

Much published research in applied linguistics presents research methodology as an uncompromising process, where problems are preempted in precise research design. However, applied linguistics research is often messy, especially when studies bridge other disciplines in the social sciences. This colloquium showcases some of the methodological problems encountered in research projects that, despite obstacles, were eventually successfully published in applied linguistics journals. Each speaker reports on a ‘messy’ component of a previous project, outlining the steps involved in negotiating this problem. They bring the methodological obstacles to the forefront, to illustrate situations where applied linguists need to adapt their research methods in situ. The colloquium aims to provide novice and experienced researchers alike with an overview of the realities of doing interdisciplinary social research in applied linguistics and offers advice on overcoming similar methodological problems.

The contributors participating on the colloquium panel are:

  • Dr. Christine Pearson Casanave
  • Dr. Xuesong (Andy) Gao
  • Prof. John Hedgcock
  • Dr. Heekyeong Lee
  • Dr. Jim McKinley
  • Dr. Hanako Okada
  • Dr. Simone Pfenninger
  • Dr. Matthew T. Prior <– yup, that’s me!
  • Dr. Heath Rose
  • Prof. David Singleton
  • Dr. Mary Jane Curry, as discussant

Hope to see you there!

New Edited Volume is out!

pbns_266_hbI’ve been so slow in updating this website, so a few of these updates are long overdue!

The edited volume, Emotion in Multilingual Interaction, was published by Benjamins in late October. Finally!!!!  This was a long time coming. A lot of labor and love (and some tears) went into this one!

Here’s the Publisher’s Link

We’ve got a great line-up of chapters on a range of languages and contexts. I hope you’ll check it out!


Interview Featured on the ASU Now Website

An interview with ASU reporter Emma Greguska just appeared on the ASU Now website. It talks a bit about my work and my interests in emotion and L2 narrative research.

I’m on the QuAFE (Qualitative Approaches to Affect, Feelings and Emotions) blog!

The cool folks at the interdisciplinary QuAFE network invited me to share background about my book on their blog. Here’s the link.

Special Issue on Represented Talk is out in the journal Text & Talk

Just in time for the holidays! This one was definitely a long labor of love, but worth it. What an honor to work with so many fantastic researchers.

Text & Talk

s18607349An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

Ed. by Sarangi, Srikant

Volume 35, Issue 6 (Dec 2015)
Link here.
  • Special Issue: Represented Talk Across Activities and Languages
  • Guest Editors: Matthew T. Prior and Gabriele Kasper


  • Matthew T. Prior – Introduction: Represented talk across activities and languages 695
  • Trine Heinemann and Johannes Wagner Recalibrating the context for reported speech and thought 707
  • Hanh thi Nguyen Source marking in represented talk and thought in Vietnamese narratives 731
  • Mary Shin Kim Reconstructing misinterpretation and misrepresentation through represented talk in Korean conversation 759
  • Evelyne Berger and Simona Pekarek Doehler Direct reported speech in storytellings: Enacting and negotiating epistemic entitlements 789
  • Gabriele Kasper and Matthew T. Prior “You said that?”: Other-initiations of repair addressed to represented talk 815
  • Toshiaki Furukawa Localizing humor through parodying white voice in Hawai‘i stand-up comedy 845
  • Eric Hauser Commentary: RT and the dramatization of everyday life 871

The book is officially out!

coverThe book is now officially out! (Yeah, more self-promotion–but I can’t help it.)

  • Here’s a post on the publisher’s blog with some additional author description of the book:

  • Link to publisher’s website here.
  • Amazon link here.
  • Google Books link here.


The book is coming! Emotion and Discourse in L2 Narrative Research

Emotion and Discourse in L2 Narrative Research is almost out! Scheduled 11/15 release!  Here’s a link to order a discounted advance copyOrder form

Please circulate it among interested students and colleagues.

I am so excited about this publication. It has been a labor of love and a long time coming. You can read the blurb below. I just saw that it received endorsements from some outstanding scholars whose work I absolutely admire: Kathryn Roulston (University of Georgia, Athens, USA), Bethan Benwell (University of Stirling, UK), and Alexandra Georgakopoulou-Nunes (King’s College London, UK). Wow!!!

I think the dance of joy is definitely in order.

Roulston’s book on Reflective Interviewing, Benwell’s book on Discourse and Identity and edited volume on masculinity, and Georgakopoulou’s single-authored and co-authored works on narrative are my favorites—and highly recommended for teachers, students, and researchers interested in qualitative research methods, discourse analysis, narrative, and identity!



This interdisciplinary book explores the interactional construction and management of emotionality in second language autobiographical interview research. By advancing a discursive constructionist approach, it offers a timely methodological and interaction-based perspective that examines how emotionality is collaboratively managed as both topic and resource within the institutional and interpersonal business of qualitative research. The book weaves together discussions based on first and second language literature as well as original research with adult immigrants from Southeast Asia living in the US and Canada. This book will be of interest to those researching second and foreign language studies, applied linguistics and related bilingual and multilingual research, as well as those interested in qualitative research methods and emotion.

Note: My unofficial tease is that it is probably the only book in applied linguistics and discourse analysis that covers narrative interviews, emotionality, reflexivity, the Bee Gees, discrimination, swear words, negativity, and the erotic aspects of research.

Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award

I am honored and excited  to learn that I am a recipient of the 2014-2015  Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award. I will be even recognized at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Convocation Ceremony on May 12, 2015.

According to the university, “This award recognizes quality teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and was established in memory of Zebulon Pearce who graduated from Territorial Normal School at Tempe (now ASU) with teacher’s credentials in 1899.” Here’s some more information on the amazing Zebulon “Zeb” Pearce and the Pearce Family Foundation. Zeb now has his own statue in Mesa. I’ll definitely have to visit and thank him personally.


Not only am I honored to be able to represent the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I have the opportunity to bring attention to the dedicated faculty and outstanding students in the Department of English. By the way, ASU is named among the top 10 schools for international students and one of the nation’s best for undergraduate education.

ASU’s eight design aspirations help shape how we teach and connect locally and globally:

  1. Leverage Our Place: ASU embraces its culture, socioeconomic and physical setting.
  2. Enable Student Success: ASU is committed to the success of each unique student.
  3. Transform Society: ASU catalyzes social change by being connected to social needs.
  4. Fuse Intellectual Disciplines: ASU creates knowledge by transcending academic disciplines.
  5. Value Entrepreneurship: ASU uses its knowledge and encourages innovation.
  6. Be Socially Embedded: ASU connects with communities through mutually beneficial partnerships.
  7. Conduct Use-Inspired Research: ASU research has purpose and impact.
  8. Engage Globally: ASU engages with people and issues locally, nationally and internationally.

Silverman (2015): Interpreting Qualitative Data

Run out and buy Silverman’s new edition (5th ed.) of Interpreting Qualitative Data.


Not only is it a great book, I just found out he cites my 2014 article. YES!!!!

(Here’s a clip. Check out his book for the whole thing. Or better yet, read the article in Qualitative Inquiry.)

Prior in Silverman 2015