Mark LeTourneau

Dr. Mark LeTourneau, Professor of English



Ph.D., English Linguistics, Purdue University, 1986
M. A., English, Purdue University, 1979
B. A., English University of Vermont, 1977

Courses Taught at Weber State University:

ENGL 1010 College Writing 1
ENGL 2010 College Writing 2
ENGL 2220 Introduction to Fiction
ENGL 2200 Introduction to Literature
ENGL 2830 Directed Reading: Arabic (Fall 2003)
ENGL 2830 Directed Reading: Old Norse (Spring 2007)
ENGL 3010 Introduction to Linguistics
ENGL 3020 Introduction to the Study of Language for Teachers
ENGL 3030 Structure of English
ENGL 3040 History of the English Language
ENGL 3050 Grammar, Style, and Usage for Advanced Writing
ENGL 3210 Advanced College Writing
ENGL 3740 Literature of the Sacred: The Bible as Literature
HON 3900 The Bible as Literature
ENGL 0324 Advanced Grammar 
LING 4990 Centering Experience  
MENG 6330 Literary and Rhetorical Stylistics
MENG 6420 Syntax and Phonology for ESL Teachers
MENG 6830 Directed Reading: The Reformation (Summer 2008)

Courses (Co)Developed:
ENGL 3050 Grammar, Style, and Usage for Advanced Writing
MENG 6310 Language and Linguistics for Teachers
MENG 6330 Literary and Rhetorical Stylistics

Guest Lectures:

  • Universal grammar: What’s in Nate? Nous, WSU Philosophy Club, 30 September 2011.
  • The Arabic language. ENGL 3730 Woman Writers of the Middle East, Dr. Kathleen Herndon: 27 January 1997, February 1998, February 1999, 26 September 2001, 22 September 2004, 2 March 2006, 24 March 2009, 19 January 2010. Georgette LeTourneau, copresenter
  • Lost in translation. Panel on Beowulf for Weber Reads, January 2008, Stewart Library, Special Collections.
  • Shakespeare’s pronunciation: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 03 October 2007, Stewart Library. 
  • Hume’s critique of miracles: A reply. Nous, 9 April 1999.
  • Diglossia in the contemporary Arabic novel. ENGL 373, 2 February 1995, 17 February 1996.
  • Correcting comma errors. ENGL 384 Methods and Practice in Tutoring Writing, Dr. John Schwiebert, 8 November 1994. 
  • The articulatory phonetics of American English. Benjamin Franklin Academy, Salt Lake City, 7 June 1994. Georgette LeTourneau and Jennifer Wilson, copresenters.
  • Types of internal punctuation: Commas and semicolons. ENGL 384, 24 November 1992.
  • Phonological paraphasia: A linguistic analysis. PSY 371 
  • Physiological Psychology, Dr. Merrill May, 16 November 1992.
  • Old English phonology and graphology. ENGL 422, Dr. Tom Burton, 6 May 1992.
  • Strategies for correcting sentence boundary errors. ENGL 384, 18 November 1991.
  • Principles and parameters of universal grammar. ENGL 421, Dr. Clarence Waterfall, 15 November 1990.




2012a    English linguistics: An introduction. Dubuque: Kendall Hunt. 

2012b   Review of Theologies of the Reformation, ed. R. Ward Holder, Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox, 2010.  Anglican and Episcopal History (AEH) 16.98-100. 

2011a    Review of Matthias Flacius Illyricus, How to understand the sacred scriptures, from Clavis Sacræ Scripturæ [The Key to Sacred Scripture], trans. Wade R. Johnston. Saginaw MI: Magdeburg P, 2011. AEH 15:323-25.

2011b   Review of A companion to Paul in the Reformation, ed. R. Ward Holder. Leiden: Brill, 2009. AEH 15.216-18. 

2009a    Subordination. Encyclopedia of Arabic language and linguistics, Vol. IV. Ed. Kees Versteegh. Leiden: Brill, 360-67. 

2009b   Theta roles. Versteegh IV.487-94. 

2009c    X-bar syntax. Versteegh IV.740-49. 

2007     Explaining Levels of Language: From Sentence to Text. Lewiston NY: Edwin Mellen. 

2006     Government. Versteegh II.169-75 

2005     Case theory. Versteegh I.347-53. 

2003a    Text: Abstract object or communicative event? Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters 80:82-92. 

2003b   Feature strength, interpretability, and impoverished agreement in Arabic. Perspectives on Arabic Linguistics (PAL) XV, ed. Dilworth Parkinson, 85-131. Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

2001     English grammar. Fort Worth: Harcourt. 

1998a    Case-checking by morphological causatives in standard Arabic: A minimalist approach. Al-‘Arabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic 31:89-122.  

1998b   Implicit reciprocals in standard Arabic. PAL XI, ed. Elabbas Benmamoun, Mushira Eid, & Niloofar Haeri, 91-113. Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

1997     Underspecification of lexical entries for Arabic verbs. PAL X, ed. Mushira Eid & Robert Ratcliffe, 93-122. Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

1996a    The interaction of causativity and reflexivity in derived Arabic verbs. PAL VIII, ed. Mushira Eid, 99-131. Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

1996b   Text as a linguistic level: Implications for teaching writing. Composition Chronicle: A Newsletter for Writing Teachers 9.7:5-8. [invited submission] 

1995     Internal and external agreement in quantified construct states. PAL VII, ed. Mushira Eid, 29-57. Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

1994     Review of Dialogs of the Word: The Bible as literature according to Bakhtin. Weber Studies 11:1:130-31. 

1993    Case-marking and binding of subject clitics in Arabic complement clauses. PAL V, ed. Mushira Eid and Clive Holes, 260-90. Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

1991     Review of Utopias in conflict: Religion and nationalism in modern India. Weber Studies 8.2:101-02. 

1989     Discourse analysis and tutor training. Illinois Association for Individualized Learning Programs Newsletter no vol.:4. Lee McKenzie, coauthor. [invited submission] 

1988     Audience and situational context in historical perspective. Resources in Education. ERIC, document number ED 293 157. 

1987a    Given and new information from word to text: Principles and strategies for enhancing cohesion. Carleton Papers in Applied Language Studies 4:117-38.  

1987b   General and special topics in the De Baptismo of Tertullian. Rhetorica 5.1.87-105. 

1985a    Typical ESL errors and tutoring strategies. Writing Lab Newsletter  9:5-8. 

1985b   Review of Grammar Mastery: Series A [ESL software]. Writing Lab Newsletter  10:14-15. 

1982     Violations of discourse constraints on transformations in ESL compositions. Discourse analysis: Theory and application. Proceedings of the 2nd National Symposium on Linguistics and English Language Teaching, 224-237. Cairo: Cairo UP. 

  • Review of David C. Steinmetz, Calvin in context, 2nd ed (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010), xvii, 307. To appear in AEH.
  • Review of Dewey D. Wallace, Jr., Shapers of English Calvinism, 1660-1714 (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2011), x, 358. To appear in AEH.

Conference Papers:

  • Feature analysis and person marking in Arabic imperatives. Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA), Snowbird, Utah, 10 October 2009.
  • Semantic selection of complement clauses in Standard Arabic. RMMLA, Reno, Nevada, 09 October 2008.
  • Parameters of topic-focus articulation. Poster, Faculty Forum, WSU 28 October 2008.
  • Sentence and text are not isomorphic. Deseret Language and Linguistics Society (DLLS), Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 18-19 March 2004. Submitted for publication in the conference proceedings.
  • Text: Abstract object or communicative event? Utah Academy of Arts and Sciences, WSU, 11 April 2003.
  • Grammatical categories in ‘anyone lived in a pretty how town.’ RMMLA, Vancouver, British Columbia, 12 October 2001.
  • Feature strength, interpretability, and impoverished agreement. 15th Arabic Linguistics Symposium (ALS), 2-3 March 2001, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
  • Arabic morphological causatives: Numeration and local economy. ALS 12, 6-8 March 1998, University of Illinois-Urbana.
  • Implicit reciprocals and partial agreement in standard Arabic. ALS 11, 28 February-2 March 1997, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Defining boundaries: Text as a linguistic level. Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 27-30 March 1996, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  •  Underspecification of lexical entries for Arabic verbs. ALS 10, 1-2 March 1996, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
  • Minimalism, case-marking, and morphological causatives in standard Arabic. ALS 9, 10-12 March 1995, Georgetown University, Washington, D. C.
  • LF representation of derived causative/reflexive verbs in Arabic. ALS 8, 4-5 March 1994, University of Massachuestts-Amherst.
  • Agreement variation in quantified idaafa constructions. ALS 7, 5-6 March 1993, University of Texas-Austin.
  • Grammatical analysis as a vehicle for critical thinking. Second Writing and Critical Thinking Conference, 24 April 1992, WSU.
  • Binding of subjects in coordinate clauses in Arabic and English. ALS 6, 6-8 March 1992, Ohio State University, Columbus.
  • Case-marking of subjects in Arabic subordinate clauses. ALS 5, 1-2 March 1991, University of Michigan-Ann Arabor.
  • An X-bar analysis of connectives in English. 7th Linguistics Conference, 19-21 March 1990, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan.
  • Empowering peer tutors: Discourse analysis and tutor training. CCCC, 16-18 March 1989, Seattle, Washington. Lee McKenzie, coauthor and copresenter.
  • The feminine marker {-t-} in Cairene colloquial Arabic. ALS 3, 3-4 Mach 1989, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
  • Audience and situational context in historical perspective. CCCC, 17-19 March 1988, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Pragmatic constructs for modeling writers’ inferences about audience knowledge. 7th Annual Composition Conference, 14 March 1987, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
  • The underlying phonological representation of feminine common nouns in colloquial Egyptian Arabic. Purdue Linguistics Group, 9 February 1983, Purdue University.
  • Violations of discourse constraints on transformations in ESL compositions. 2nd National Symposium on Linguistics and English Language Teaching, 30 March-2 April 1982, Cairo University, Egypt. 



Workshop Presentations:

  • Five meanings of grammar. Grammar and Writing, English Department retreat, 24 August 1999, Ogden Conference Center, Ogden, Utah.
  • Assessing competence in writing: Elicitation and response. Teaching Skills Workshop (TIPS), 6 December 1994 and 1995, WSU.
  • Asking questions in class discussion. Organizer and copresenter for departmental in-service, 4 May 1994.
  • Song lyrics as poems. Organizer and copresenter for departmental in-service, 24 January 1992.
  • Teaching English communicatively. Presented to ESL teachers in the English Teaching Program at the American Center, Khartoum, Sudan, 24 October 1989.
  • Writing to learn in the performing arts. Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) workshop copresented with Lee McKenzie, 29 April 1989, WSU.
  • Meeting expectations in the writer-writing assistant encounter. Writing Assistants workshop, 23-24 September 1988, WSU.
  • Writing for nursing students. Session of a faculty retreat for the WSU Department of Nursing, copresented with Lee McKenzie at Park City, Utah, 8 September 1988.
  • Assigning and assessing writing. In-service faculty WAC workshop copresented with other faculty, 25 April 1988, WSU.
  • Coherence and paragraph structure. Departmental retreat, 21 September 1988. 
  • Legitimate and illegitimate expectations of the tutor-tutee relationship. Writing Assistants workshop, 24-25 September 1987, WSU.  
Mark LeTourneau

Ph.D., Purdue University

Office:  Elizabeth Hall 243

Phone:  801.626.6386