Mark LeTourneau

Dr. Mark LeTourneau, Professor of English

Office:  Elizabeth Hall 243
Phone: 801-626-6386


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.