1. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  2. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
  3. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  4. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  5. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
Department of English Graduate Programs
Beth Rapp Young

Beth Rapp Young, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literature Program) from University of Southern California (1995)
  • M.A. in English from University of Southern California (1990)
  • B.A. in English from Rollins College (1987)

Research Interests

  • Johnson's Dictionary
  • composition
  • linguistics (particularly corpus linguistics)
  • grammar / usage
  • expert witness 

Selected Publications


  • Young, Beth Rapp. “Prescriptivism, Grammar Checkers, and That vs. Which: How Our Tools Influence Our Rules.” ATEG Journal 24:1 (Summer 2015): 28-43.

  • Young, Beth Rapp. “Using Archival Data to Examine Mandatory Visits.” Academic Exchange Quarterly (Winter 2014). 49-56. [national refereed journal] Reprinted in Sound Instruction: Writing Center Theory and Practice, vol. 4. Ed. Kellie A. Charron. 80-86.

  • Young, Beth Rapp. “The Grammar Voyeur: Using Google to Teach English Grammar to Advanced Undergraduates.”  American Speech 86 (Summer 2011): 247-258. [national refereed journal]

Conference Papers/Presentations

  • Young, Beth Rapp. “Grammar Checkers Enforce Prescriptivism: A That/Which Timeline.” Poster. Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Tampa, 19-21 March, 2015.

  • Young, Beth Rapp. “Using Online Corpora to Research Contemporary Usage.” Digital Pedagogy Poster. CCCC, Tampa, 21 March, 2015.
  • Young, Beth Rapp. “Reviewing the Grammar Cops.” Assembly for Teachers of English Grammar (ATEG) 25th Annual Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, 4 September 2014.
  • Young, Beth Rapp, and Kimberly Murray. “To Require or Not to Require: A Longitudinal Analysis of Student Visits to the Writing Center. National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW), Miami, 5 November 2011.
  • Young, Beth Rapp. Panel Participant. "Tales from the Winner's Circle: Award-winning Online Faculty Discuss the Secrets of Their Success" Sloan-C ALN Conference, Orlando, 9 November 2011.
  • Young, Beth Rapp. “Activities for Teaching Grammar Online.” ATEG 22nd Annual Conference, Largo, MD, 29 July 2011. 
  • Young, Beth Rapp. “Do Errors Matter If We Don’t Notice Them? How Writing Teachers React to Error.” CCCC, Atlanta, 9 April 2011.


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19289 LIN5675 English Grammar and Usage World Wide Web (W) Not Online

Every company has at least one "grammar expert" who picks through prose looking for errors. Your company may even expect you to be that expert. If this prospect makes you nervous, you need this course! This course will teach you the fundamentals of English grammar. You'll also learn the difference between grammatical rules and folklore rules, so that you can safely navigate tricky passages when the rules aren't clear.

By the end of the semester, you will be able to:

* Use grammar terminology correctly

* Analyze the grammatical structure of sentences within English texts, identifying various structures (e.g., prepositional phrases) and explaining their functions within the sentence

* Locate specific grammar elements in real-world texts

* Write texts that correctly use specific grammar elements

* Demonstrate knowledge of how sentence-level grammar contributes to the coherence of paragraphs and texts

* Understand and appreciate the natural variation that occurs in language across time, social situation, and social group, while recognizing the need for mastering standard English

* Conduct basic research using digital language corpora

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80710 ENG5009 Methods Bibleo & Research World Wide Web (W) Available

Bibliographical, library and systematic approaches to research at the graduate level in language and literature.

This course aims to review current approaches to literary and cultural studies, including the field of technical writing. Additionally, we will focus on basic tools of scholarship and the kinds of questions—and answers—that lead to productive library research. Our purpose in doing that is to go beyond “Google” and to become adept with the use of various print and electronic resources as well as appropriate research strategies.

Course requirements include access to UCF WebCourses; weekly readings, discussion postings and short assignments; individual and collaborative research assignments; an annotated bibliography, and a final exam.

No courses found for Summer 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19418 LIN5137 Linguistics World Wide Web (W) Available

Do you use friend as a verb? Why do some people say aks and not ask? How many different ways can you use the word like? When does "I'm busy" mean "no"? Will txting make us talk in abbrevs?

In this course, we will connect technical linguistic information to your daily experiences with language. We will learn and practice techniques for describing English, from its sounds and words and sentences and larger elements of discourse in context. We will develop an intimate working knowledge of several dictionaries, including the OED. We will investigate linguistics issues empirically with research corpora. In linguistic terms, we'll cover phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and lexicography.

No courses found for Fall 2017.

Updated: Sep 19, 2018

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