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

Beth Rapp Young, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • byoung@ucf.edu
  • Office Hours: Tues 930a - 1215p; online only W 930 - 1030a; or by appointment
  • Campus Location: CNH306B
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Education

  • 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

  • rhetoric
  • composition
  • linguistics (particularly corpus linguistics)
  • grammar / usage
  • expert witness 

Selected Publications

Articles/Essays

  • 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.

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19418 LIN5137 Linguistics Web Web 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.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51085 LIN5137 Linguistics Web C Web 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.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19192 LIN5675 English Grammar and Usage Web Web Available
LIN5675.0W61: English Grammar and Usage
(Young)

PR: Graduate status or senior standing

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

No courses found for Fall 2016.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61215 LIN5137 Linguistics Web C Web Not Online
LIN5137.CW61: Linguistics
(Young)

PR: Graduate status or senior standing

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.

Updated: Aug 15, 2017

Department of English • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-5596 • Fax: 407-823-3300 • english@ucf.edu