Linguist to lecture at CSUB

October 5, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

Rong Chen, professor and chair of the English department at California State University, San Bernardino, will give a presentation on "The History of Linguistics as a Discipline" at the inaugural Lectures in Language and Linguistics on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield.

The CSUB English department is launching the Lectures in Language and Linguistics, a series aimed at inviting a California-based linguist or language expert every quarter to speak on a given topic.

Chen earned his bachelor's at Xian International Studies University, China; master's at Lancaster University, Great Britain; and doctorate at Ball State University, Indiana.

He has published two books and more than 20 articles in discourse analysis, pragmatics, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, stylistics, genre analysis, and metaphor.

His most recent book, "English Inversion: A Ground-Before-Figure Construction," was published in the Cognitive Linguistics Research series by Mouton de Gruyter in 2003. He is currently co-editor of Cognitive Linguistics Bibliography, also published by Mouton de Gruyter.

The lecture series is designed to generate student interest in linguistic studies at CSUB by serving as a forum for linguists to report on their published works or on-going research in all areas of linguistics, including sociolinguistics (language contact, language and gender, varieties of English, language change), psycholinguistics, historical/comparative linguistics, second language acquisition/English as a second language, or language and computers (artificial intelligence).

For more information on the Lectures in Language and Linguistics, please contact Sophia A. Adjaye in the CSUB English department at [ ], or call (661)