Brett Hashimoto

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

4037 JFSB


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Teaching Experience

Some of my most ardent beliefs about teaching are that 1) teachers should seek to understand their students, 2) teaching should adapt to learners’ needs, 3) classrooms should be places where students ask questions and express ideas, 4) students should be pushed to reach high expectations, and 5) course content should be applied to the lives of the students beyond the classroom.


My research focus is applying corpus linguistic methods to address real-world problems and issues. I am currently involved several lines of research. First, I am working on multiple projects designed to help jurists (i.e., lawyers and judges) to be able to better interpret the law using corpus linguistic methods in conjunction with the Law & Corpus Linguistics Project at the J. Reuben Clark Law School. Second, I’m examining several varieties of legal registers including search warrants and the US Code. Third, I am exploring applications of corpus linguistics to improving the validity of language assessments. Fourth, I am conducting synthetic research to better understand current trends in corpus linguistic research and corpus linguistic software interfaces.

Selected Publications

  • Hashimoto, B. J. (forthcoming). Assessing the usefulness of the Frequency Model in vocabulary size testing. Language Assessment Quarterly.
  • Hashimoto, B. J., & Jarvis, S. (2021). Comparing operationalizations of a word in lexical diversity measures. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research.
  • Youn, S. J., & Hashimoto, B. J. (2020). Methods and data bases for investigating pragmatics in EIL. In Z. Tajeddin & M. Alemi (Eds.), English as an International Language: Pragmatic Pedagogy. Routledge.
  • Hashimoto, B. J., & Nelson, K. (2020). Using a corpus in creating and evaluating a DCT. Applied Pragmatics, 2(1), 80-120.
  • Hashimoto, B., Keller, D., Sudina, E., Yaw, K., Egbert, J., & Plonsky, L. (2020). Research in Progress: Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University, USA. Language Teaching. 1-6.
  • Hashimoto, B. J., & Egbert, J. (2019). More than frequency?: Exploring predictors of word difficulty for English language learners. Language Learning, 69(4), 839-872.


• Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Register Studies, Modern Language Journal, Studies in Second Language Acquisition

Organizing Committees
• 6th Annual Law & Corpus Linguistics Conference Organizing Committee, 2021, Provo [virtual conference], UT, USA
• 5th Annual Law & Corpus Linguistics Conference Organizing Committee, 2020, Provo, UT, USA

Citizenship assignments