William G. Eggington

Commonly Taught Courses

Elang 223 Introduction to Language, Elang 324 History of the English Language, Elang 325 English Grammar and Usage, Elang 326 Semantics, Elang 362 Discourse Analysis, Elang 495 Senior Seminar (Forensic Linguistics), Ling 550 Sociolinguistics, Ling 603 Meaning in Language


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William Eggington, originally from Australia, is an applied sociolinguist with research interests in language planning and policy, intercultural rhetoric and forensic linguistics. He has consulted and testified as an expert witness in numerous criminal and civil legal cases involving forensic linguistics with an emphasis on minority language issues such as limited English speaker’s comprehension of legal rights and interrogation language, hate crime determination, trade mark dilution, contract language disputes, and authorial attribution. He is currently Ludwig, Weber, Siebach Humanities Professor, BYU College of Humanities. During the 2013-2014 academic year, he is a visiting scholar at Kyung Hee University, Global Campus, South Korea.

He has written or co-edited six books:

· Mastering English through Global Debate. E. Talalakina, T. Brown, J. Bown, W. Eggington. Georgetown University Press. In press, expected publication November 2014.

· ESL Readers and Writers in Higher Education: Understanding Challenges, Providing Support. Norm Evans, Neil Anderson and William Eggington (eds.), Routledge, Under contract.

· Directions in Applied Linguistics. P. Bruthiaux, D. Atkinson, W. Eggington, W. Grabe, V. Ramanathan (eds), London: Multilingual Matters, 2005.

· The Sociopolitics of English Language Teaching. J. Kelly-Hall and W. Eggington (eds.), London: Multilingual Matters 2000.

· Language Policy: Dominant English, Pluralist Challenges. W. Eggington and H. Wren (eds.), Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co. 1997.

· Language: Maintenance, Power and Education in Australian Aboriginal Contexts. C. Walton and W. Eggington (eds.), Darwin, Australia: Northern Territory University Press. 1990.

He has also produced numerous journal articles and book chapters in volumes published by Cambridge, Multilingual Matters, Addison Wesley, Holt Rinehart, Macmillan, H. Buske, Harvard Latino Law Review and various national and international university and professional association presses. From 2003 to 2006, he served as a member of the board of directors of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and chaired the TESOL 2005 conference in San Antonio, Texas with approximately 8,000 participants. Prior to coming to BYU in 1989, he taught applied linguistics at the Northern Territory University in Australia. He received his MA and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Southern California.