Theresa McGarry

me I teach linguistics and coordinate the TESOL Certificate Program in the Dept. of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University. I have taught English as a Second Language in Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, China, Ecuador, and the U.S.


Language and Literature special issue call for papers

This special issue seeks submissions of manuscripts related to the stylistics of Brazilian women authors. The central theme of ideal proposals is “Decolonizing the Discourse.” Our goal is to expand the discussion of style in literary and non-literary language normally positioned at the margins in Brazilian women authors’ works, as well as forms of writing and literary analysis. By doing this, we intentionally adopt a social-political perspective of resistance regarding the voices that were continuously silenced by patriarchal imposition perpetrated by the literary canon.

Topics covered by the journal include (but are not limited to) the following: the stylistic analysis of literary and non-literary texts, cognitive approaches to text comprehension, corpus and computational stylistics, the stylistic investigation of multimodal texts, pedagogical stylistics, the reading process, software development for stylistics, and real-world applications for stylistic analysis. We welcome articles that investigate the relationship between stylistics and other areas of linguistics, such as text linguistics, sociolinguistics and translation studies. We also encourage interdisciplinary submissions that explore the connections between stylistics and such cognate subjects and disciplines as psychology, literary studies, narratology, computer science and neuroscce.

Please submit abstracts to by July 1, 2024. Questions may be submitted to the same address.

We hope to hear from many of you.

Brunella Martinelli and Theresa McGarry



some of my publications:

Beginning Colloquial Sinhala , with Liyanage Amarakeerthi

online module on teaching the Ramayana, by me and Cate Strain. The module contains resources to help inform and guide an instructor wanting to include a unit on the Ramayana in a course such as World Literature, Comparative Religion, Mythology, or similar courses in community colleges or universities. We are grateful to the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies for supporting the development of these materials and hosting them on their website.

a description of an ESL teaching technique, with Martha Michieka, in Teaching English with Corpora


recent and upcoming presentations:

"Analyse Corpus de la Terminologie du Corps et de la Voix en Littérature Pour Enfants" May 23, 2024, Décrire et Enseigner Les Langues Sous le Prisme du Genre: Enjeux Scientifiques et Politiques

"Deontic Have to and Must in Letters to the Editor in Two World Englishes" Apr. 4, 2024, SouthEastern Conference on Linguistics, with Martha Michieka

"On the Historical Development of Certain Deontic Expressions in Spanish and French" Oct. 13, 2023, Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference, with David Korfhagen

Organizations I belong to:

Linguistic Society of America

American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies

Southeastern Conference on Linguistics



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