Elizabeth Riddle

Elizabeth Riddle

Professor of English

Curriculum Vitae


Room:RB 297

Elizabeth M. Riddle has taught linguistics at Ball State University since 1982. Her specialty is pragmatics, with a focus on the connections between linguistic form, meaning, and function in discourse, and how linguistic forms are used to convey point of view and information structure. She also works on issues in linguistic politeness, metaphor, and cross-linguistic comparison. Her primary languages of interest are English, Hmong, French, Polish, Dutch, Greek, and Thai.

Professional Experience

Professor of English


Chair, Department of English


Assistant Professor, University of Gdansk, Poland


Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D. in Linguistics

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1978

M.A. in Linguistics

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1976

B.A. in French

College of New Rochelle, 1972

Research and Publications

"Rude Language in Personal Apologies for a Political Event,” with Mai Kuha. 2017. Anna Baczkowska, ed. Impoliteness in Media Discourse. Oxford: Peter Lang Ltd.

“Indefinite Determiners with Proper Names,” International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Tartu, Estonia, July 2017.

“A Crosslinguistic Study of Proper Names with Determiners.” 3rd International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA). Bloomington, Indiana, November, 2016.

“Perceptions of Spanish L2 Writing Quality: The Role of Discourse Markers and Sentence-Level Phenomena,” with Mai Kuha and Lisa M. Kuriscak. 2016. Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig and César Félix-Brasdefer, eds. Pragmatics and language learning (Vol. 14). Honolulu: National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawai‘i.