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Tully Thibeau

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Tully Thibeau

Associate Professor, Dept.Chair
Social Sciences 207 406-243-2156
Office Hours:



  • Monday 12:10 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Friday 12:10 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

‚ÄčFALL 2015


In this position, I teach courses in Linguistics and train instructors in teaching English to native and non-native speakers, particularly the latter.  Supporting non-native English speakers admitted to university with partial proficency is a mission.  As part of this assignment, I'm chiefly interested in using topics in Linguistics (especially development) for Content-Based language Instruction.  One consequence of this interest is identifying how language is understood by some as an object of study, either as a fact of the matter ("scientific") or a matter of interpretation ("naturalistic"):  Though presumably a philosophical dispute, the two different paths for pursuing knowledge become foundational in defining Academy for a program of study with academic purposes as its target (Bruce 2011:25). Bruce, Ian. 2011. Theory and concepts of English for academic purposes. New York: Palgrave MacMillan


B.A. English, Arizona State University, 1988 (Honors' College Undergraduate Thesis) M.A. Linguistics, Pennsylvania State, 1993 (Professional Paper and Comprehensive Examinations) Ph. D. Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona, 1999 (Doctoral Dissertation)

Selected Publications

Gong, Jiang Song, Tully J. Thibeau. 2010.  The development of Chinese classifiers by adult English speakers: a pilot study. Academic Exchange Quarterly 14(3). 34-39. Thibeau, Tully J.  2005.  Review: Determinants of grammatical variation in English. G. Rohdenburg and B. Mondorf (Eds.), 2003, Mouton de Gruyter.  Studies in Language 29(3).  683-699. Thibeau, Tully J. 2003.  Review: Particle verbs in English: syntax, information structure and intonation, N. Dehé, 2002, John Benjamins.  LINGUIST List 14.1078 (Friday, April 11).

Current Courses

FALL 2015:  LING 472/572 Generative Syntax; LING 477 Bilingualism PREVIOUSLY:  LING 270 Introduction to Linguistics; LING 465 Structure and History of English; LING 466 Pedagogical Grammar; LING 478 Second Language Development; LING 480 Teaching English as a Foreign Language, LING 481 The ESL Professional, LING 489 Morphology, LING 570 Graduate Seminars (Codeswitching, Childhood Bilingualism, Linearization, C-Command & Syntactic Development) NEW - SPRING 2016:  LING 474 Historical Linguistics

Teaching Experience

Introductory Linguistics, Contact Linguistics (Bilingual Studies and Language Acquisition by Children and Adults), Classroom Applications targeting (English) language knowledge and usage

College of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Montana

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