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Dallin Oaks


4075 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602



Dallin D. Oaks teaches primarily English linguistics courses in the department, including courses in traditional grammar and usage, history of the English language, early modern English, structure of English, and Old English. He has a BA degree in English Teaching from BYU (1984), an MA degree in linguistics (applied linguistics emphasis) from the University of Utah (1986), and a Ph.D. in English (English linguistics) from Purdue University (1990). Professor Oaks’s research interests include historical linguistics, the structure of English, and linguistic applications. He has published three books: Linguistics at Work: A Reader of Applications (published by Harcourt Brace, 1998); An Introductory English Grammar (co-authored with Norman C. Stageberg and published by Harcourt Brace, 2000); and Structural Ambiguity in English: An Applied Grammatical Inventory (published by Continuum, 2010). Professor Oaks has articles appearing in a variety of journals, including General Linguistics, Reading Research and Instruction, the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, the Southern Journal of Linguistics, and the Journal of Advertising Education.


Structural Ambiguity in English

Research Interests

Ambiguity, Structure of English, History of the English Language, Old English, Onomastics (Naming), Metaphors, and Applications of Linguistics

Teaching Interests

History of the English Language, Semantics, and Structure of English

Courses Taught


Cynthia Leah Hallen Dallin Dixon Oaks