Stephen F. Austin State University

Jessica Sams


Jessica Sams, Ph.D

Office Location: LAN 229


Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, December 2008
Dissertation committee chair: Professor Laura Michaelis
Dissertation title: "A Syntactic Analysis of Written English Quotatives"
M.A. in Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, December 2005
B.S. in English, Magna cum laude, Truman State University, May 2003

Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Interface of syntax and semantics, especially the intersection of the two within written quotatives;
  • general linguistics;
  • psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics;
  • English etymology and grammar; language change;
  • study of literature from a linguistic perspective.


  • "A construction grammar approach to analyzing written English quotatives." Poster session at the 5th International Consruction Grammar Conference, September 2008.
  • "Genre-controlled constructions in written language quotatives." 2007 UWM Linguistics Symposium on Formulaic Language, April 2007.


  • "Genre-Controlled Constructions in Written Language Quotatives: A case study of English quotatives from two major genres." 2009. Typological Studies in Language: Formulaic Language. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • "Quoting the Unspoken: An Analysis of Quotatives in Spoken Discourse." June 2007. Colorado Research in Linguistics Journal.

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