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Authors to brief Congress on reading
October 3, 2008

PULLMAN—  Stephen B Krucer, associate professor of language and literacy education at WSU, is a co-author in the new book, What Research REALLY Says about Teaching and Learning to Read, published by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).


Krucer contributed a chapter on the nature of the reading process and also edited the book, which is set for release in October. Kucer is a College of Education faculty member at WSU Vancouver. 


The premise of a new book is how learning to read means mastering letters and sounds and … » More …

Telling a joke? Better make it a good one!
July 24, 2008

PULLMAN – Offering up a joke – at least one of that isn’t politically incorrect or “off-color” – is rarely considered particularly risky socially. But a recent study at WSU suggests jokesters do risk receiving a surprising amount of derision from their audience – particularly when it’s made up of those they love most.
Begun in 2007, the WSU research on failed humor supports earlier findings suggesting a lot of face-saving goes on among all parties whenever a joke is told. But the new research also demonstrates that the failure to deliver on the promise of humor can lead to surprisingly harsh … » More …

Philosopher, linguist gives Potter Memorial Lecture
March 25, 2005

Noam Chomsky, MIT professor of linguistics and philosophy, will give the 2005 Potter Memorial Lecture at Washington State University at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Chomsky’s speech will be entitled “Imminent Crises: Responsibilities and Opportunities” and will be open to the public free of charge.“For almost 50 years Noam Chomsky has been the most influential and best known American linguist,” said Lynn Gordon, associate professor, Department of English, and coordinator of WSU’s linguistics program. “The fact that many people refer to much of modern linguistic theory and research as ‘Chomskyan’ illustrates the breadth of his influence.”Chomsky’s influence also has … » More …