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Ute Römer

Associate Professor    
Specializations

Corpus linguistics
Phraseology
Second language acquisition
Academic writing

Biography

Dr. Ute Römer is an Assistant Professor in GSU’s Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL. Prior to joining the department in 2011, she was the director of the applied corpus linguistics unit at the University of Michigan English Language Institute where she managed the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) and the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers (MICUSP) projects. In 2004 Dr. Römer received her PhD in English linguistics from the Leibniz University of Hanover (Germany) where she taught classes in general and applied linguistics for a few years before moving to Michigan. Her primary research interests and areas in which she has published include corpus linguistics, phraseology, academic discourse analysis, and the application of corpora in language learning and teaching. Her current research focuses on student academic writing and on how corpus tools and methods can be used to identify meaningful units in specialized discourses. She is also interested in combining corpus- and psycholinguistic evidence to gain insights into speakers‘ use and acquisition of English verb-argument constructions. Dr. Römer serves on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals (including the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Corpora, English Text Construction, and the Journal of Advanced Linguistic Studies) and is an advisory board member of the book seriesStudies in Corpus Linguistics (John Benjamins). She has published a book, three edited volumes, and numerous articles in leading journals in Corpus Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.

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Frequently taught classes:
AL 3021 Introduction to Linguistics
AL 4111 Semantics and Pragmatics
AL 8240 General Linguistics
AL 8400 Preparation for Undergraduate Teaching
AL 8765 Phraseology
AL 8970 Linguistic Analysis: Morphology and Syntax
AL 8972 Seminar: Corpus Research in Applied Linguistics

Publications

Books

Ellis, N. C., U. Römer & M. B. O’Donnell. (Under contract). Language Usage, Acquisition, and Processing: Cognitive and Corpus Investigations of Construction Grammar. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Römer, U. (2005). Progressives, Patterns, Pedagogy. A Corpus-driven Approach to English Progressive Forms, Functions, Contexts and Didactics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

 

Edited Volumes

Römer, U. & R. Schulze (eds.). (2010). Patterns, Meaningful Units and Specialized Discourses. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [book version of the 2008 IJCL special issue].

Römer, U. & R. Schulze (eds.). (2009). Exploring the Lexis-Grammar Interface. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Römer, U. & R. Schulze (eds.). (2008). Patterns, Meaningful Units and Specialized Discourses (Special issue (13,3) of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Scholz, S., M. Klages, E. Hantson & U. Römer (eds.). (2002). Language: Context and Cognition. Papers in honour of Wolf-Dietrich Bald’s 60th birthday. Munich: Langenscheidt-Longman.

 

Refereed Journal Articles

Römer, U., M. B. O’Donnell & N. C. Ellis. (2014). Second Language Learner Knowledge of Verb-argument Constructions: Effects of Language Transfer and Typology. The Modern Language Journal 98(4): 952-975.

Römer, U., A. Roberson, M. B. O’Donnell & N. C. Ellis. (2014). Linking Learner Corpus and Experimental Data in Studying Second Language Learners’ Knowledge of Verb-argument Constructions. ICAME Journal 38: 115-135.

Ellis, N. C., M. B. O’Donnell & U. Römer. (Forthcoming, 2014). Second Language Verb-argument Constructions are Sensitive to Form, Function, Frequency, Contingency, and Prototypicality. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 4(4).

Hardy, J. A., A. Roberson & U. Römer. (Forthcoming). The Power of Relevant Models: Using a Corpus of Student Writing to Introduce Disciplinary Practices in a First Year Composition Course. Across the Disciplines.

Ellis, N. C., M. B. O’Donnell & U. Römer. (2014). The Processing of Verb-argument Constructions is Sensitive to Form, Function, Frequency, Contingency and Prototypicality. Cognitive Linguistics 25(1): 55-98.

Hardy, J. A. & U. Römer. (2013). Revealing Disciplinary Variation in Student Writing: A Multi-dimensional Analysis of the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers (MICUSP). Corpora 8(2): 183-207.

Ellis, N. C., M. B. O’Donnell & U. Römer. (2013). Usage-based Language: Investigating the Latent Structures that Underpin Acquisition. Language Learning 63(Supplement 1): 25-51.

O’Donnell, M. B., U. Römer & N. C. Ellis. (2013). The Development of Formulaic Sequences in First and Second Language Writing: Investigating Effects of Frequency, Association, and Native Norm. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 18(1): 83-108.

Ädel, A. & U. Römer. (2012). Research on Advanced Student Writing Across Disciplines and Levels: Introducing the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 17(1): 3-34.

Wulff, S., U. Römer & J. M. Swales. (2012). Attended/Unattended this in Academic Student Writing: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 8(1): 129-157.

O’Donnell, M. B. & U. Römer. (2012). From Student Hard Drive to Web Corpus (Part 2): The Annotation and Online Distribution of the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers (MICUSP). Corpora 7(1): 1-18.

Römer, U. & M. B. O’Donnell. (2011). From Student Hard Drive to Web Corpus (Part 1): The Design, Compilation and Genre Classification of the Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers (MICUSP). Corpora 6(2): 159-177.

Römer, U. (2011). Corpus Research Applications in Second Language Teaching. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics 31: 205-225.

Römer, U. & S. Wulff. (2010). Applying Corpus Methods to Written Academic Texts: Explorations of MICUSP. Journal of Writing Research 2.2 (2010): 99-127. Available at http://www.jowr.org. **Nominated for the John R. Hayes Award 2012**

Römer, U. (2010). Establishing the Phraseological Profile of a Text Type: The Construction of Meaning in Academic Book Reviews. English Text Construction 3(1): 95-119. Reprinted in: D. Biber & R. Reppen (eds.). (2012). Corpus Linguistics. Volume I: Lexical Studies. London: SAGE Publications. 307-329.

Wulff, S. & U. Römer. (2009). Becoming a Proficient Academic Writer: Shifting Lexical Preferences in the Use of the Progressive. Corpora 4(2): 115-133.

Römer, U. (2009). The Inseparability of Lexis and Grammar: Corpus Linguistic Perspectives. Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics 7: 140-162.

Römer, U. (2009). English in Academia: Does Nativeness Matter? Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies 20(2): 89-100.

Wulff, S., N. C. Ellis, U. Römer, K. Bardovi-Harlig & C. LeBlanc. (2009). The Acquisition of Tense-Aspect: Converging Evidence from Corpora and Telicity Ratings. The Modern Language Journal 93(3): 354-369.

Schulze, R. & U Römer. (2008). Introduction: Patterns, Meaningful Units and Specialized Discourses. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 13(3): 265-270.

Römer, U. (2008). Identification Impossible? A Corpus Approach to Realisations of Evaluative Meaning in Academic Writing. Functions of Language 15(1): 115-130.

Nesselhauf, N. & U. Römer. (2007). Lexical-grammatical Patterns in Spoken English: The Case of the Progressive with Future Time Reference. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 12(3): 297-333.                                                                                          Reprinted in: D. Biber & R. Reppen (eds.). (2012). Corpus Linguistics. Volume II: Grammar. London: SAGE Publications. 333-364.

Römer, U. (2006). Pedagogical Applications of Corpora: Some Reflections on the Current Scope and a Wish List for Future Developments. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 54(2): 121-134.

Römer, U. (2005). Shifting Foci in Language Description and Instruction: Towards a Lexical Grammar of Progressives. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 30(1): 145-160.

 

Refereed Book Chapters and Proceedings Papers

Römer, U., M. B. O’Donnell & N. C. Ellis. (Forthcoming). Using COBUILD Grammar Patterns for a Large-scale Analysis of Verb-argument Constructions: Exploring Corpus Data and Speaker Knowledge. In N. Groom, M. Charles, & S. John (Eds.), Corpora, Grammar and Discourse: In Honour of Susan Hunston. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Ellis, N. C., U. Römer & M. B. O’Donnell. (Forthcoming). Second Language Constructions: Usage-based Acquisition and Transfer too. In J. Schwieter (ed.). The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingualism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ellis, N. C., M. B. O’Donnell & U. Römer. (Forthcoming). The Emergence of Linguistic Constructions from Usage. In B. MacWhinney & W. O’Grady (eds.). The Handbook of Language Emergence. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Ellis, N. C., R. Simpson-Vlach, U. Römer, M. B. O’Donnell & S. Wulff. (Forthcoming). Learner Corpora and Formulaic Language in SLA. In S. Granger, G. Gilquin & F. Meunier (eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Learner Corpus Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ellis, N. C., M. B. O’Donnell & U. Römer. (2014). Does Language Zipf Right Along? Investigating Robustness in the Latent Structure of Usage and Acquisition. In J. Connor-Linton & L. W. Amoroso (eds.). Measured Language. Quantitative Studies of Acquisition, Assessment, and Variation. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. 33-50.

Römer, U. (2012). Corpora and Teaching Academic Writing: Exploring the Pedagogical Potential of MICUSP. In J. Thomas & A. Boulton (eds.). Input, Process and Product: Developments in Teaching and Language Corpora. Brno: Masaryk University Press. 70-82.

Römer, U. (2012). Corpus Analysis. In P. Robinson (ed.). The Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition. New York: Routledge. 134-139.

Römer, U. (2011). Observations on the Phraseology of Academic Writing: Local Patterns – Local Meanings? In T. Herbst, S. Faulhaber & P. Uhrig (eds.). The Phraseological View of Language. A Tribute to John Sinclair. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 211-227.

Römer, U. (2010). Using General and Specialized Corpora in English Language Teaching: Past, Present and Future. In M. Campoy-Cubillo, B. Belles-Fortuño & L. Gea-Valor (eds.). Corpus-based Approaches to English Language Teaching. London: Continuum. 18-35.

Römer, U. & R. Schulze. (2009). Patterns in Language: An Introduction. In: Reinfandt, Christoph & Lars Eckstein (eds.). Anglistentag 2008 Tübingen. Proceedings. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. 359-365.

Schulze, R. & U. Römer (2009). Introduction: Zooming in. In: Römer, Ute & Rainer Schulze (eds.). Exploring the Lexis-Grammar Interface. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 1-11.

Römer, U. (2009). Corpus Research and Practice: What Help Do Teachers Need and what Can we Offer? In: Aijmer, Karin (ed.). Corpora and Language Teaching. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 83-98.

Römer, U. (2008). 7. Corpora and Language Teaching. In: Lüdeling, Anke & Merja Kytö (eds.). Corpus Linguistics. An International Handbook. [HSK series] Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 112-130.

Römer, U. (2007). Learner Language and the Norms in Native Corpora and EFL Teaching Materials: A Case Study of English Conditionals. In S. Volk-Birke & J. Lippert (eds.). Anglistentag 2006 Halle. Proceedings. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. 355-363.

Römer, U. (2006). Where the Computer Meets Language, Literature, and Pedagogy: Corpus Analysis in English Studies. In A. Gerbig & A. Müller-Wood (eds.). How Globalization Affects the Teaching of English: Studying Culture through Texts. Lampeter: E. Mellen Press. 81-109.

Römer, U. (2006). Looking at Looking: Functions and Contexts of Progressives in Spoken English and ‘School’ English. In A. Renouf & A. Kehoe (eds.). The Changing Face of Corpus Linguistics. Papers from the 24th International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora (ICAME 24). Amsterdam: Rodopi. 231-242. (2006).                                                                                                      Reprinted in: W. Teubert & R. Krishnamurthy (eds.). (2007). Corpus Linguistics. Critical Concepts in Linguistics (6 vols.). London: Routledge. 3-14 (Volume IV).

Römer, U. (2005). ‘This seems somewhat counterintuitive, though…’: Negative Evaluation in Linguistic Book Reviews by Male and Female Authors. In E. Tognini Bonelli & G. Del Lungo Camiciotti (eds.). Strategies in Academic Discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 97-115.

Römer, U. (2004). Comparing Real and Ideal Language Learner Input: The Use of an EFL Textbook Corpus in Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching. In G.Aston, S. Bernardini & D. Stewart (eds.). Corpora and Language Learners. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 151-168.

Römer, U. (2004). A Corpus-driven Approach to Modal Auxiliaries and their Didactics. In J. M. Sinclair (ed.). How to Use Corpora in Language Teaching. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 185-199.

Klages, M. & U. Römer (2002). Translating Modal Meanings in the EFL Classroom. In S. Scholz, M. Klages, E. Hantson & U. Römer (eds.). Language: Context and Cognition. Papers in Honour of Wolf-Dietrich Bald’s 60th Birthday. Munich: Langenscheidt-Longman. 201-216.