Areas of specialization:
English for Global Aviation
(Critical) Discourse Analysis
Language Policy and Planning
Research Methods (Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed-Methods Approaches)
Technology and Language Teaching
Eric Friginal is professor of applied linguistics at the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL and Director of International Programs at the College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia State University (GSU). He is also the Director of International Programs at the College of Arts and Sciences at GSU. He received his PhD in applied linguistics from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2008. He specializes in applied corpus linguistics, language policy and planning, technology and language teaching, sociolinguistics, cross-cultural communication, distance learning, discipline-specific writing, bilingual education, and the analysis of spoken professional discourse. Prior to joining the GSU faculty, he was a lecturer in the Literacy, Technology, and Professional Writing area of the English Department at NAU and an instructor at the NAU School of Forestry, where he taught on-campus and online courses in technical and professional writing, professional editing, and rhetoric and writing in professional communities. His main research program focuses on the exploration of professional, spoken interaction; Aviation English; the acquisition of fluency in ESL; and the study of language, culture, and cross-cultural communication in the context of outsourced call centers in the Philippines and India serving American customers. He makes use of corpus and computational tools as well as qualitative and quantitative research approaches in analyzing and interpreting linguistic patterning from corpora. He has received funding in support of his research from a U.S.-owned call center company operating in the Philippines, India, China, and Costa Rica. His present work aims to contribute linguistic data that could be used for materials production and the development of training curricula in language proficiency and task performance of ESL speakers engaged in business or customer service interactions with native speakers of English. He was a recipient of a Fulbright grant from 1998-2000, $1 million U.S. State Department grant (with Dr. Gayle Nelson) for the GSU-University of Baghdad Linkages Program and several international teacher-training programs with partner institutions in China, South Korea, Brazil, Turkey, and others. His papers have been published in The Journal of Second Language Writing, Corpora, World Englishes, English for Specific Purposes, Discourse Studies, and Language Policy, among others. He has received recognition and awards such as Outstanding Teaching Award (GSU College of Arts and Sciences) for outstanding achievement in the area of teaching (performance as reflected on student evaluations; innovative teaching techniques; course and program development; authorship of textbooks, software, and other similar instructional materials; student accomplishments; direction of individual student work; teaching grants; and honors or awards for teaching); and Instructional Innovation Award (with Dr. Ying Zhu of CMII) for developing Text X-Ray, which is an online text tagger and visualizer used to raise learners’ awareness of the lexico-syntactic structure of texts (and especially their own writing).
Frequently taught classes:
AL 8470 Sociolinguistics
AL 8760 Corpus Linguistics
AL 8620 Technology and Language Teaching
AL 8710 Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
AL 8960 Quantitative Research Methods
AL 3031 Language in Society
Friginal, E. and Hardy, J.A. (Eds.) (expected 2020). The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Approaches to Discourse Analysis. New York: Routledge.
Friginal, E., Matthews, E., and Roberts, J. (2019). English in Global Aviation: Context, Research, and Pedagogy. London: Bloomsbury.
Friginal, E. (2018). Corpus Linguistics for English Teachers: New Tools, Online Resources, and Classroom Activities. New York: Routledge.
Friginal, E. (Ed.) (2017). Studies in Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics. New York: Routledge.
Friginal, E., Lee, J., Polat, B., and Roberson, A. (2017). Exploring Spoken English Learner Language from Corpora: Learner Talk. London: Palgrave McMillan
Pickering, L., Friginal, E., and Staples, S. (Eds.) (2016). Talking at Work: Corpus-Based Explorations of Workplace Discourse. London: Palgrave McMillan.
Friginal, E. and Hardy, J. (2014). Corpus-Based Sociolinguistics: A Guide for Students. New York: Routledge.
Friginal, E. (2009). The Language of Outsourced Call Centers: A Corpus-Based Study of Cross Cultural Interaction. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Selected Plenaries and Invited Talks
PLENARY SPEAKER: “Corpus Linguistics and English as a Lingua Franca: Approaches and Applications.” ELF Teachers’ Conference – ELF Day 2, November 20, 2019, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.
PLENARY SPEAKER: “Quantifying Cross-Cultural Communication.” American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference 2018, March 24-27, 2018, Chicago, IL.
PLENARY SPEAKER: “Recognizing the Role of Communication as a Human Factor in Aviation: Perspectives from Empirical Research in Applied Linguistics.” International Civil Aviation English Association (ICAEA) 2018, May 10-12, 2018, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, FL.
PLENARY SPEAKER: “Corpus-Based Approaches in TESOL: Innovative Tools, Lessons, and Emerging Paradigms.” COPEI and ANUPI TESOL Conference 2017 [COPEI – College of Professional Teachers of English and ANUPI – National Association of University Teachers of English], Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, October 12-15, 2017.
PLENARY SPEAKER: “Exploring Cross-Talk in Aviation Training and Outsourced Call Center Interactions” at the American Association for Corpus Linguistics Conference 2014, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, September 26, 2014.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (from 2013)
Paul, J. and Friginal, E. (2019). The Effects of Symmetric and Asymmetric Social Networks on Second Language Communication. Computer Assisted Language Learning. DOI: 10.1080/09588221.2018.1527364
Berger, C., Friginal, E., and Roberts, J. (2017). Representations of Immigrants and Refugees in U.S. K-12 School-to-Home Correspondence: An Exploratory Corpus-Assisted Discourse Study. Corpora, 12(2).
Friginal, E. and Mustafa, S. (2016). A Comparison of U.S.-Based and Iraqi English Research Article
Abstracts Using Corpora. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 24(1), 95-112.
Hardy, J. and Friginal, E. (2016). Genre Variation in Student Writing: A Multi-Dimensional Analysis.
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 22(1), 119-131.
Friginal, E. and Polat, B. (2015). Linguistic Dimensions of Learner Speech in English Interviews. Corpus Linguistics Research 1, 53-82.
Weigle, S. and Friginal, E. (2015). Linguistic Dimensions of Native Speaker and Non-Native Speaker Academic Writing in English: A Comparison of Writing Tests and Disciplinary Writing. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 82(2), 213-231.
Friginal, E. and Weigle, S. (2014). Exploring Multiple Profiles of L2 Writing Using Multi-Dimensional Analysis. Journal of Second Language Writing 26(2), 80-95.
Friginal, E., Walker, M., and Randall, J. (2014). Exploring Mega-Corpora: Google Ngram Viewer and the Corpus of Historical American English. E-JournALL 1(1), 123-145.
Friginal, E. and Cullom, M. (2014). Saying ‘No’ in Outsourced Call Center Communications. Asian Englishes Journal, 4, 23-37.
Friginal, E., Li, M. and Weigle, S. (2014). Revisiting Multiple Profiles of Learner Compositions: A Comparison of Highly Rated NS and NNS Essays. Journal of Second Language Writing, 23, 1-16.
Friginal, E. (2013). 25 Years of Biber’s MDA: Introduction to the Special Issue and an Interview with Douglas Biber. Corpora, 8(2), 137-152.
Friginal, E. (2013). Developing Technical Writing Skills Using Corpora. English for Specific Purposes, 32 (1), 208-220.
Friginal, E., Pearson, P., Di Ferrante, L., Pickering, L., and Bruce, C. (2013). Linguistic Characteristics of AAC Discourse in the Workplace. Discourse Studies, 15 (3), 21-47.
Friginal, E. (2013). Assessment of Oral Performance in Outsourced Call Centers. English for Specific Purposes, 32, 25-35.
Selected Book Chapters (from 2015)
Friginal, E. and Leymarie, C. (in press). Intercultural Communication. Edited by Dawn Knight and Svenja Adolphs, Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities. New York: Routledge.
Friginal, E. and Taylor, J. (in press). Corpora in the Classroom. Edited by Christine Coombe and Hassan Mohebbi, Research Questions in Language Education and Applied Linguistics. London: Springer.
Friginal, E. and Udell, R. (in press). Corpora and Corpus Analysis of Business English. Edited by Carol Chapelle, The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Friginal, E. and Udell, R. (in press). Exploring Business Communication. Edited by Carol Chapelle, The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Friginal, E. and Hardy, J.A. (2019). Qualitative Interpretations of Factors. Edited by Tony Berber Sardinha and Marcia Veirano Pinto, Conducting Multidimensional Analysis (pp. 134-155). London: Continuum.
Friginal, E., and Bristow, M. (2017). Corpus Approaches to Sociolinguistics: Introduction and Chapter Overviews. Edited by Eric Friginal, Corpus Approaches to Sociolinguistics: New Studies, Methodologies, and Applications. New York: Routledge.
Friginal, E., Titak, A., and Waugh, O. (2017). Linguistic Variation in Facebook and Twitter posts. Edited by Eric Friginal, Corpus Approaches to Sociolinguistics: New Studies, Methodologies, and Applications. New York: Routledge.
Friginal, E. and Biber, D. (2016). Involved and Informational Production Features of Q+A Forum Responses: A Multidimensional Analysis. Edited by Paul Baker and Jesse Egbert, Triangulating Methodological Approaches in Corpus Linguistics Research, pp. 73-89. London: Continuum.
Skalicky, S., Friginal, E., and Subtirelu, N. (2016). A Corpus-Assisted Investigation of Nonunderstanding in Outsourced Call Center Discourse. Edited by Lucy Pickering, Eric Friginal, and Shelley Staples, Talking at Work: Corpus-Based Explorations of Workplace Discourse, pp. 127-153. London: Palgrave McMillan.
Friginal, E., Pickering, L., Bruce, C. (2016). Narrative and Informational Dimensions of AAC Discourse in the Workplace. Edited by Lucy Pickering, Eric Friginal, and Shelley Staples, Talking at Work: Corpus-Based Explorations of Workplace Discourse, pp. 27-56. London: Palgrave McMillan.
Pickering, L., Friginal, E., and Staples, S. (2016). Talking at Work: Introduction to the Volume. Edited by Lucy Pickering, Eric Friginal, and Shelley Staples, Talking at Work: Corpus-Based Explorations of Workplace Discourse. London: Palgrave McMillan.
Friginal, E. (2015). Telephone Interactions: A Multidimensional Comparison. Edited by Vivana Cortes and Eniko Csomay, Corpus-Based Research in Applied Linguistics: A Tribute to Douglas Biber, pp. 26-47. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.