Ph.D., The University of Iowa
MS, Northwest Missouri State University
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A.B., Beloit College
Office: Root Hall, A-140B
2003 Recipient of ISU's Caleb Mills Award for Excellence in Teaching
Leslie Barratt, Professor of Linguistics, received an A.B. degree from
Beloit College, an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. in Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri
State University, and a Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. Although all of
her degrees are from Midwestern schools, Dr. Barratt was born and raised in
the East, just outside of New York City. She took Russian in high school and
learned Flemish as an exchange student in Belgium. After college classes in
linguistics, she decided to pursue the study of language as her career. Dr.
Barratt has taught at ISU since 1980. She has spent two of her sabbaticals as a
Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Hungary (1987-8) and China (1995-6). During
2004-2005 she visited and/or lectured in Turkmenistan, P.R. China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea,
Thailand, and Brazil.
- First and second language acquisition
- Teaching English as a second language
- English as a second language
- English grammar
- Courses concerning language universals, linguistic variation & change
Dr. Barratt's current research interests are first and
second language acquisition, second and foreign language teaching, and
language variation. For a list of recent publications, see below. Among her
hobbies are language learning, swimming, cooking, baking (especially
anything chocolate!), and traveling/living in other cultures.
- President, Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other
Languages (INTESOL), 2011
- Vice President and Conference Chair, Indiana Teachers of English to
Speakers of Other Languages (INTESOL), 2010
- Associate Chair for the Annual Teachers of English to Speakers of Other
Languages (TESOL) Convention, Seattle, 2007; Boston, 2010; New Orleans,
2011; Philadelphia, 2012
- Co-Team Leader, Protocol, for the Annual Teachers of English to Speakers of
Other Languages (TESOL) Convention, Baltimore, 2003, Long Beach, 2004, San
Antonio, 2005 & Tampa, 2006
- Co-Team Leader, Employment Clearinghouse, TESOL Convention, Baltimore, 2003,
Long Beach, 2004, San Antonio, 2005 & Tampa, 2006
- President, Indiana Partners of the Americas (partners with Companheiros das
Americas Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil, 2002-2004, 2005-present); Board Member,
Indiana Partners of the Americas, Fall 1998 - present.
- Board Member, Indiana Nationalities Council, 2002- present.
- FLEX Coordinator, Indiana AFS Exchange Programs, 2002-2003, 2005 (Department
of State grant activities for participants from the former Soviet Union)
- Member, Protocol Committee for TESOL Convention, St. Louis 2001 & Salt Lake
- Orientation Coordinator for Indiana, American Field Service (AFS) student
exchange programs, 2000-2001.
- Employment Counselor for Employment Clearinghouse, TESOL Convention, 1995,
- Member, INTESOL Bilingual/Bicultural License Proposal Committee, Spring 2002
- Co-Editor, TESOLIN', newsletter of the Indiana Teachers of English to
Speakers of other Languages, 1993-5 (elected position, with Ellen Dussourd,
then Director of Interlink, Terre Haute)
- Member, English as a Second Language Standards Review Committee, State of
- Member, Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (INTESOL)
Grants Committee, 1991-1992, 1996-1997
- Lloyd W. Benjamin President's Medal for International
Service, Indiana State University, 2012
- Outstanding English Language Teacher, Teachers of
English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), 2005
- "On commoner being more common" in Illes, E. and
T. Eitler. Studies in Applied Linguistics in honour of Edit H.
Kontra. Budapest: ELTE BTK (ELTE University Press, published by
Oxford University Press in cooperation with the British Council in
Hungary). 2012. Pp. 13-16.
- "Strategies to Prepare Teachers Equally for Equity" in
Non-native English Speakers in TESOL: A Resource Book, edited by
Ahmar Mahboob. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.
- “What Speakers Don’t Notice: Language Changes Can Sneak In,” Innovation
and Continuity in Language and Communication of Different Language Cultures,
ed. Rudolf Muhr (Peter Lang, 2006). Also in TRANS 16:
- “Native English-Speaking Teachers in Cultures Other Than Their Own,” in
TESOL Journal 9:3, Autumn 2000.
- “Beginning with Babies,” in Syntax in the Schools 16:3, Winter 2000.
- "Mismatches in Translations between Chinese and American English,"
English Language Learning 1996/8.
- "Matching Hungarian and English Color Terms." (with M. Kontra)
International Journal of Lexicography 9:2, June, 1996.
- "Mismatches in Hungarian and English Word Meanings: Problems for
Language Learners that Dictionaries Fail to Solve,"Studies in Applied
Linguistics, volume 1 number 1, 1994.
- "Találkozás az idegen nyelvvel iskoláskor elÅtt: elsajátítás vagy tanulás?"
(Facing a Foreign Language at a Preschool Age: Acquisition or Learning)
Revision of Barratt & Kassai 1989 in Annus, Gábor, JenÅ Bárdos, and Zsolt
Lengyel, Magyar Alkalmazott Nyelvészeti Konferencia 1992 (Hungarian Applied
Linguistics Conference 1992). Egyetemi Kiadó Veszprém (Veszprém University
Press) Veszprém, Hungary: 1994
- "Cooperative Learning in the College Classroom," Contemporary Education
63 Number 3:201-202. Spring, 1992. ERIC #EJ455137.
- "Early Second Language Contact: Acquisition or Learning?" (with I. Kassai),
Proceedings of the Speech Research '89 International Conference, ed. by T.
Szende, Budapest: Linguistic Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
- "Ten Things That Teachers Should Teach (and Students Should Learn) About
Language." Contemporary Education 59 Number 2: 70-72. Winter, 1987. ERIC
- "Notes from the Underground: A Descriptivist's Journey into the Land of
Prescriptivists" in Innovations in Linguistics, Fall 1985.
- "Constraints on Assimilation in Phonology and Morphology," Phonologica
- "The Role of Morphophonemic Assimilation Rules in Predicting Phonotactic
Assimilation Rules," paper presented at the International Linguistics
Society Conference in New York City - March, 1984.
- The Relationship Between Surface Phonetic Constraints and Phonotactic
Rules, unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Iowa, 1982.
- "Can Topicalizations and Clefts Involve WH-Movement?" Papers from the
Fifteenth Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, P.R. Clyne, et
al., eds., 9-19, 1979.
- "Prenasalized Stops in Guarani: Where the Autosegment Fails," Linguistic
Analysis Volume 7 Number 2.
- "How Concrete is Natural Generative Phonology?" Proceedings of the 1979
Mid-America Linguistics Conference, R.S. Haller, ed., Lincoln, Nebraska: The
University of Nebraska, 1979. (with D. Finer and M. Pino).