Susan Strauss

Susan Strauss

Susan Strauss

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Asian Studies, Education, Linguistics
(814) 865-7251
Susan Strauss

Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
  • M. A., TESL, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B. A., French, California State University, Northridge

Areas of Specialization

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Second Language Writing
  • The interface(s) between Discourse, Culture, Communication, Interaction, and Grammar (focusing on English, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Persian)

Recent Courses

  • APLNG 484 Discourse-Functional Grammar
  • APLNG 581 Discourse Analysis
  • APLNG 597 Linguistic Anthropology (US and ASIA)
  • ASIA 200 What Are Asian Languages? (offered in 2015-2016)
  • KOR 498 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology (Korea)

Selected Publications

Strauss, S., & Feiz, P. (2014). Discourse analysis: Putting our worlds into words. New York: Routledge.

Kuno, S., Makino, S., & Strauss, S. (Eds.). (2007). Aspects of Japanese linguistics (Nihongogakuno Syosoo).  Tokyo: Kuroshio. (take out from the current list and put under books)

Strauss, S., & Akatsuka, N. (Eds.).(2002). Japanese/Korean Linguistics, volume 10, CSLI Stanford, distributed by University of Chicago Press. (take out feom the current list and put under books)


Buescher, K., & Strauss, S. (to appear).  A cognitive linguistic analysis of French prepositionsà, dans, and en and a sociocultural theoretical approach to teaching them.  In K. Masuda, Arnett, C.,  & Labarca, A. (Eds.),  Cognitive linguistics and sociocultural theory. Berlin: deGruyter

Emig, B., McDonald, S., Zembal-Saul, C., & Strauss, S. (2014).  Inviting argument by analogy:  Analogical-mapping-based comparison activities as a scaffold for small group argumentation.    Science Education, 243-268.

Strauss, S., & Feiz, P. (2013).  Beyond alef, be, pe:  The socialization of incipient ideology through literacy practices in a Persian first grade classroom. Language Sciences, 197-219.

Strauss, S., & Young, J. (2011). The emergent construction of interpersonal closeness and distance in problem-solution television programs.  The Korean Language in America, 62-82.

Strauss, S., & Xiang, X. (2009). Discourse particles: Where cognition and interaction intersect—the case of final particle –ey in Shishan dialect.  (Hainan Island, P.R. China).  Journal of Pragmatics, 41 (7), 1287-1312.

Strauss, S. (2008).  A conceptual approach to the Japanese existential verbs:  The case of aruversus iru.  Language Awareness, 179-194.

Strauss, S., & Xiang, X. (2006).  Emergent agency:  The writing conference as a locus of autonomous authorship.  Written Communication23, 355-396.

Strauss, S., & Ahn, K. (2006). Applying conceptual grammar to advanced level language teaching:  The case of  two completive aspect markers in Korean. The Modern Language Journal, 90, 185-209.

Strauss, S. (2005). The linguistic aestheticization of food: A cross cultural look at food commercials in Japan, Korea, and the United States. Journal of Pragmatics, 37,  1427-1455.

Strauss, S. (2005). Cognitive realization markers:  A discourse-pragmatic study of the sentence ending particles –kwun, -ney,  and –tela.  Language Sciences, 2,  437-480.

Professional Awards and Achievements

Author of the Month for the book Discourse Analysis:  Putting Our Worlds Into Words,Routledge,September 2014

Editor-in-Chief, The Korean Language in America (2013-present).


Discourse Analysis: Putting our Worlds into Words