Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D., English (Linguistics, Rhetoric/Composition) - Arizona State University
M.A., English (Linguistics) - Arizona State University
B.A., English (Literature) - University of Florida
James Berry earned his BA in English at the University of
Florida, and his MA and PhD in English Linguistics at Arizona State University,
where his academic interests included generative syntax, language change,
sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and language contact.
Dr. Berry’s current research is primarily focused on the
rise of sentence adverbs in the history of English (and other languages such as
Mandarin Chinese), with a particular concentration on the use of certain
sentence adverbs as secondary predicates with pragmatic meaning. Other current research
interests include discourse, onomastics, and stylistics.