Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Sheila Dooley

Second Advisor

Dr. Pamela Anderson-Mejias

Third Advisor

Dr. John O. Foreman


Theoretical linguistics is an area of English study focusing on the abstract components of language: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. By 11th and 12th grade, students in the United States have been tested on linguistic concepts, as per state examination standards. English Language Arts teachers can introduce theoretical linguistic investigation and terms to their students, but this is not happening. The paper reviews why theoretical linguistic analysis is not thoroughly implemented in classrooms, successful classroom linguistic investigation in other countries and some U.S., and how linguistic investigation can be part of classroom curriculum. The research incorporates survey data from Rio Grande Valley ELA educators on their perceptions on linguistics a science, the usefulness of linguistics in the classroom, the desire to teach linguistics, and environmental factors that play a role in linguistic education. Results show responses in agreement or toward agreement in all four perceptions.


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