Dr. Aleka Akoyunoglou Blackwell

Professor

Dr. Aleka Akoyunoglou Blackwell
615-898-5960
Room 370, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • PHD, Boston University (1998)
  • AM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1991)
  • BS, Northwestern University (1989)

Biography

Aleka Akoyunoglou Blackwell joined the MTSU English department in 2001. She is the founder of the Annual MTSU Linguistics Olympiad (www.mtsu.edu/lo). She is currently a co-chair of the North American Computational Linguistics competition (www.nacloweb.org) and also serves as a coach for the US team at the International Linguistics Olympiad (https://ioling.org/). At MTSU, she was i...

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Aleka Akoyunoglou Blackwell joined the MTSU English department in 2001. She is the founder of the Annual MTSU Linguistics Olympiad (www.mtsu.edu/lo). She is currently a co-chair of the North American Computational Linguistics competition (www.nacloweb.org) and also serves as a coach for the US team at the International Linguistics Olympiad (https://ioling.org/). At MTSU, she was instrumental in the creation of the interdisciplinary minor in Linguistic Studies as well as the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Literacy Studies. Dr. Blackwell teaches courses in introductory linguistics, syntactic theory, lexical semantics, lexicography, and English grammar. Her research explores lexical acquisition, the structure of the mental lexicon, and vocabulary assessment.

Recent Publications

Blackwell, A. A. (2019). A cluster analysis approach to assessing vocabulary and targeting intervention. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon, 1, e103. https://doi.org/10.7939/r3-7t3m-c874 

Blackwell, A. A. & Flipse, J. (2019). An item-response theory analysis of the Verb Subordinates Test. Selected Papers on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from 23rd ISTAL, Thessaloniki 31 March – 2 April 2017, 45-59.  https://doi.org/10.26262/istal.v23i0.7320

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