Brian Butler

Associate Director

brian@sustc.edu.cn
Staff Bio

EDUCATION

2012 Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Oregon. Advisor: Eric Pederson

1998 M.A. in Religion, summa cum laude, Emmanuel School of Religion

1992 B.A. in Cross-cultural studies and Religious studies (double major), summa cum laude, Pacific Christian College

WORK EXPERIENCE

2017-present Associate director for Center for Language Education

2005-2017 Instructor, American English Institute, University of Oregon

(2005-2012 as Graduate Teaching Fellow Instructor, 2013-2015 as Adjunct Instructor, 2015-2016 as Career-track Instructor)

2007-2011 Teaching Assistant, Linguistics Department, University of Oregon

2004-2005 Adjunct Faculty, World Languages Department, Brookhaven College (Dallas, TX)

2005 Associate Faculty, Collin County Community College (Plano, TX)

1998-2001 EFL Instructor, English L-School (Ueda, Japan)

PUBLICATIONS

1.“Insights into student listening from paused transcription.” Co-authored with Beth Sheppard. Submitted to CATESOL Journal.

2.“Acoustic correlates of obstruent voicing distinctions in Yangon Burmese (Yangon Myanmar).” Provisionally accepted, pending revisions, to the Journal of the International Phonetic Association.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

1.“Error Appreciation: Using Listening Errors to Discover What Students Hear,” (co-presented with Beth Sheppard), 2017 International TESOL Convention, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington, USA, March 21-24, 2017.

2.“Bottom-Up Listening Skills in IEP Students Speech Pronunciation and Listening,” (poster session, co-presented with Beth Sheppard), 2017 International TESOL Convention, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, Washington, USA, March 21-24, 2017.

3.“Error Appreciation: Using Listening Errors to Discover What Students Hear” (co-presented with Beth Sheppard), 2016 ORTESOL Fall Conference, Portland, Oregon, USA, Portland Community College Sylvania campus, November 18-19, 2016.

4.“A Semantic Map Approach to English Articles (a, the, and Ø),” 46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Split University, Croatia, September 18-21, 2013.

5.“Tonogenetic Sound Change in Burmese: An Acoustic Study of Burmese Obstruent Voicing Contrasts,” 15th Himalayan Languages Symposium, University of Oregon, July 30-August 1, 2009.

6.“Acoustic Features of Obstruent Voicing Contrasts in Burmese,” 18th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia, May 21-22, 2008.