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Joseph Trotta


Joseph Trotta
Akademisk grad: Docent,
031-786 1477

Rumsnummer: H726
Postadress: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Besöksadress: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 41256 Göteborg

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Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Besöksadress: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 412 56 Göteborg

Om Joseph Trotta

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I am an expatriate American who has been living in Sweden since 1986. I started my studies in English at Gothenburg University in 1989 and received my PhD in English Linguistics in 1998. My PhD dissertation, ‘Wh-clauses in English: Aspects of Theory and Description’ was well-received and subsequently published by an international publisher (Rodopi BV). I have held posts at Halmstad University College (senior lecturer, 1998-2002), The City University of New York, Graduate Center (visiting fellow, 2004), returning to Gothenburg University in 2005 where I am now senior lecturer in English Language.

I am a linguist with a strong footing in both empirical and theoretical approaches to language. Much of my work so far has focused on ‘descriptive-oriented theory’ in tackling specific questions about English grammar and syntax. Research of this type attempts to incorporate generative theory and modern descriptive grammar into a theoretically-unaligned approach, using theory-oriented ideas to justify description and vice versa, i.e. using empirical corpus data to support or refute theoretical claims.

Though my work has primarily concerned syntax, I am a scholar with many interests and eclectic tastes, which include, among other things, semantics, sociolinguistics, urban dialectology, semiotics and computer-mediated conversation. At present, I am especially interested in Popular Culture and the use of English in popular media such as film, TV, the internet, music, magazines, tabloids, ads, online games, etc. Several projects in this exciting field are in progress and I have also developed an elective course on this subject which is regularly offered to C-level students in Gothenburg.

I have roughly 20 years’ experience teaching university students in Sweden. At both Gothenburg University and Halmstad University I have taught a wide range of different undergraduate and graduate courses, chiefly on English language and linguistics. I believe in and practice many of the newest methods based on student-centered learning and dialogic teaching strategies. Group processes are essential in this approach and my goal is to advance students’ critical thinking by challenging them to reach to the best of their ability, while at the same time offering a supportive learning environment. In all my teaching, I set clear, high-level course objectives and develop assignments which measure these objectives. Though I am firmly convinced of the need of the individual to learn independently, I am not an ‘absolutist’ in my beliefs on student-centered learning. In my view, the most valuable lesson students can learn about the learning process is that knowledge is not ever just the transmission of information but instead involves a number of factors, one of which being an effective and open dialog between the learner and the teacher.

Senaste publikationer

Every city has a voice: Putting the urban back into urban dialectology
Joe Trotta
Captured by the City: Perspectives in Urban Culture Studies / edited by Blagovesta M. Momchedjikova, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars, Kapitel i bok 2013
Kapitel i bok

What Meatloaf won't do for love: A catalog of mystery, imagination and linguistic rebellion in popular music
Joe Trotta
Language, Football and All that Jazz: A Festschrift for Sölve Ohlander / Gunnar Bergh, Rhonwen Bowen & Mats Mobärg (eds.), Göteborg, Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, Kapitel i bok 2013
Kapitel i bok

Time, Tense and Aspect in Nonstandard English: An Overview
Joe Trotta
Tid och tidsförhållanden i olika språk, Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Kapitel i bok 2011
Kapitel i bok

Image-based Online Communication: Observations on the Status of Images as Linguistic Constituentss in Computer-mediated Communication
Joe Trotta, Markus Danielson
McLuhan Galaxy Conference: Understanding Media, Today, Paper i proceeding 2011
Paper i proceeding

Game done changed: A look at selected AAVE features in the TV series The Wire
Joe Trotta, Oleg Blyahher
Moderna Språk, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2011
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Whose Rules Rule?: Grammar Controversies, Popular Culture and the Fear of English from Below
Joe Trotta
Nordic Journal of English Studies, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2010
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Comments on Vacuous Subject Movement
Joe Trotta
An international master of syntax and semantics : papers presented to Aimo Seppänen on the occasion of his 75th birthday / edited by Gunnar Bergh, Jennifer Herriman & Mats Mobärg, Göteborg, Göteborg University, Kapitel i bok 2004
Kapitel i bok

Bada-bing! A look at the language of The Sopranos
Joe Trotta
Moderna Språk, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2003
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Webheads, Googlewhackers and Anosmiacs
Joe Trotta
Moderna Språk, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2002
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

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The wh- + that pattern in present-day English
Joe Trotta, Aimo Seppänen
Corpora Galore, Paper i proceeding 2000
Paper i proceeding

Wh-clauses in English: Aspects of Theory and Description
Joe Trotta
Amsterdam & Atlanta, Rodopi, Bok 2000


Language corpora and the internet: A joint linguistic resouce
Gunnar Bergh, Aimo Seppänen, Joe Trotta
Exporations in Corpus Linguistics, Paper i proceeding 1998
Paper i proceeding

Ethnolinguistic identity in non-standard metropolitan New York dialects
Joe Trotta
The major varieties of English papers from MAVEN 97, Paper i proceeding 1998
Paper i proceeding




On the so-called complex prepositions
Aimo Seppänen, Rhonwen Bowen, Joe Trotta
Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 1994
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift


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