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Paul Wylie Kilpatrick

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Office Phone: 724-847-6751

Degrees Received

  • Ph.D. Linguistics, 1983, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. Linguistics, 1980, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. English, 1971, Geneva College
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1973 & 1974, University of Washington
  • Linguistic Society of America, 1977, University of Illinois-Urbana


  • "Philosophical concerns about interpreting AASCB assurance of learning standards" JMI, forthcoming.
  • "Ethical and Practical Limitations to Assessment" IBAM Proceedings, Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, November 2006.
  • "In Defense of the Vulgar" IBAM Proceedings, Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, November 2001.
  • "Untouched Curricula: Metaphor as a non-intrusive discovery device" Faculty Luncheon Series, Geneva College, March 2001.
  • "Integrated Course Work: Puerto Rico 2000" Society for Integrated Studies, Portland, Oregon, October, 2000.
  • "ESL Methods in the Chinese Classroom" Guangzhou English Teachers, October 1, 1998.
  • "Simultaneous Speech and Conversational Styles" Northern Territory University, Invited to the Summer Linguistics Series, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia,  June 24, 1997
  • "Functions of Simultaneous Speech" Invited to the Top End Linguistics Circle, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia, July 4, 1997
  • "Features Used in Separation of Simultaneous Speech Input" 10th World Congress of the
  • International Association of Applied Linguistics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 9-13, 1993       
  • "Simultaneous Speech in Puerto Rican Spanish Conversation" 9th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics, Thessaloniki, Greece, April 15-21, 1990
  • "Language Learning and Learning Styles" Invited Presentation, Language Learning Conference, Summer Institute of Linguistics, Dallas, Texas, November 28 – December 1, 1989
  • "A Model for Conversation Comprehension" University of Pittsburgh, October 14, 1988
  • "Turn and Control in Puerto Rican Spanish Conversation" ED269 983 ERIC 1986
  • "An A-Frame Model for Metaphor" IEEE Proceedings of the International Conference on Cybernetics and Society, 1982

Current Projects

  • Metaphor and its implications for learning and discussions of knowledge.
    Pre- 17th century writers were not as interested in propositionalizing the semantic content of metaphors into "The metaphor 'x is a y' literally means 'p'" type statements.  Rather there was what could now be called a "possible world" creation that dealt with the concept "What would the world be like if x were y?" I am conducting research on what this older view of metaphor would mean for contemporary scholarship.
  • Simultaneous speech
    I am working on digitizing speech segments and mixing them, controlling for a variety of factors such as fº, amplitude, pause length and location, and old versus new information to discover what enhances and inhibits comprehension during multi-channel input (simultaneous speech) such as is common in Puerto Rican Spanish, a wide range of South Amerinidian language groups and many varieties of non-standard English.
  • Integration of curriculum
    The word 'integrate' is cognate with 'intact' or 'untouched' ('in-' meaning "not" and 'tact' as in 'tactile' related to touch.)  I have organized a course offered every spring that brings together 10+/- faculty members from a wide range of disciplines (e.g. engineering, ecology, astronomy, biochemistry, psychology, sociology, literature, art, music) to study a particular place/people group. Given my years of teaching at the University of Puerto Rico, I initially used Puerto Rico as our focus. We study the various disciplines as they relate or find relevance in Puerto Rico. During spring break, faculty and staff travel to Puerto Rico and tour the island seeing first-hand many of the things, events and people that we have been studying in the classroom. It has been a very successful and popular class both with students and faculty. We have recently added Arizona, Ireland and are planning courses for Vietnam, China, South Africa and Russia.