College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Nancy Bell
Associate Professor




Nancy Bell teaches courses in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and linguistics, as well as courses in academic literacy for students who use English as a second language. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Educational Linguistics. Before coming to WSU, she taught for four years at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Recent Publications

(2012). Formulaic language, creativity, and language play in a second language. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 32, 189-205.

(2012). Comparing playful and non-playful incidental attention to form. Language Learning, 62(1), 236-265.

(2011). Humor scholarship and TESOL: Applying findings and establishing a research agenda. TESOL Quarterly, 45(1), 134-159.

(2009). Responses to failed humor. Journal of Pragmatics, 41: 1825-1836. 

(2009). A Student's Guide to the MA TESOL. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2007). Humor comprehension: Lessons learned from cross-cultural interaction. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research, 20(4): 367-387.

(2005). Exploring L2 language play as an aid to SLL: A case study of humour in NS-NNS interaction. Applied Linguistics, 26(2): 192-218.


Research Interests

Her research interests center mainly on the discourse analytic investigation of conversational humor and language play, especially with respect to second language users. In addition, she is interested in second language teaching and learning, intercultural interaction, and the development of second language sociolinguistic competence.





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