Areas of Interest
Linguistics (syntax, history, cognition and linguistics, language acquisition and learning, evolution of language, English grammar); the language of children’s literature; language and power; English Medieval Language and Literature.
At work on a book on sociolinguistic schools of thought shaping American children’s books. Each chapter will describe an idea of what a child is, and what kind of language a child needs to become what it should be. Currently writing a chapter on two deeply conflicted schools of psychology (physicalism vs. pragmaticism) that together produced the here-and-now experimental approach of the Bureau of Educational Experiments in NYC, with writers such as Lucy Sprague Mitchell, Margaret Wise Brown, Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt, and (believe it or not) Gertrude Stein. It all makes sense if you discover the background.
Thiede, Ralf. 1983. A Black English/Standard English interim grammar in college composition: A case study. Transactions of the Missouri Academy of Science 17:171-80. online
Thiede, Ralf. 1992. Lexical Transformations and the Mapping of English Ditransitives. The National Kaohsiung Normal University Journal of English Literature and Language 1 (December): 104-18.
Thiede, Ralf. 1993. Review of Neurolinguistics: Historical and theoretical perspectives, by Charles Pierre Bouton. Language 69:409-10. JSTOR
Thiede, Ralf. 1994. Friedens- und Konfliktforschung: Aktuelle Fachtermini in Deutsch und Englisch. Lebende Sprachen 1994.4:156-57. online
Davis, Boyd, and Ralf Thiede. 2000. Writing into Change: Style Shifting in Asynchronous Electronic Discourse. Ch. 5 of Network-Based Language Teaching: Concepts and Practice, ed. Mark Warschauer and Richard Kern. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Google Books preview
Thiede, Ralf. 2006. Lexical Classification and Pragmatic Licensing of Mandarin B.A..Southern Journal of Linguistics 27.1/2 (2003): 1-38.
Thiede, Ralf. 2007. MERGE and Information Management. Human Sciences 55 (2007): 57-70. online
Thiede, Ralf. 2009. Stylistics and Syntax: Exploitation of Mixed Systems in English.Southern Journal of Linguistics 33.2:72-91. NC Docks Open Access
Thiede, Ralf. 2012. Linguistics and children’s literature. Southern Journal of Linguistics36.2: 1-9.
Thiede, Ralf, 2012. Special issue: ‘Linguistics and Child Literature,’ Southern Journal of Linguistics. With articles by Theofil Husar, Brittany A. Stone, Elizabeth Tingley, and Julie Wright.
Davis, Boyd, Ralf Thiede, and Mary K. Smith. 2013. Cross-cultural socialization into a common profession: Exploring how nursing students in Taiwan and in the U.S. narrate professional Identity. Crossroads (University of Bialystok) 1:6-23. online
Thiede, Ralf. 2015. Review of Entranced by Story: Brain, Tale and Teller, from Infancy to Old Age by Hugh Crago. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 40.1:85-88. online
Thiede, Ralf. 2018. Review of Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century by Maryanne Wolf. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 43.4:487-91. online
Thiede, Ralf. 2019. Children’s Books, Brain Development, and Language Acquisition. New York: Routledge, 250 pp. link (UNCC access only) Reviewed by Hugh Crago, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 44.4 (Winter): 451-53.
Thiede, Ralf. 2019. Synesthetic entrainment in interactive reading sessions of children’s books. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 44.4 (Winter): 381-400. link (UNCC access only)
Thiede, Ralf, and Daniel Boisvert. 2020. Language, Mind, and Power: Why we Need Linguistic Equality. London: Routledge. link (UNCC access only)
Thiede, Ralf. under review. Finite and Non-finite how come: The Michael Montgomery Collection. Southern Journal of Linguistics. (manuscript)
Charlotte Teacher Institute