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Domenica DelPrete

Lecturer in Communications and Liberal Studies

Dr. Domenica (Donna) L. DelPrete is a trained discourse analyst who studies the patterns of conversational interaction in everyday talk. Through a microanalysis of the fine grain details that occupy each turn of our talk, Donna unearths how conversations lead to successful (or not so successful) interactional outcomes. She has presented her research at academic conferences throughout the United States and in Europe, and has taught courses and workshops on interpersonal/intercultural communication and communication in organizational settings. She holds an M.A. in Italian literature from Boston College, and Ed.M and Ed.D degrees in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University. Donna is also the co-founder of The Institute for Effective Communication, which trains individuals to develop a deeper understanding of their own conversational patterns so they may recognize the cues that make or break interpersonal communication.

More About Me

In my free time, I enjoy writing, traveling to Europe, and strolling through Manhattan observing (and taking field notes on) social interaction. I am currently working on a proposal for a book about mother-adolescent daughter conversations based on my dissertation with Dr. Leslie M. Beebe, professor emeritus, at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Research Interests

Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication

Communication in Organizational Settings

Family Interaction 

Discourse Analysis

Representative Courses

Teamwork Through Meetings

Advance Psychology of Communication

Negotiation Skills

Publications

Text and Context: The Role of Context in Discourse Analysis, (Co-Editor) The ForumWorking Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, 2010, Vol. 10, No, 1.

 Family as Context, (with Rebekah Johnson) The Forum, Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, 2010, Vol. 10, No, 1.

 Academic Life and Motherhood: A Skillful Balancing Act, The Forum, Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, 2009, Vol. 9, No, 1.

 Cultural Difference or Male Dominance? (Re)adjusting the Lens on the Maternal Image in Language Socialization Practices,” The Forum, Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, 2008, Vol. 8, No, 2.

 An Interactional Sociolinguistics Perspective, The Forum, Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 2.

 Cross Cultural Humor and Pragmatic Teaching. (with Anita Huang), Idiom, Summer, 2005.

Supplement text to Prego! adapted at Montclair State University (contributing author).

Presentations / Conferences

Nips and Bites: Teasing and Problematizing in Family Interaction. Individual Paper presented at AAAL Annual Conference, Portland, OR, March 2017.

 (Dis)harmony in Family Talk: How Maternal Roles and Discursive Strategies Affect Relational and Interactional Outcomes in Mothers and Daughters. Poster Session at AAAL Annual Conference, Portland, OR, March 2017.

 Gendered Discourses and Competing Cultural Views in an Italian-American Family’s Talk about Travel and World Exploration. Paper Presented at CERLIS 2016 (Centro di Ricerca sui Linguaggi Specialistici), Bergamo, Italy, June 2016.

 Managing Maternal Blaming in Mother-Adolescent Daughter Interaction: Discursive Strategies of Resistance and Acquiescence. Individual paper presented at the AAAL Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2016.

 “Good mother that you are!”: Managing Maternal Blaming in Mother-Adolescent Daughter Discourse. Paper presented at the IV Conference on Culture, Language, and Social Practice (CLASP), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, October, 2015.

 Enhancing (Meta)Pragmatic Awareness in the Classroom. Workshop at Southeast TESOL (SETESOL) Conference, New Orleans, LA, October, 2015.

 Negotiating Topic Boundaries and Reaffirming Roles within the Family Context: An Exploration of Mother-Daughter Discourse. Paper presented at 14th International Pragmatics Conference Antwerp, Belgium, July 2015.

 Negotiating Topic Boundaries and Reaffirming Roles: An Exploration of Mother-Adolescent Daughter Discourse. Paper presented at the University of Texas Graduate Student Conference in Linguistics & TESOL: Arlington, TX, February, 2015.

 “What are you doing?”: Exploring Mother-Adolescent Daughter (Dis)harmonious Discourse, Paper presented at AAAL Annual Conference, Portland, OR, March 2014.

 Family Discourse: Women’s Roles and Empowerment, NYSTESOL Annual Winter Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 2007.

 Multiple Choice Tests and Communicative Language Teaching: Designing Effective Tests, AATI Conference, Washington, DC, October 2005.

 Intercultural Humor and Pragmatic Teaching, NYSTESOL, Syracuse, NY, October, 2004.

 Flouting and Humor in American and Taiwanese Sitcoms: Universal or Cultural Specific? NYSTESOL, Pace University, April 2004.