Department of English
397-1873 East Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z1 Canada

Telephone: (604)822-5509
Fax: (604)822-6906
e-mail: Leslie.Arnovick@ubc.ca


Biographical Information


  • University of California, Berkeley. Ph.D. (English), 1986.
  • University of California, Davis. A.B. with Honors (English), 1979.

Teaching and Research Fields

  • Historical Pragmatics: Diachronic Pragmatics
  • History and Structure of the English Language
  • Old and Middle English Language and Literature
  • Chaucer
  • Orality and Oral Tradition
  • Survey of English Literature, Medieval to Modern
  • Introductory Linguistics
  • Business and Technical Writing

Professional Affiliations

  • International Pragmatics Association.
  • International Society for Historical Linguistics
  • Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Medieval Association of the Pacific
  • Modern Language Association
  • New Chaucer Society
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association

Professional Service

  • Associate Head Undergraduate (English), 2014-2017
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 1998-present.
  • Advisory Council, Medieval Association of the Pacific, 2002-05.
  • Executive Committee, Division on Language Change, Modern Language Association, 1997-2002.
  • Representative (Division on Language Change), Delegate Assembly, Modern Language Association, 1999-2001.