Go to the top

Division of General Studies
Daehyun Nam

Assistant professor / UNIST


Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department of Literacy, Culture and Language Education
Indiana University, Bloomington
W.W. Wright School of Education Building #3044
201 N. Rose Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1006

Contact (click to send me a message)


Research interests, primary
Vocabulary learning strategies
Corpus-based language learning and its application to ESL/EFL reading and writing
Genre and discourse analysis through corpus in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Corpus linguistics

Research interests, secondary

Computational linguistics

Phonology, phonetics & speech processing

Russian linguistics

Ph.D. dissertation
Productive vocabulary knowledge and evaluation of ESL writing in corpus-based language learning (Chair: Dr. Larry Mikulecky, Members: Dr. Martha Nyikos, Dr. James Damico, & Dr. John Paolillo)
Recipient of the 2008 Grant-in-Aid Award, University Graduate School, Indiana University.
Recipient of the 2007 Achasa Beechler Outstanding Dissertation Proposal Award, School of Education, Indiana University.

Current research
Based on my independent research, A corpus-based analysis of the ESL learners’ responses to political news articles (2007), I am currently co-authoring and finalizing a manuscript with Dr. James Damico, tentatively titled “ESL reader responses to competing news articles: A corpus-based analysis” (Summer, 2009).
With Indiana Reading Academy Project (IRAP), I am exploring the impact of the inquiry projects upon the project participants, in-service teachers and coaches. My role for the research is to analyze asynchronous online discussion forum and the participants’ final reports to identify the patterns and themes in it. This is done within the phenomenological study framework and corpus-based text analysis method (Summer, 2009).
I am working on analyzing EFL learners’ vocabulary usage patterns. Twenty-four college-level Korean EFL learners’ expository writing samples, describing two different cultures, are analyzed. A corpus-based analysis is employed to identify the patterns of the vocabulary usages of the writing. Among the findings, the writers select pronouns differently depending on how they position themselves in the context of their writings (Since Fall, 2008).
Currently I am working on my dissertation, tentatively titled “Productive vocabulary knowledge of writing in corpus-based language learning”, exploring the effectiveness and efficacy of using corpus-based writing instruction in the areas of vocabulary knowledge, grammatical knowledge, and writing discourse changes of ESL learners (Since Fall, 2007).

Publications & Presentations
Nam, D. (under review). Searching for nativespeakerness: A case study of two Korean-English bilinguals. Bilingual Research Journal.
Nam, D. & Damico, J. (under review). ESL reader responses to competing news articles: A corpus-based analysis. English Text Construction.
Hines, M. B., Morrison, J., Nam, D., & Park, R. (under review). Using practitioner inquiry in large-scale educational reform: The cultivation of a data-rich school culture. Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research.
Hines, M. B., Morrison, J., Park, R., & Nam, D. (2009, June). Using action research in large-scale educational reform: Teachers as producers, not consumers of educational inquiry. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH. [slides (pptx)]
Nam, D. (2008, June). Searching for nativespeakerness: A case study of two Korean-English bilinguals. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH. [poster (pdf)]
Nam, D. (2008, June). ESL Writers’ Vocabulary choices in cultural contrasts. Paper presented at the Symposium on Second Language Writing 2008 (SSLW 2008). Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. [slides (ppt) ]
Nam, D. (2008, February). A corpus-based analysis of EFL writers’ vocabulary usage. Paper presented at the Illinois TESOL-Bilingual Education (ITBE), 34th Annual Convention, Naperville, IL.
Hines, M.B., Conner, J., Campano, G., Damico, J., Enoch, M., & Nam, D. (2007). National mandates and statewide enactments: Inquiry in/to large-scale reform. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 6(3) 76-91. [pdf]
Nam, D. (2007, November). An analysis of news article and Taiwanese ESL reader response: A corpus-based approach. Poster session presented at the INTESOL 2007 Annual Conference, Carmel, IN. [handout (pdf) | poster (ppt)]
Nam, D. (2007, September). A corpus-based analysis of the ESL learners’ responses to political news articles. Paper presented at the 12th SLED Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. [slides (pdf)]
Nam, D. (2007, February). Nativespeakerness and literacy. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. [abstract (pdf)| slides (pdf)]
Thinsan, S., Lee, E.-H., & Nam, D. (2006, March). Challenges and opportunities for ESP/ESL e-teachers. Paper presented at the 40th Annual International Convention of TESOL, Tampa, FL.
Nam, D. (1999). A study of Russian yers’ surface forms by constraint-based approach: Based on declarative phonology, Korean Journal of Russian Language and Literature, 11(2) 49-82.

Nam, D. (in preparation). A corpus-based analysis of EFL writers’ vocabulary usage.
Nam, D. (2005). A study of reception and production of EFL vocabulary [abstract (pdf)]
Nam, D. and Wang, S.-Y. (2004). Collocation acquisition/learning through online dictionary and web-based concordancer [abstract (pdf)]
Oh, S.-T. & D. Nam (2000). Autosegmental Representation in a Declarative Constraint-based Framework (Korean translation).

Critical Web Reader
A comprehensive set of Web-based literacy and technology tools designed to guide teachers and students to engage strategically with Web-based texts and technologies.
Indiana Reading Academy Project, IRAP
A reading academy project for Indiana Reading First participants who are taking part in the project for course credit or professional development through Indiana University [project’s home]



“push the edge of knowledge and show me the evidence”
-Larry Mikulecky (from his lecture in L700 Seminar on Language Education Research)
“…there’s no crying in research…”
-from the conversation with Larry Mikulecky; obviously adopted from the movie, A League of Their Own
Research Methods
Research Methods Knowledge Base
A comprehensive web-based textbook that addresses all of the topics in social research methods
Qualitative Research
The individuals involved in the research situation construct reality; thus, reality exists in the form of multiple mental constructions. The purpose of research is understanding of what things mean to others; highly generalizable laws can never be found (rephrased from Fraenkel & Wallen, 2000, p.434).
“When I was young, my grandmother had a plant by the window. She knew everything about the plant by simply observing it everyday. She neither used random samples nor control and experimental groups to know about the plant.”
-Frederick Erickson (roughly paraphrased from his keynote address at the 28th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania)
Paper submission guideline for the Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research (JEQR)
This is an exemplary instruction of how your write qualitative research paper for publication. Also, their evaluation rubric is helpful to see on what bases your manuscripts are reviewed.
Quantitative Research
There exists a reality out there, independent of us, waiting to be known. The task of science is to discover the nature of reality and how it works relying on empirical data, reason, and the development of scientific laws. The purpose of research is to explain and be able to predictrelationships; the ultimate goal is the development of laws that make prediction possible (rephrased from Fraenkel & Wallen, 2000, p.434).
“I believe that I shall succeed in having it recognized…that there are laws as well-defined for the development of the human species as for the fall of a stone.” -Auguste Comte, a positivist
Quantitative Methods in Linguistics
e-Handbook of Statistical Methods
The R Project for Statistical Computing
Two Notable Research Characters
Adrian Monk in Monk, the qualitative
Charlie Eppes in NUMB3RS, the quantitative

Protection of Human Subjects at Indiana University (Bloomington)
Protection of Human Subjects
Definition of Human Subjects, Research, Non-Research, Existing Data, and Risk
Human Subjects Protection Tutorial and Test

Research Grant Proposal Writing
Art of Writing Proposals
Proposal Writing Short Course
Grant Proposal Writing Tips
Corpus Linguistics & Vocabulary

Gateway to Corpus Linguistics
Assessing Development of Advanced Proficiency through Learner Corpora, CALPER
The VLC Web Concordancer
Online KWIC Concordancer (Business Letter Corpus)
KWiC Finder
KWIC Concordancer
A Corpus Worker’s Toolkit (ACWT)
Discourse analysis software tools
Chinese and English text processing
Project Gutenberg
Learner Corpora
The British Academic Written English Corpus (BAWE)
The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
Still growing
with web-based concordancer function
Visualized text with tag cloud


Bibliography of Linguistic Literature
A trial linguistics database which has 300,000 citations, with 10,000 added annually. Articles in journals and collected studies are included from fields of general linguistics, English, Romance languages, and German and other languages to a lesser degree. Some overlap with the linguistics database LLBA (Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts), but also much unique content not in LLBA . The search interface is currently in German.

ACL Anthology
A digital archive of research papers in computational linguistics

Universal Database of Russian Newspapers
The full-text files of 39 of the most influential Russian newspapers are accessible online for browsing and keyword searching.” Titles include Argumenty i fakty, Itogi, Izvestiia, Krasnaia zvezda, Literaturnaia gazeta, Sankt-Peterburgskie vedomosti, Zavtra, and many others. Archival access goes back to 1996 depending on the individual title. Social Sciences and Humanities provides access to the contents of all lending Russian periodicals on social sciences and humanities (so-called “thick journals”), such as journals from the Russian Academy of Sciences, popular literary editions, and independent scholarly publications. Full-text and full-image content of print editions is reproduced with original pagination.
Keyword Searches available in Russian, English or, transliterated Russian
Download phonetic keyboard

Conferences schedule (roughly by month)

*Conferences usually calls for papers at least 8-10 months earlier than the scheduled conference dates.
August/September: SSLW (Symposium on Second Language Writing)
September: SLRF (Second Language Research Forum) 2007
October: AAACL (American Association of Applied Corpus Linguistics)
November: INTESOL (Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
November: IFLTA (Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association)
November: ACTFL (American Council of the Teachers of Foreign Languages)
February: NABE (National Association for Bilingual Education)
March/April: TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
March/April/May: AAAL (American Association for Applied Linguistics)
April: Central States (Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
April: AERA (American Educational Research Association)
May: ILTE (International Conference on Language Teacher Education)
June, SSLW (Symposium on Second Language Writing)
June, EQRC (Ethnographic and Qualitative Conference)
July, every odd year: Corpus Linguistics 2007
A schedule of Computational Linguistics Conferences

Programming Languages

Python programming language
Python Tutorial
Python for Linguists
Natural Language Toolkit
NLTK-Lite Tutorials
Charming Python: Get started with the Natural Language Toolkit
Regular Expression HOWTO
WebProgramming-PythonInfo Wiki

Perl programming language
O’Reilly Perl Cookbook
O’Reilly Advanced Perl Programming
Perl regular expression


Surviving and Thriving in Academia
A ‘survival guide’ for new faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, and it is a useful guide for anyone considering a career in academia. It is intended specifically for psychologists, it provides relevant information to scholars in most disciplines, related to the tenure and promotion process, how to best strategize to achieve tenure, how negotiate for what you need, and much more.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Search Guide
Chronicle RSS News Feeds
E-mail Alerts

Calls & Conferences
Mailing lists and RSS



2010 Ph.D. Language Education (ESL/EFL)
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2004 M.A. Linguistics (Computational Linguistics)
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

1999 M.A. Russian Linguistics (Phonology)
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea

1996 B.A. Russian
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea

Daehyun Nam