Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff


K. Aaron Smith

Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Office Address: STV 409 B
Office Phone: (309) 438-3651
Office Hours: by appt.
Email: Contact K. Aaron Smith (kasmit3)
Website: Visit K. Aaron Smith’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG241.01Growth and Structure of the English Language T R 15:35 - 16:50CVA 0147
ENG400.01Independent Study   
ENG500.01Independent Study   
Teaching Interests:
Theoretical Linguistics
History of English

Research Interests:
History of English
Germanic Philology
Standardization of English
Ph.D. Linguistics, University of New Mexico, 2002
Selected Publications:

Smith, K. Aaron. 2011. "Grammaticalization". Language and Linguistics Compass 5/6: 367-380.

Smith, K. Aaron. 2009. "The History of Be Fixing To: Grammaticization, Sociolinguistic Distribution and Emerging Literary Spaces". English Today 97:25,1.

Smith, K. Aaron and Susan M. Kim. 2008.  "Fighting in Public: Approaches to Team Teaching HEL and Bridging English Studies". Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 16.1.

Smith, K. Aaron. 2007. "The Development of the English Progressive.” Journal of Germanic Linguistics 19:3, 205-241.

Smith, K. Aaron. 2007. "The Development of the English Progressive: A Felicitous Problem for the Teaching of HEL." Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching.

Smith, K. Aaron. 2007. "The Selection of HAVE and BE Auxiliaries: The Interaction of Grammar and Lexicon in the Mind." In Ral Aronovich (ed.) Auxiliary Selection, 207-219. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


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