Dr. Paul Müller

Associate Professor of English and Linguistics

Paul Muller

 

pmuller@liberty.edu
(434) 582-2084
DeMoss 4014 L

Education

  • B.A. (Linguistics) Cum Laude University of Tennessee. 1979
    • Honors Society - Eta Sigma Phi
  • M.A. (Linguistics) University of Texas at Arlington. 1984
    • Specialization: TESOL
  • Ph.D. (English) Louisiana State University. 1995
    • Linguistics 
    • Medieval Language & Literature

Biography

Having spent four of his adolescent years in Dutch schooling as a missionary kid, the young Mr. Müller’s course in life seemed destined to center on the study of language. Following a tour of duty in the Navy after high school, he took a B.A. in linguistics at the University of Tennessee, studying Greek and Hebrew, and then an M.A. in linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington, studying with the Summer Institute in Linguistics, the academic arm of Wycliffe Bible Translators. After teaching English as a second language for several years, Mr. Müller began his program for a Ph.D. in English at Louisiana State University, studying medieval English language and literature, linguistics, and the philosophy of language, and writing his dissertation on the oral performative voice in Beowulf.

Dr. Müller has taught at Liberty since 1991, and served as department chair for English and Modern Languages from ‘98 to ‘03, as program director for the B.A. in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language from ‘00 to ‘17, and as program director for the minor in Linguistics from ‘14 to ‘17. Dr. Müller has been married for 35 years and has one daughter. Besides these, his loves in life are all things medieval, the beauty of nature, classical music, chocolate ice cream, and a good story well told.

Scholarly Publications/Presentations

  • Presentation: “Story Telling and Speaker Meaning in Beowulf” 
    • Shenandoah Language and Linguistics Symposium, Spring ‘99
  • Moderator (Substitute), Special Session “Preformations of the Book in the Middle Ages” 
    • MLA, Washington, D.C., Fall ‘89
  • Chair, Audio-Visual Committee
    • LATESOL, Baton Rouge, LA, Spring ‘88
  • Presentation: “The Introduction to the Argumentative Essay”
    • LATESOL, New Orleans, LA, Spring ‘87
  • Presentation: “Story Telling and Speaker Meaning in Beowulf”
    • Shenandoah Language and Linguistics Symposium, Spring ‘99
  • Presentation: “Why We Tell Stories: Myth, Fairy Tale, Folktale, History, Short Story, Film”
    • New Covenant Schools, Annual Faculty Retreat, Spring ‘03
  • Presentation: “Toward a Pedagogically Motivated Rubric for Describing World Languages”
    • Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington. Kentucky, Spring ‘04
  • Presentation: “Cyberliteracy”
    • Liberty University. Center for Teaching Excellence, Fall ‘05

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Phonetics & Phonemics
  • Morphology & Syntax
  • World Languages
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Issues and Practices in TES/FL
  • Modern Grammar
  • History of the English Language
  • Etymology of English
  • Chaucer
  • Arthurian Legends
  • Old English Language & Literature
  • ESL

Interests

  • Theology
  • The unity of knowledge
  • The reason that God created the world: the Bride of Christ. (All the rest pale in comparison)
  • The fathomless wonder of the human experience, that man can appreciate goodness, truth, beauty
  • The complexities of language acquisition

Community & Christian Service

  • Communion supply and preparation at Rivermont EPC