Publishing clearinghouse: ‘Aspects of Language Development,’ ‘Black Cultural Mythology’

New books

“Aspects of Language Development in an Intensive English Program” (Routledge, March 2020) by Alan Juffs, professor in the Department of Linguistics and director of the English Language Institute

This book tracks the development of specific language abilities in an Intensive English Program (IEP) longitudinally and highlights the implications of this particular study’s findings for future IEP implementation and practice and English as a second language and second language acquisition research. The volume draws on many years’ worth of data from learners at an IEP at the University of Pittsburgh to explore selected aspects of language development, including lexical, grammatical, speaking,and writing abilities, in addition to placement assessment practices and student learning outcomes. A concluding chapter points to the ways in which these findings can be applied to decision making around IEP curriculum development and the future role of IEPs in higher education more broadly.


“Black Cultural Mythology” (SUNY Press, April 2020) by Christel Temple, associate professor of Africana Studies, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

The book offers a new conceptual framework rooted in mythological analysis to ground the field of Africana cultural memory studies. “Black Cultural Mythology” retrieves the concept of “mythology” from its Black Arts Movement origins and broadens its scope to illuminate the relationship between legacies of heroic survival, cultural memory, and creative production in the African diaspora.


The University Times welcomes information about new books, journals, plays and musical compositions written or edited by faculty and staff.

Newly published works can be submitted through this link. Please keep the book descriptions short and accessible to a general audience.

Journals should be peer-reviewed. Self-published works will not be accepted. The listings also are restricted to complete works, because individual chapters, articles, works of art and poems would be too numerous.

We’ll also be highlighting some books and book talks with connections to Pitt.

If you have any questions, please contact editor Susan Jones at or 412-648-4294.