Maryann Overstreet

Maryann Overstreet

Maryann Overstreet

Associate Professor
Chair of German
Undergraduate Advisor

1890 East-West Road
Moore Hall 454
Honolulu  HI  96822

Phone: (808) 956-4172
Fax: (808) 956-9536


  • Ph.D. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
  • M.A. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Additional Study

  • Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München

Awards and Grants

  • Frances Davis Award for Undergraduate Teaching. University of Hawai‘i.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature.
  • Research Grants and Travel Awards: National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawai‘i Research Council and College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature.

Areas of Interest

Pragmatics, German Language, German as a Foreign Language, Discourse analysis, Conversation Analysis, Linguistic Categorization, Sociolinguistics, Language in its Social and Cultural Context



  • Overstreet, M. 1999. Whales, Candlelight, and Stuff Like That: General Extenders in English Discourse. New York: Oxford University Press.




  • Overstreet, M. Deutsche Kurzgeschichten: Mit Wortschatz und Grammatik Übungen (in progress)


  • Overstreet, M. 2011. Vagueness and hedging. In G. Andersen and K. Aijmer, Handbooks of Pragmatics: Pragmatics of Society. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 293-318.
  • Overstreet, M. 2010. Metapragmatics. In Louise Cumming (ed.), The Pragmatics Encyclopedia. New York: Routledge, 266-268.
  • Overstreet, M., Tran, J. and S. Zietze. 2006. Increasing Pragmatic Awareness: Die Vagheit der Sprache und so. Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 39 (1-2): 24-29.
  • Overstreet, M. 2005. And stuff und so: Investigating Pragmatic Expressions in English and German. Journal of Pragmatics, 37: 1845-1864.
  • Overstreet, M. and G. Yule. 2002. The metapragmatics of and everything. Journal of Pragmatics 34: 785-794.
  • Overstreet, M. and G. Yule. 2001. Formulaic Disclaimers. Journal of Pragmatics 33: 45-60.
  • Overstreet, M. and G. Yule. 1999. Fostering L2 Pragmatic Awareness. Applied Language Learning, 10:1-14.
  • Overstreet, M. and G. Yule. 1997a. Locally Contingent Categorization in Discourse. Discourse Processes, 23:83-97.
  • Overstreet, M. and G. Yule. 1997b. On Being Inexplicit and Stuff in Contemporary American English. Journal of English Linguistics, 25: 250-258.

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