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Linguistics Faculty

Name and PositionResearch Interests
Alan Beretta
Professor of Linguistics
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Karthik Durvasula
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Phonology and phonetics
Mutsuko Endo Hudson
Professor of Linguistics and Japanese
Discourse, pragmatics, Japanese linguistics and Japanese pedagogy
Yen-Hwei Lin
Professor of Linguistics
Phonology, phonology-phonetics interface, phonology-morphology interface and Chinese phonology
Marcin Morzycki
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Director of Graduate Studies
Semantics, syntax and their interface
Alan Munn
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Syntactic theory, the syntax-semantics interface and psycholinguistics

Deo Ngonyani
Associate Professor of Linguistics and African Languages

Morphosyntax, Bantu languages, historical linguistics and language in education

Cristina Schmitt
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Syntax, syntax-semantics interface, comparative syntax and language acquisition
Suzanne Evans Wagner
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Sociolinguistics and historical linguistics


Faculty with primary appointments in other departments

Name and PositionResearch Interests
Laura Dilley
Assistant Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Phonetics, role of pitch and timing cues in speech perception; factors affecting the development of speech and language skills
Denise Troutman
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Discourse analysis, women and language, African American women and language practices and African American English


Retired faculty

Name and Position                                 Research Interests
Barbara Abbott
Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Philosophy
Semantics, pragmatics and philosophy of language
Julia S. Falk
Professor Emerita of Linguistics
History of Linguistics
Grover Hudson
Professor Emeritus of Linguistics
Phonology, adult language acquisition and Ethiopian and Afroasiatic linguistics
Carol Myers-Scotton
Adjunct of Professor of Linguistics
Sociolinguistics and language contact


Faculty in related fields

Many faculty members in other programs and departments offer courses relevant to linguistics, and some occasionally serve on Linguistics graduate student guidance committees. These programs and departments include TESOL, Second Language StudiesRomance and Classical Studies, Psychology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Computer Science and Engineering, among others. Many students also work closely with faculty in other areas of the Cognitive Science Program, of which the Linguistics Program is a central component.