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Lori Altmann, Ph.D.
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Lori Altmann (Ph.D. University of Southern California) is a linguist in the Department of  Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Her research interest lies in the field of neurogenics.

Theresa A. Antes, Ph.D.
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Theresa Antes (Ph.D. Cornell) is a linguist in the Department of Language, Literatures, and Cultures. Her research and teaching interests focus on second language acquisition, pedagogy, and French linguistics.

Helene Blondeau, Ph.D.
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Helene Blondeau (Ph.D. Montreal) is a linguist in the Department of Language, Literatures, and Cultures. As a sociolinguist, her research interests encompass language variation and change as well as language contact and bilingualism. Her current research focuses on linguistic change in varieties of Canadian French.

Diana Boxer, Ph.D.
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Diana Boxer (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is a linguist in the Department of Linguistics. Her research interests encompass discourse analysis and pragmatics, second language acquisition, and sociolinguistics.

George Aaron Broadwell, Ph.D.
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George Aaron Broadwell (Ph.D. UCLA) is the Elling Eide Professor of Anthropology. He is a linguistic anthropologist with primary research interest in syntactic theory, language and cognition, and language documentation. His research focuses on American Indian languages, with research in Choctaw, Timucua, Copala Triqui, and Zapotec.

James Essegbey, Ph.D.
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James Essegbey (Ph.D. Leiden University) is a linguist in the Department of Language, Literatures, and Cultures. He is interested in descriptive, documentary and theoretical linguistics, especially in the domain of syntax, semantics and pragmatics; contact linguistics; language and culture; Kwa languages of West Africa, especially Gbe (i.e. Ewe, Gen, Aja and Fon), Akan, and Ghana-Togo Mountain languages, and creole studies. Lately, he has been working on the influence of the Gbe languages on Suriname creoles, and, more recently, the description and documentation of Nyangbo, one of the Ghana-Togo Mountain languages.

Paula Golombek, Ph.D.
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Paula Golombek (Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University) is the undergraduate coordinator for the Department of Linguistics. Her research interests include teacher professional development in L2 teacher education, the knowledge-base of L2 teacher education, and second language pedagogy.

Youssef Haddad, Ph.D.
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Youssef A. Haddad (Ph.D. University of Florida) is a linguist in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. His research focuses on syntactic theory, pragmatics, and the syntax-pragmatics interface.

Galia Hatav, Ph.D.
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Galia Hatav (Ph.D. Tel Aviv University) is a linguist in the Department of Linguistics. She is a specialist in semantics. Her current interests focus on conditional semantics and Biblical Hebrew.

Benjamin Hebblethwaite, Ph.D.
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Ben Hebblethwaite (Ph.D. Indiana University) is a linguist in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. His main interests in linguistics are syntax, code-switching, bilingualism, Creole studies, morphology, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. He is also interested in publishing important translations in bilingual or trilingual English/Haitian Creole/French editions.

Brent Henderson, Ph.D.
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Brent Henderson (Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) is a linguist in the Department of Linguistics. His primary research interests include syntactic theory, case and agreement, and Bantu languages. His other interests include Semitic languages and the acquisition of syntax.

Edith Kaan, Ph.D.
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Edith Kaan (Ph.D. University of Groningen, The Netherlands) is a linguist in the Department of Linguistics, with an additional affiliation at the McKnight Brain Institute. Her specialization is language processing and the brain, looking at native speakers as well as second-language learners. Her main focus is on language comprehension at the sentence level, although she is also interested in speech perception. She conducts experiments using various behavioral and brain imaging techniques, in particular, event-related brain potentials.

Gillian Lord, Ph.D.
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Gillian Lord (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University) is the Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Her teaching and research interests include Spanish linguistics, second language acquisition, acquisition of phonetics and phonology, and pedagogy.

Fiona McLaughlin, Ph.D.
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Fiona McLaughlin (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) is a linguist in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Language, Literatures, and Cultures. Her teaching and research involve African languages, phonology, morphology, and sociolinguistics.

Andrea Hoa Pham, Ph.D.
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Andrea Hoa Pham (Ph.D. University of Toronto) is a linguist in the Department of Language, Literatures, and Cultures. She teaches Vietnamese linguistics, culture, and language. Her research interests include Vietnamese phonology, gender and language, and sound change.

David Pharies, Ph.D.
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David Pharies (Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley) is the Associate Dean for Humanities for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His interests include Spanish and Romance linguistics and historical linguistics.

Eric Potsdam, Ph.D.
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Eric Potsdam (Ph.D. University of California at Santa Cruz) is the chair and the graduate coordinator for the Department of Linguistics. He specializes in syntax. His research interests include syntactic theory and Austronesian languages, particularly Malagasy.

Ratree Wayland, Ph.D.
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Ratree Wayland (Ph.D. Cornell University) is a linguist in the Department of Linguistics. Her teaching and research focus on acoustic phonetics, second language acquisition, comparative historical linguistics, south east Asian languages (Laotian, Thai, Khmer), and acquisition of tones by non-native speakers of tonal languages.

Ann Wehmeyer, Ph.D.
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Ann Wehmeyer (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is a member of the Department of Languages, Literature, and Culture. Her current interests involve Japanese language and culture, the history of linguistics, language in Japanese society, and the origins of linguistics in Japan.

Caroline Wiltshire, Ph.D.
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Caroline Wiltshire (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is a linguist in the Department of Linguistics. Her current teaching and research primarily involve phonological theory, second language acquisition,  and Dravidian, Tibeto-Burman, and Indian English phonology and phonetics.

Stefanie Wulff, Ph.D.
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Stefanie Wulff (Ph.D. University of Bremen) is a corpus linguist in the Department of Linguistics. Her research focuses on variation in native and learner language, student writing, and second language acquisition. Prof. Wulff is editor-in-chief of Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory (de Gruyter Mouton) and co-editor of the Cognitive Linguistics in Practice book series (John Benjamins).

Faculty Emeritus

Jean Casagrande, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus)
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Jean Casagrande (Ph.D. Indiana University) is a linguist who taught in both Linguistics (Syntactic Argumentation, History of Linguistics, Traditional Grammar) and in the Department of Romance Languages (French Phonetics, French Syntactic Structure). He served as Director of Linguistics (1976-79 and 84-95) and as Director of the English Language Institute (1984-2003). His current interest is on the French written and transcribed codes and their interface.

Chauncey C. Chu, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus)
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Chauncey C. Chu (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1970) taught syntactic theory, functional syntax and discourse grammar in Linguistics and Chinese culture, calligraphy, structure of Chinese in addition of the Chinese language at all levels in the former Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures (AALL). He served as director of the former Linguistics Program (1979-82) and as associate chair of AALL (1988-2002). His research interest focuses on functionalism and discourse.

M.J. Hardman, Ph.D. (Professor Emerita)
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M.J. Hardman (Ph.D. Stanford University) is an anthropological linguist. Her current interests include language and cultures, field methods, Jaqi languages, languages and gender, and language and violence.

Haig Der-Houssikian, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus)
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Haig Der-Houssikian (Ph.D. University of Texas in Austin) has interests in morphology, Swahili and Bantu linguistics, and the sociology of language in Africa. He also has interests in Western Armenian, his native language. He was Director of the Center for African Studies (1973-79), Director of the Linguistics Program on two occasions (1971-72, 1984-85), and Chair of the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures (1982-1991).

D. Gary Miller, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus)
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Gary Miller (Ph.D. Harvard University) has research interests in morphological theory; the syntactic history of Latin, Romance, and English; nonfinite structures; and etymology.

Roger Thompson, Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus)
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Roger Thompson (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) is a linguist who was also a member of the English Department. He was director of the graduate certificate in TESL. His current interests are language contact, second language acquisition, computer assisted instruction, TESL, and interaction and English structure.

Anne M. Wyatt-Brown, Ph.D. (Professor Emerita)
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Anne Wyatt-Brown (Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University) was Undergraduate Director, Linguistics, 2000-2003; Graduate Coordinator, Women Studies Program, 1996-98; the Director of Scholarly Writing, 1983-2003; and coordinator for LIN 2000, 1992-2003. From 2005-2010 she was co-editor of the Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts.