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Amani Attia

University of Alexandria, Egypt; University College Dublin, Ireland

Arabic Language Coordinator and Arabic Language and Linguistics Certificate Advisor: the modern Arabic novel and modern critical theory

Shelome Gooden

PhD, The Ohio State University

Department chair of linguistics and associate professor of linguistics: Prosody and intonation, sociophonetics, language variation, language and dialect contact, pidgins and creoles sociolinguistics

Na-Rae Han

PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Robert Henderson Language Media Center director and lecturer in linguistics: Computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, NLP (natural language processing) methods for educational assessment and instruction

Alan Juffs

PhD, McGill University

Professor of Linguistics: Linguistic theory and second language acquisition, semantics-syntax correspondences, lexical semantics, second language sentence processing, Chinese linguistics, TEFL/TESOL, Intensive English Program Administration

Matthew Kanwit

PhD, Indiana University

Assistant professor of linguistics: Hispanic Linguistics focusing on the intersection of second language (L2) acquisition and sociolinguistic variation. L2 acquisition of variable morphosyntactic structures, the effect of study abroad on acquisition, and native-speaker morphosyntactic variation in Spanish.

Scott F. Kiesling

PhD, Georgetown University

Associate professor of linguistics and graduate advisor: Sociolinguistics, language and gender/ethnicity, language variation and change, discourse analysis, sociophonetics, Australian English, Western Pennsylvania dialect, acquisition of dialect

Dawn E. McCormick

PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Lecturer in linguistics and English Language Institute faculty: Classroom discourse, developmental teaching portfolios, student self-correction, computer-assisted language learning

Claude E. Mauk

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Less-Commonly-Taught Languages Center director and lecturer in linguistics: Phonetics, linguistics of signed languages, first language acquisition

Gregory Mizera

PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Lecturer & ELI Supervisor Second language acquisition, L2 oral production and fluency

Marta Ortega-Llebaria

PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington

Assistant professor of Hispanic linguistics: Intonation, acquisition of L2 prosody, laboratory approaches to the phonology of Catalan, Spanish and English, cross language speech perception and production.

Karen E. Park

DPhil, University of Oxford

Assistant professor of linguistics: Syntax, Lexical Functional Grammar, Austronesian languages, sociolinguistics, language change, language loss, and ethnobiology.

Jonathan Smart

PhD, Northern Arizona University

Lecturer in linguistics and university assessment coordinator: using corpora in language learning, computer-assisted language learning, second language writing.

Yasuhiro Shirai

PhD, University of California at Los Angeles

Professor of linguistics: Second language acquisition, first language acquisition, tense and aspect, cognitive models of language acquisition


Affiliated Faculty

Laura C. Brown

PhD, University of Michigan

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh. Ethnicity, Nationalism and the State, South Asia, Language and Culture

Richard Donato

PhD, University of Delaware

Associate professor of foreign language education, linguistics, and French, University of Pittsburgh: Applied linguistics, second and foreign language acquisition, early language learning, classroom discourse analysis, sociocultural theory

Paul J. Hopper

PhD, University of Texas

Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Carnegie Mellon University: Discourse analysis, discourse and grammar, Germanic languages, Indo-European, Austronesian

Barbara Johnstone

PhD, University of Michigan

Professor of rhetoric and linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University: Discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, rhetoric

Lori Levin

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Associate professor, Carnegie Mellon University: Lexical-functional grammar, lexical semantics, machine translation, intelligent language tutoring

Charles Perfetti

PhD, University of Michigan

Professor of psychology and linguistics, University of Pittsburgh: Psycholinguistics, reading, comprehension, language and writing system comparisons

Mandy Simons

PhD, Cornell University

Associate professor of philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University: Formal semantics, pragmatics, philosophy of language, syntax/semantics interface

Natasha Tokowicz

PhD, The Pennsylvania State University

Associate professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh: Adult second language learning, bilingualism, within and cross-language lexical ambiguity, semantic representation within and across languages

G. Richard Tucker

PhD, McGill University

Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor of applied linguistics and head, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University: Applied linguistics, individual differences in second language acquisition, bilingual education, language policy and planning

Tessa Warren

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Associate professor, Department of Psychology: Adult sentence comprehension; syntactic, semantic and referential processing; the relation of higher-level language processing to eye-movements during reading


Emeriti Faculty

Edward M. Anthony

PhD, University of Michigan

Professor emeritus of linguistics: English structure and lexicon, applied linguistics, Thai language and linguistics, Asian studies

Terrence Kaufman

PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Professor emeritus of linguistics and anthropology: Mesoamerican languages descriptive and historical, especially Mayan, Mixe-Zoquean, Zapotecan, and Nahua; language contact, dialectology, archaeological decipherment, lexicography, and cognitive anthropology; Indo-European, Germanic, history of English, and Romani

Lionel Menasche

PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Lecturer in linguistics and associate director of the English Language Institute: TESOL, materials development

Christina Bratt Paulston

EdD, Columbia University

Professor emerita of linguistics: Sociolinguistics, sociology of language, education of linguistic minorities, language maintenance and shift