Faculty & Staff

Linguistics Faculty Office Hours  Summer 2018 

For questions about our program, classes, registration, the major or minor requirements, or general information about linguistics please contact Program Director Kristin Denham by email (kristin.denham@wwu.edu) to set up an appointment or stop by during open advising office hours. Summer quarter office hours by appointment only. You can also contact the Linguistics Administrative Assistant Sara Helms by email (sara.helms@wwu.edu) or by phone (360-650-3918).

The Linguistics Program, an interdisciplinary, inter-departmental and inter-college program, draws upon the services of faculty from various units within the university. Approximately 40 faculty members in various disciplines offer courses approved for inclusion in the Linguistics major.

Linguistics Program Director & Major/Minor Adviser

Kristin Denham

Professor of Linguistics and English

Websitehttps://www.kristindenham.net/
Emailkristin.denham@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3217

Office: Humanities 357 

B.A., Swarthmore College

M.A., University of Arizona

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Washington

Research and teaching interests: syntactic theory, Native American languages, linguistics in K-12 education

Linguistics Program Faculty

Learn more about our faculty below (listed in alphabetical order by last name).

Emily Curtis

Instructor of Linguistics

Emailemily.curtis@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4947
Office: Humanities 253

B.A., Pomona College

M.A. & Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Washington

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Washington

Research and teaching interests:

syllable phonology, metalinguistic awareness,  Linguistics pedagogy and outreach, Korean, Lushootseed

Masanori Deguchi

Associate Professor of Japanese and Linguistics

Emailmasanori.deguchi@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4155
Office: Miller Hall 217E

B.A. in English, Kansai Gaidai University

M.A. in Linguistics, Indiana University, Bloomington

Ph.D. in Linguistics (major) and Philosophy (minor) Indiana University, Bloomington

Research and teaching interests: Syntax and semantics of Japanese, phonology of Native American languages, Japanese language pedagogy

Shannon Dubenion-Smith 

Associate Professor of German and Linguistics

Emailshannon.dubenion-smith@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3927
Office: Miller Hall 218C

B.A. University of Michigan

M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic Linguistics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research and teaching interests: Germanic linguistics, variationist linguistics, dialect and regiolect syntax, historical syntax, Pennsylvania Dutch

 

McNeel Jantzen

Associate Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, Neuroscience Area Concentration Adviser

Websitehttp://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/ ~jantzem/LabWebsite/About.html

EmailMcNeel.Jantzen@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-2247
Office: Academic Instructional 588

B.A. in English and Ph.D. in Cognition, Florida Atlantic University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

Director of the Language and Neural Systems Lab

Research and teaching interests: speech perception, effect of musical training on language networks, neural reorganization of language

Christina Keppie  

Associate Professor of French and Linguistics

Emailchristina.keppie@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3930
Office: Miller Hall 215D

B.A., University of New Brunswick

M.A., Carleton University

Ph.D. in Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (focus: linguistic anthropology), University of Alberta 

Research and teaching interests: Canadian French (culture and linguistics), Acadian Studies, sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology

Anne Lobeck

Professor of English and Linguistics, English Area Concentration Adviser

Emailanne.lobeck@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3249
Office: Humanities 359

B.A. Whitman College

M.A. and Ph.D. Linguistics University of Washington

Research and teaching areas: Syntactic theory (ellipsis in French, German, and English), history of English, language and gender, linguistics and education

Rodolfo Mata

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Rodolfo Mata
Office: Miller Hall 228
Phone: 360-650-3925
Emailr.mata@wwu.edu

B.A., University of Texas at El Paso

M.F.A., University of Alaska 

Ph.D. & M.A., University of California

Professor Mata's current research focus is Spanish as a heritage language in the United States, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border area. His fieldwork analyzes some of the morpho-syntactic properties of Spanish (such as subjunctive) that may be vulnerable to language contact, as well as discourse-pragmatics elements such as fillers and discourse markers. At Western he teaches general & Spanish linguistics, as well as Spanish as a heritage language.

 

Judith Pine

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics, Anthropology Area Concentration Adviser

Websitehttp://staff.wwu.edu/pinej/
Emailjudy.pine@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4783
Office: Arntzen Hall 338

B.A., Kansas State University

M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Washington

Research and teaching interests: linguistic anthropology, semiotics, literacy theory, upland peoples of SE Asia/southwest China, indigenousness/indigeneity, globalization/borders; language maintenance/reversing language shift/language endangerment.

Jordan Sandoval

Senior Instructor of Linguistics

EmailJordan.sandoval@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4857
Office: Miller Hall 215C

B.A., Western Washington University

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Arizona

Research and teaching interests: experimental phonetics and phonology, the role of orthography in mental representations, and gender identity in language.

Edward Vajda  

Professor of Russian and Linguistics, Modern and Classical Languages Area Concentration Adviser

Emailedward.vajda@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4856
Office: Miller Hall 217D

B.A., Indiana University

Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics, University of Washington

Research and teaching interests: morphology, historical linguistics, Russian and North Asian peoples and languages, in particular the Yeniseian family of Central Siberia.

Janet Zhiqun Xing 

Professor of Chinese and Linguistics

EmailJanet.Xing@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3926
Office: Miller Hall 218D

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Michigan

Research and teaching interests: Grammaticalization, semantic change, Chinese language pedagogy and acquisition

Linguistics Program Affiliated Faculty

Jennifer Green

Associate Professor of Elementary Education and Linguistics and Educational Linguistics Area Concentration Adviser

Emailjennifer.green@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-2395
Office: Miller Hall 303B

B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College

M.A.T., School for International Training

Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Research and teaching interests: Director ELL Endorsement. English linguistics for educators, academic language, teaching methodologies.

James Hearne

Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics, Computational Linguistics Area Concentration Adviser

Emailjames.hearne@wwu.edu 
Phone : (360) 650-3792
Office: Communications 479

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of California

Research and teaching interests: data mining, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence

Brian Hutchinson

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics

Brian Hutchinson
Websitehttps://facultyweb.cs.wwu.edu/~      hutchib2/
Emailbrian.hutchinson@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4894
Office: Communications 475

B.A. in Linguistics, B.S. in Computer Science, M.S. in Computer Science, Western Washington University

M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

Research and teaching interests: Speech and language processing, machine learning, optimization

Yudong Liu 

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics

Emailyudong.liu@wwu.edu 
Phone : (360) 650-4831
Office: Communications 483

Ph.D., Simon Fraser University

Research and teaching interests: statistical natural language processing, cuneiform text processing and social network analysis, uses of data collected by eye-tracing device for reading-related tasks

Cathy McDonald 

Senior Instructor of English and Linguistics

Emailcathy.mcdonald@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3236
Office: HU 349

Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Language, University of Washington

Research and teaching interests: discourse analysis, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics

Trish Skillman

Websitehttps://www.wwu.ed/tesol
Emailtrish.skillman@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-4699
Office: Miller Hall 304E

B.A., Stanford University

M.Ed., Western Washington University

Academic language development, second language acquisition methods, multilingual development, multicultural experience, and effective teaching.  

Kathryn Vulić

Emailkathryn.vulic@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3214
Office: Humanities 335

B.A. in English and French, Ohio State University

Ph.D. in English, University of California at Berkeley

Research and teaching interests: Old and Middle English language and literature, manuscript studies

Ryan Wasserman 

Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy Area Concentration Adviser

Websitehttp://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu   wasserr/index/home.html

Emailryan.wasserman@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3860
Office: Bond Hall 302A

B.A., Western Washington University

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Rutgers University

Research and teaching interests: metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language

Suzi Wright 

Emailsuzanne.wright@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-7781
Office: Miller Hall 304A
Research and teaching interests: Second language acquisition, language/education policy, First Peoples' language revitalization, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, functional linguistics.

Area Concentration Advisers


Anthropology Area Concentration Adviser

Judith Pine

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics

Websitehttp://staff.wwu.edu/pinej/
Emailjudy.pine@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4783
Office: Arntzen Hall 338

B.A., Kansas State University

M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Washington

Research and teaching interests: linguistic anthropology, semiotics, literacy theory, upland peoples of SE Asia/southwest China, indigenousness/indigeneity, globalization/borders; language maintenance/reversing language shift/language endangerment.

Communication Science and Disorders Area Concentration Adviser

Kimberly Peters

Professor of Communication Science and Disorders

Kimberly Peters
Website: https://chss.wwu.edu/people/petersk3
Emailkimberly.peters@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-3206
Office: AI 398

B.A., Trinity College

Ph.D., University of Connecticut

 

Computational Linguistics Area Concentration Adviser

James Hearne

Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics

Emailjames.hearne@wwu.edu 
Phone : (360) 650-3792
Office: Communications 479

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of California

Research and teaching interests: data mining, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence

Educational Linguistics Area Concentration Adviser

Jennifer Green

Associate Professor of Elementary Education and Linguistics

Emailjennifer.green@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-2395
Office: Miller Hall 303B

B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College

M.A.T., School for International Training

Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Research and teaching interests: Director ELL Endorsement. English linguistics for educators, academic language, teaching methodologies.

English Area Concentration Adviser

Anne Lobeck

Professor of English and Linguistics

Emailanne.lobeck@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3249
Office: Humanities 359

B.A. Whitman College

M.A. and Ph.D. Linguistics University of Washington

Research and teaching areas: Syntactic theory (ellipsis in French, German, and English), history of English, language and gender, linguistics and education

Modern and Classical Languages Area Concentration Adviser

Edward Vajda  

Professor of Russian and Linguistics

Emailedward.vajda@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-4856
Office: Miller Hall 217D

B.A., Indiana University

Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics, University of Washington

Research and teaching interests: morphology, historical linguistics, Russian and North Asian peoples and languages, in particular the Yeniseian family of Central Siberia.

Neuroscience Area Concentration Adviser

McNeel Jantzen

Associate Professor of Psychology and Linguistics

Websitehttp://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/ ~jantzem/LabWebsite/About.html

EmailMcNeel.Jantzen@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-2247
Office: Academic Instructional 588

B.A. in English and Ph.D. in Cognition, Florida Atlantic University

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

Director of the Language and Neural Systems Lab

Research and teaching interests: speech perception, effect of musical training on language networks, neural reorganization of language

Philosophy Area Concentration Adviser

Ryan Wasserman 

Professor of Philosophy

Websitehttp://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/ wasserr/index/home.html
Emailryan.wasserman@wwu.edu 
Phone: (360) 650-3860
Office: Bond Hall 302A

B.A., Western Washington University

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Rutgers University

Research and teaching interests: metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language

Psychology Area Concentration Adviser

Todd Haskell

Associate Professor of Psychology and Linguistics

Emailtodd.haskell@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-2720
Office: Academic Instructional 486

B.A. in Psychology, Darthmouth

Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Southern California

Research and teaching interests: cognition, psychology of language, problem solving

TESOL Area Concentration Adviser

Trish Skillman

Websitehttps://www.wwu.ed/tesol
Emailtrish.skillman@wwu.edu
Phone: (360) 650-4699
Office: Miller Hall 304E

B.A., Stanford University

M.Ed., Western Washington University

Academic language development, second language acquisition methods, multilingual development, multicultural experience, and effective teaching.  

Retired Faculty

Shaw Gynan

Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Emailshaw.gynan@wwu.edu 

B.A. in Languages, Georgetown

M.A. in Spanish, University of Texas, El Paso

Ph.D. in Ibero-Romance Philology and Linguistics,University of Texas, Austin

Research and teaching interests: Guaraní-Spanish bilingualism, endangered language documentation and promotion, second language methodology, language policy, morphology, Spanish phonetics, sociolinguistics.

Emeritus Faculty

Rudolf Weiss

Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages

Rudolf Weiss
Website: http://faculty.wwu.edu/weiss/
Email: weissrudi.rw@gmail.com

B.A., B.Ed., Western Washington State College

M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado.

 

Research Associates

Western's Linguistics Program has two research associates.

Jeffrey Kaplan

Research Associate

Emailjkaplan@mail.sdsu.edu 
Phone : (619) 594-5879

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

J.D., University of San Diego School of Law 

Research and teaching interests:  discourse-functional syntax, pragmatics, language and law, in particular, applying principles of grammar, semantics,  pragmatics, and discourse structure to legal discourses such as contracts, legislation, wills, and other operative texts. 

John Lawler

Research Associate

Websitehttp://www-personal.umich.edu/~jlawler/
Emailjlawler@umich.edu
Research and teaching interests:  Generative semantics and syntax;  Austronesian and Salishan  languages; Cognitive linguistics, especially MetaphorNegation, and Sound Symbolism;  English grammar and usage;  Language and MathematicsComputing, and Logic