College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Linguistics Department - Office Hours and Contact Info - Summer 2019

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

Department Chair

Kristin Denham​​

Professor, Linguistics Major/Minor Adviser

Website: https://www.kristindenham.net/

Office Hours: By Email & Appointment

Office: HU 357

Phone: 360-650-3217

Email: denham@wwu.edu 

 

Education:

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

Office Staff

Sara Helms

Sara Helms

Administrative Assistant

Hours of Operation: M-F 8-5

Office: MH 223

Phone: 360-650-3918

Email: helmss@wwu.edu

 

Education:

B.A., Western Washington University

 

Linguistics Department Faculty

Emily Curtis

Emily Curtis

Instructor

Office Hours

Office: HU 253

Phone: 360-650-4947

Email: emily.curtis@wwu.edu

Education:

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

McNeel Jantzen

Associate Professor

Website: http://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/

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Office Hours: On Leave

Office: AI 588

Phone: 360-650-2247

Email: mcneel.jantzen@wwu.edu

Education:

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

Anne Lobeck

Professor

Office HoursBy Email

Office: HU 359

Phone: 360-650-3249

Email: anne.lobeck@wwu.edu

Education:

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

Jordan Sandoval

Senior Instructor

Office Hours

Office: MH 215C

Phone: 360-650-4857

Email: Jordan.sandoval@wwu.edu 

Education:

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.

Linguistics Department Affiliated Faculty

Sheryl Bernardo-Hinesley

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Home Department: Modern and Classical Languages

Assistant Professor

Office

Phone:

Email: bernars3@wwu.edu

Education:

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Linguistics and Modern and Classical Languages. Hispanic linguistics, sociolinguistics, contact linguistics, second language acquisition, pidgins and creoles.

Masanori Deguchi

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Home DepartmentModern and Classical Languages

Associate of Professor

Office Hours

Office: MH 217E

Phone: 360-650-4155

Email: masanori.deguchi@wwu.edu

Education:

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

Home Department: Modern and Classical Languages

Associate Professor

Office Hours

Office: MH 223B

Phone: 360-650-2038

Email: shannon.dubenion-smith@wwu.edu

Education:

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

Christina Keppie

Home Department: Modern and Classical Languages

Professor

Office HoursOn Leave

Office: MH 215D

Phone: 360-650-3930

Email: christina.keppie@wwu.edu

Education:

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

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Rodolfo Mata

Home Department: Modern and Classical Languages

Assistant Professor

Office HoursOn Leave

Office: MH 228

Phone: 360-650-3925

Email: r.mata@wwu.edu

Education:

B.A., University of Texas at El Paso

M.F.A., University of Alaska 

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

Research and teaching interests:

Spanish as a heritage language in the United States, particularly the U.S.-Mexico border area; 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. 

Judith Pine

Home Department: Anthropology

Associate Professor

Office Hours: By Appointment

Office: AH 338

Phone: 360-650-4783

Email: judy.pine@wwu.edu

Education:

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.

Edward Vajda

Home DepartmentModern and Classical Languages 

Professor

Office Hours

Office: MH 218D

Phone: 360-650-3926

Email: Janet.Xing@wwu.edu

Education:

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Michigan

Research and teaching interests: 

Grammaticalization, semantic change, Chinese language pedagogy and acquisition

Janet Zhiqun Xing

Home Department: Modern and Classical Languages 

Professor

Office Hours

Office: MH 218D

Phone: 360-650-3926

Email: Janet.Xing@wwu.edu

Education:

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Michigan

Research and teaching interests: 

Grammaticalization, semantic change, Chinese language pedagogy and acquisition

Linguistics Department Associated Faculty

Beth Dillard

Home Department: Elementary Education

Assistant Professor

Office: MH 304A

Phone: 360.650.3314

Email: beth.dillard@wwu.edu

Jennifer Green

Home DepartmentElementary Education

Associate Professor

Office: MH 303B

Phone: 360-650-2395

Email: jennifer.green@wwu.edu

Todd Haskell

Home Department: Psychology

Associate Professor

Office: AI 486

Phone: 360-650-2720

Email: todd.haskell@wwu.edu

James Hearne

Home Department: Computer Science

Professor 

Office: CF 479

Phone: 360-650-3792

Email: james.hearne@wwu.edu 

Tamer Hussein

Home Department: Modern and Classical Languages

Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: MH 230

Phone: 360-650-2093

Email: husseit@wwu.edu

Brian Hutchinson

Home DepartmentComputer Science

Associate Professor

Website: https://facultyweb.cs.wwu.edu/~hutchib2/

Office: CF 475

Phone: 360-650-4894

Email: brian.hutchinson@wwu.edu 

Yudong Liu

Home DepartmentComputer Science

Associate Professor

Office: CF 483

Phone: 360-650-4831

Email: yudong.liu@wwu.edu 

Cathy McDonald

Home Department: English

Senior Instructor

Office: HU 349

Phone: 360-650-3236

Email: cathy.mcdonald@wwu.edu

Trish Skillman

Home Department: TESOL

Senior Instructor

Website: https://www.wwu.ed/tesol

Office: MH 304E

Phone: 360-650-4699

Email: trish.skillman@wwu.edu

Kathryn Vulić

Home DepartmentEnglish

Professor

 

Office: HU 335

Phone: 360-650-3214

Email: kathryn.vulic@wwu.edu

Ryan Wasserman

Home Department: Philosophy

Professor

Website: http://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu   wasserr/index/home.html

Office: BH 302A

Phone: 360-650-3860

Email: ryan.wasserman@wwu.edu 

Suzi Wright

Home DepartmentTESOL

Instructor

Office: MH 304D

Phone: 360-650-2551

Email: suzanne.wright@wwu.edu 

Emeritus Faculty

Shaw Gynan

Professor  Emeritus of Spanish and Linguistics

Emailshaw.gynan@wwu.edu 

Education:

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.

Rudolf Weiss

Rudolf Weiss

Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages

Website: http://faculty.wwu.edu/weiss/

Email: weissrudi.rw@gmail.com

Education:

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

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

Research Associates

Jeffrey Kaplan

Research Associate

Emailjkaplan@mail.sdsu.edu 

Phone : (619) 594-5879

Education:

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

Updated 06/21/2019