Faculty & Staff

Linguistics Program Office Hours and Contact Info - Fall 2018

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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. 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. Fall 2018 Office Hours: M 12-1; W 1-2; R 10:30-11:30; F 11:30-12 . You can also contact the Linguistics Administrative Assistant Sara Helms by email (sara.helms@wwu.edu) or by phone (360-650-3918).

 

Program Director

Kristin Denham​​

Professor of Linguistics and English, Linguistics Major/Minor Adviser

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

Office Hours: M 12-1; W 1-2; R 10:30-11:30; F 11:30-12

Office: HU 357

Phone: 360-650-3217

Email: kristin.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 education

Office Staff

Sara Helms

Sara Helms

Administrative Assistant

Hours of Operation: M-F 8-5

Office: MH 223

Phone: 360-650-3918

Email: sara.helms@wwu.edu

 

Faculty

Emily Curtis

Emily Curtis

Instructor of Linguistics

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

Masanori Deguchi

Associate of Professor of Japanese and Linguistics

Office Hours: M 4-5; WF 1:30-2:30

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

Associate Professor of German and Linguistics

Office HoursMWF 12-1

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

 

McNeel Jantzen

Associate Professor of Psychology and Linguistics, Neuroscience Area Concentration Adviser

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

~jantzem/LabWebsite/About.html

Office Hours: W 1-2:30

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

Christina Keppie

Associate Professor of French and Linguistics

Office Hours: W 1-4

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

Anne Lobeck

Professor of English and Linguistics, English Area Concentration Adviser

Office Hours: TR 12:30-1:50

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

R. Mata

Rodolfo Mata

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics

Office Hours: MF 4-5

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

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics, Anthropology Area Concentration Adviser

Office Hours: On Leave

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.

Jordan Sandoval

Senior Instructor of Linguistics

Office Hours: M 9-11; W 10-11

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.

Edward Vajda

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

Office Hours: MWF 11-11:30

Office: MH 217D

Phone: 360-650-4856

Email: edward.vajda@wwu.edu 

Education:

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

Office Hours: TR 11-12:30

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

Affiliated Faculty

Beth Dillard

Beth Dillard

Assistant Professor of Second Language Acquisition, ELL Endorsement Program

Office Hours: On Leave

Office: MH 304A

Phone: 360.650.3314

Email: beth.dillard@wwu.edu

Education:

B.A., History, Auburn University

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Social Studies & ESOL), University of Oregon

Ph.D., Second Language Education, University of Minnesota

Research and teaching interests: Second language acquisition, Systemic functional linguistics, content-based language instruction

Jennifer Green

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

Office Hours

Office: MH 303B

Phone: 360-650-2395

Email: jennifer.green@wwu.edu

Education:

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

Office Hours

Office: CF 479

Phone: 360-650-3792

Email: james.hearne@wwu.edu 

Education:

Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of California

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

Brian Hutchinson

Brian Hutchinson

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics

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

Office Hours

Office: CF 475

Phone: 360-650-4894

Email: brian.hutchinson@wwu.edu 

Education:

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

Office Hours

Office: CF 483

Phone: 360-650-4831

Email: yudong.liu@wwu.edu 

Education:

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

Office Hours: MW 1-2

Office: HU 349

Phone: 360-650-3236

Email: cathy.mcdonald@wwu.edu

Education:

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

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

Trish Skillman

Website: https://www.wwu.ed/tesol

Office Hours

Office: MH 304E

Phone: 360-650-4699

Email: trish.skillman@wwu.edu

Education:

B.A., Stanford University

M.Ed., Western Washington University

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

Kathryn Vulić

Office Hours

Office: HU 335

Phone: 360-650-3214

Email: kathryn.vulic@wwu.edu

Education:

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

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

Office HoursTR 11:15-1

Office: BH 302A

Phone: 360-650-3860

Email: ryan.wasserman@wwu.edu 

Education:

B.A., Western Washington University

Ph.D. in Philosophy, Rutgers University

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

Suzi Wright

Office Hours: TR 12-2

Office: MH 304D

Phone: 360-650-2551

Email: suzanne.wright@wwu.edu 

Research and teaching interests: Second language acquisition, language/education policy, First Peoples' language revitalization, psycholinguistics, discourse analysis, functional linguistics.

Anthropology Area Concentration Adviser

Judith Pine

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics

Website: http://staff.wwu.edu/pinej/

Office Hours

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.

Communication Science and Disorders Area Concentration Adviser

Kimberly Peters

Kimberly Peters

Professor of Communication Science and Disorders

Website: https://chss.wwu.edu/people/petersk3

Office Hours

Office: AI 398

Phone: 360-650-3206

Email: kimberly.peters@wwu.edu

Education:

B.A., Trinity College

Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Computational Linguistics Area Concentration Adviser

James Hearne

Professor of Computer Science and Linguistics

Office Hours

Office: CF 479

Phone: 360-650-3792

Email: james.hearne@wwu.edu 

Education:

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

Office Hours

Office: MH 303B

Phone: 360-650-2395

Email: jennifer.green@wwu.edu

Education:

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

Office Hours: TR 12:30-1:50

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

Modern and Classical Languages Area Concentration Adviser

Edward Vajda  

Professor of Russian and Linguistics

Office HoursMWF 11-11:30

Office: MH 217D

Phone: 360-650-4856

Email: edward.vajda@wwu.edu 

Education:

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

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

Office Hours

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

Philosophy Area Concentration Adviser

Ryan Wasserman 

Professor of Philosophy

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

Office HoursTR 11:15-1

Office: BH 302A

Phone: 360-650-3860

Email: ryan.wasserman@wwu.edu 

Education:

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

Office Hours

Office: AI 486

Phone: 360-650-2720

Email: todd.haskell@wwu.edu

Education:

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

Website: https://www.wwu.ed/tesol

Office Hours

Office: MH 304E

Phone: 360-650-4699

Email: trish.skillman@wwu.edu

Education:

B.A., Stanford University

M.Ed., Western Washington University

Research and teaching interests: 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 

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.

Emeritus Faculty

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

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