Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

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Linguistics and Applied Linguistics | TESOL

Linguistics is the study of the nature, structure, and variation of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, and pragmatics. See also:

Applied Linguistics "addresses a broad range of real-life language-related issues by developing its own knowledge-base about language, its users and uses, and their underlying social and material conditions. This interdisciplinary field relates to education, psychology, communication research, anthropology, and sociology, among many others.”

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is an interdisciplinary field concerned with various issues related to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language in different parts of the world. The MTESOL program aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills related to the theories and methods of language teaching. See also:

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Karen Adams

Adams research interests are in the study of language in its social and linguistic context. She is the director of English graduate studies.

Ross-Blakley Hall 156 PO Box 871401
Mark James
Associate Professor

Most of James work is with the MA and PhD programs in linguistics and applied linguistics, master's and certificate programs in TESOL, and BA (linguistics major).

Ross-Blakley Hall 353 PO Box 871401
Aya Matsuda
Associate Chair, Professor

Matsuda is Professor of Applied Linguistics. Her research interests include the use of English as an international language and the pedagogical implications of the global spread of English.

Ross-Blakley Hall 159 PO Box 871401
Tyler Peterson
Assistant Professor

Peterson's work focuses on the documentation, revitalization, and maintenance of endangered Indigenous languages, primarily in the Southwest, Canada, and Oceania.

Ross-Blakley Hall (RBHL) Room 235 1102 S. McAllister Avenue
Matthew Prior
Director of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Associate Professor

Prior holds a doctorate in second language acquisition. He teaches courses in applied linguistics, qualitative methods, discourse analysis and pragmatics, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and TESOL.

Ross-Blakley Hall 161 PO Box 871401
Kathryn Pruitt
Assistant Professor

Pruitt's research is in the field of phonological theory and focuses primarily on the typological modeling of linguistic stress patterns.

Ross-Blakley Hall 245 PO Box 871401
Elly Van Gelderen
Regents Professor

Elly van Gelderen is a syntactician interested in language change. Her work shows how regular syntactic change (grammaticalization and the linguistic cycle) provides insight in the Faculty of Language.

Ross-Blakley Hall 327 PO Box 871401

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