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Faculty Heading Linguistic Research with Undergrads

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Linguistics Department

Edith Aldridge (email eca1)
Assistant Professor - PhD. 2004, Cornell University syntactic theory, historical syntax, Austronesian and East Asian languages

I have two main research concentrations. The first one is diachronic Chinese syntax. I collect sentences from Classical and Middle Chinese texts in order to perform synchronic analysis of the grammars of these respective times. I also try to identify processes and catalysts for the changes I observe between the two periods.

The other main prong of my research is comparative Austronesian syntax. I focus primarily on Philippine languages (especially Tagalog) and Formosan languages, which are the aboriginal languages of Taiwan. I gather the Formosan data through fieldwork.

Link to Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/eca1/index.shtml

Emily Bender (email ebender)
Associate Professor - PhD. 2001, Stanford University computational linguistics, syntax, sociolinguistics

My primary research interests are in multilingual grammar engineering, the study of variation, both within and across languages, and the relationship between linguistics and computational linguistics. My grammar engineering work centers on the LinGO Grammar Matrix, an open-source starter kit for the development of broad-coverage precision HPSG grammars.

Link to Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/ebender/

Barbara Citko (email bcitko)
Associate Professor - PhD. 2000, SUNY Stony Brook syntactic theory, syntax/semantics interface, Slavic linguistics
Research Info: [Coming Soon]
Link to Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/bcitko/

Betsy Evans (email evansbe)
Assistant Professor - PhD. 2001, Michigan State University sociolinguistics

My research area is sociolinguistics with special attention to the study of non-linguists’ beliefs about language (often called 'language attitudes')and the geographical distribution of language variation (called Perceptual Dialectology). I welcome inquiries about projects related to these areas.

Link to Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/evansbe/

Julia Herschensohn (email herschen)
Prof. & Dept. Chair - PhD. 1976, University of Washington romance linguistics, French syntax, second language acquisition

My publications span the areas of generative syntax, second language acquisition theory, and applied linguistics, especially in the Romance languages (synchronic and diachronic). The main areas of specialization are theoretical syntax and nonnative language learning, linked in my current research dealing with language processing and age effects. I am interested in how monolinguals and bilinguals (child and adult learners) understand and produce the grammatical aspects of speech such as agreement, displacement and coreference. I would welcome student research dealing with issues in bilingualism, language acquisition, and language processing.

Link to Website: http://depts.washington.edu/lingweb/Faculty_Herschensohn.php

Ellen Kaisse (email kaisse)
Professor - kaisse PhD. 1977, Harvard University phonology, historical linguistics, ancient and modern Greek/Spanish, phonology-syntax interface
Research Info: [Coming Soon]
Link to Website: https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/kaisse/19497/

Gina-Anne Levow (email levow)
Assistant Professor - PhD. 1998, MIT discourse and dialogue, prosody in spoken language understanding
Research Info: [Coming Soon]
Link to Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/levow/

Toshiyuki Ogihara (email ogihara)
Associate Professor - PhD. 1989, University of Texas at Austin formal semantics, syntax-semantics interface, structure of Japanese

I specialize in formal semantics of natural language. The languages that my research deals with are English and Japanese. My past research concentrated on temporal semantics (tense and aspect) but also dealt with some related research issues such as modality, conditionals, issues having to do with discourse, attitude verbs. I am also interested in Japanese linguistics, especially issues having to do with semantics suchas categorical vs. thetic judgments.

Link to Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/ogihara/

Alicia Beckford Wassink (email wassink)
Associate Professor - PhD. 1999, University of Michigan (Howard and Frances Nostrand Professor of Linguistics) sociolinguistics, phonetics, creoles

My research interests lie in sociolinguistics (the study of language in its various social contexts, the relationships between language and social network structure, language attitudes and the outcomes of language and dialect contact) and phonetics (the study of the acoustic properties of spoken language, perception, and physiological aspects of human speech). One of my principle languages of study is Jamaican Creole. In addition, I currently conduct research into dialect evolution and interethnic contact in Pacific Northwest English.

Sociophonetics, spectral overlap and trajectory analysis in vowel systems, dialect contact and contact-induced change, Pacific Northwest English, Jamaican Creole phonetics and phonology
Link to Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/wassink/

Richard Wright Richard Wright (email rawright)
Associate Professor - PhD. 1996, University of California at Los Angeles phonetics, phonetics-phonology interface, Austronesian and African languages
Research Info: [Coming Soon]
Link to Website: http://depts.washington.edu/phonlab/members.htm

Karen Zagona (email zagona)
Prof. & Acting Chair - zagona PhD. 1982, University of Washington syntactic theory, tense and aspect, Spanish syntax

My research is primarily concerned with the syntactic underpinnings of tense, aspect and mood, including study of the functional categories and syntactic features that contribute to temporal reference. Some of the issues of current interest in my work include such questions as: whether all languages have Tense Phrase in the usually understood sense; whether temporal ordering is attributable to Tense Phrase or to higher functional categories where mood is encoded; and differences between nominals and clauses with respect to the distribution of temporal functional categories. The broad goal of this work is to further the field's understanding of what is universal in the grammar of tense/aspect/modality.

Link to Website: http://depts.washington.edu/lingweb/Faculty_Zagona.php

Other Departments

Asian Languages and Literature

Zev Handel (email zhandel)
Associate Professor - PhD. 2001, Stanford University computational linguistics, syntax, sociolinguistics
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Link to Website: http://depts.washington.edu/asianll/people/faculty/zhandel.html
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