Faculty areas of expertise

Major topics

Afroasiatic languages: Kramer (Amharic, Egyptian, other Semitic, Cushitic), Zeldes (Egyptian, Semitic)

Applications of linguistics in careers beyond academia: Fond, Johnston

Applied linguistics:Applied Linguistics concentration

Brain and language: Getz

Bilingualism/multilingualism: Bryfonski, Mackey, Ortega 

Child language acquisition: Getz

Computational linguistics/NLP:Computational Linguistics concentration

Corpora: Schneider, Zeldes

Cross-cultural & intercultural communication: Johnston, Tannen

Digital communication (online/social media): Gordon, Tannen

Discourse analysis: Fond, Gordon, Johnston, Tadic, Tannen

Education, teaching, and learning: Bryfonski, Mackey, Montee, Ortega, Tadic

Food and language: Gordon

Framing and/or metaphor: Fond, Gordon, Mackey, Tannen

Gender: Fond, Tannen (sociolinguistics of gender); Kramer (grammatical gender)

Health/medicine and language: Fond

Language endangerment, documentation, and revitalization: Obiri-Yeboah

Legal language: Schneider

Morphology: Kramer, Obiri-Yeboah

Multimodal/video analysis: Johnston, Tadic

Niger-Congo languages: Zsiga (Bantu, languages of West Africa), Obiri-Yeboah (Kwa, Gur, languages of West Africa)

Phonetics: Nycz, Obiri-Yeboah, Zsiga

Phonology: Obiri-Yeboah, Zsiga

Politeness: Portner (honorifics); Tannen (sociolinguistics of politeness)

Pragmatics: Mackey, Portner, Schneider, Zeldes

Psycholinguistics: Getz

Second language acquisition: Bryfonski, Mackey, Montee, Ortega 

Semantics: Schneider, Portner

Social justice: Johnston, Ortega, Tadic

Sociolinguistics:Sociolinguistics concentration

Syntax: Kramer (syntactic theory); Schneider, Zeldes (treebanks)

Syntax/semantics interface: Kramer, Portner

Technology and language: Bryfonski, Gordon, Ortega, Schneider, Tannen, Zeldes

Testing/assessment: Montee

Theoretical linguistics:Theoretical Linguistics concentration

Typology: Kramer, Obiri-Yeboah

Variationist sociolinguistics: Nycz

Detailed topics by faculty

Bryfonski: second language learning and pedagogy, task-based language teaching, interaction and corrective feedback, language teacher training, individual differences in second language learning, language learning and technology, second language research methods, and meta-analysis. Lab website, STARTALK website

Fond: discourse/text analysis, metaphor theory and analysis, frame analysis, institutional interaction, medical humanities

Getz: child language acquisition, brain basis of language, statistical learning, miniature language learning, cognitive science, psycholinguistics, language processing, language and memory

Gordon: interactional sociolinguistics, analysis of conversational and narrative discourse, analysis of digital discourse, language and food, language and identity, intertextuality, metadiscourse, frame analysis, family interaction

Johnston: applied sociolinguistics, interactional sociolinguistics, multimodal discourse analysis, intercultural communication, language and power, institutional gatekeeping encounters, language & communication in the workplace, applications of linguistics in careers beyond academia

Kramer: morphology, syntax, linguistic theory, Distributed Morphology, grammatical gender, grammatical number, agreement, case-marking, typology, Afroasiatic languages, Semitic languages, Amharic, Ancient Egyptian

Mackey: second language acquisition, second language research methodology, input, interaction and corrective feedback, individual differences in second language learning, task-based language learning, metaphors, dialects, technology-driven L2 learning, children’s L2 learning.

Montee: language testing and assessment, computer-based language testing, rater training and scoring, language assessment literacy, language teacher education, young language learners, language program evaluation. AELRC website

Nycz: sociophonetics, second dialect acquisition, dialect contact, language variation and change, language and place, vowels

Obiri-Yeboah: phonology, phonetics-phonology interface, syntax-phonology interface, morphophonology, language documentation, ATR vowel harmony, tone, nasality, African Studies; Gua, Akan and other Kwa languages

Ortega: second language acquisition, bilingualism and multilingualism, meta-analysis, L2 writing, technology and language learning, teacher-researcher interfaces, critical global language education, social justice and decolonial theories. IMS website.

Portner: formal semantics, modality, mood, allocutivity and honorifics, tense, aspect, clause types, imperatives, interrogatives, exclamatives, speech acts, discourse semantics, expressive meaning, logic

Schneider: computational syntax/semantics (treebanks, parsing); corpus annotation and evaluation for NLP; adpositions; lexicon, multiword expressions, and constructions; metalanguage; legal interpretation. Frameworks include: AMR CCG CGEL SNACS UD. Lab website

Tadic: conversation analysis, membership categorization analysis, multimodal analysis of interaction, analysis of (in)equality and inclusion/exclusion in interaction, institutional discourse, (second language) classroom discourse, addressing possible -isms in (classroom) interaction, managing discussions on diversity and inequality in the classroom 

Tannen: interactional sociolinguistics, conversational and narrative discourse, conversational style, power and solidarity in interaction, cross-cultural communication, repetition and intertextuality, family discourse, language and gender, spoken and written discourse, the relationship between conversational and literary discourse, linguistics for general audiences

Zeldes: corpus annotation, discourse relations, Rhetorical Structure Theory, anaphora resolution, Universal Dependencies, Digital Humanities (esp. for the Coptic language), information structure, low-resource NLP. Lab website

Zsiga: phonological theory, phonetics, phonology/phonetics interface, Articulatory Phonology, L2 phonology and phonetics, tone