Faculty

Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole

Virginia C. Mueller Gathercole, Professor, Linguistics, English Department, and Director, Linguistics

Prof. Gathercole’s primary area of research is on monolingual and bilingual language acquisition, in relation especially to semantics, morpho-syntax, and assessment. Her work also addresses issues concerning the relationship between language and cognition. She has specialized in Spanish-English and Welsh-English bilinguals, with work as well on Spanish-Welsh bilinguals in Patagonia.

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Feryal Yavas

Feryal Yavas, Senior Lecturer, Linguistics, English Department, and Assistant Director, Linguistics

Dr. Yavas’s teaching and research interests are mainly on first, second and bilingual language acquisition and language processing. She has been collaborating with the “ESRC Center for Research on Bilingualism in Theory and Practice” at Bangor University, Wales, Britain, on several projects that investigate the interaction of the two languages in bilingual individuals.

Alfredo Ardila, Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Prof. Ardila works on the evolution of language and brain organization of cognition.

Lorraine E. Bahrick, Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Bahrick’s research focuses on perceptual and cognitive development in infants and young children of typical and atypical development, with a focus on the development of attention and intersensory processing, basic building blocks of language development and social-communicative functioning. Her research has been continuously funded by NIH for 30 years and she is author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in early development.

Melissa Baralt, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages

Dr. Baralt specializes in psycholinguistics (cognitive constructs of attention, awareness, working memory capacity), task-based language teaching and task design, emerging technologies in language learning and teaching, and foreign language teacher training.

Jean-Robert Cadely, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages

Dr. Cadely’s specialization is in the phonology of French-based Creoles and French. His area of expertise also includes: Prosodic Phonology, Morphology, and Language and Identity.

Phillip M. Carter

Phillip M. Carter, Assistant Professor, Linguistics, English Department

Dr. Carter is a sociolinguist interested in the ways in which socially meaningful linguistic variation is recruited in the process of identity-making and social formation, particularly in the context of U.S. Latino communities. Dr. Carter also studies Spanish/English contact situations, with an interest in contact-induced diachronic language change. He has authored or co-authored articles in leading journals in linguistics, and is the co-author of a forthcoming book with Blackwell Press about the sociolinguistics of world languages.

Anthony Steven Dick, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Dick's primary research interests lie in how language develops in the context of other sensorimotor and cognitive processes. He investigates this question both at the behavioral and neurobiological levels (using neuroimaging). He has authored or co-authored a number of papers and has been supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to conduct his work.

Eric Dwyer, Associate Professor and Program Leader, Modern Language Education and TESOL

Dr. Dwyer specializes in TESOL, bilingual education, and second language teaching.

Mark Finlayson

Mark Finlayson, Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Information Sciences

Prof. Finlayson's research focuses on representing, extracting, and using higher-order semantic patterns in natural language, especially focusing on narrative. His work brings together artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, and cognitive science and has been funded by the NSF, NIH, DARPA, AFOSR, ONR, and OSD. He is general chair of the Workshop series on Computational Models of Narrative, held internationally each year.

Ana C. Gouvea, Adjunct Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Gouvea specializes in language acquisition, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive neuroscience of language, and autism spectrum disorders.

Tometro Hopkins

Tometro Hopkins, Associate Professor, Linguistics, English Department

Dr. Hopkins’ research focuses on pidgins and creoles, languages in contact, and World Englishes. She is the Series Editor of World Englishes, a 12-volume compendium of English varieties spoken around the world.

Monica S. Hough, Professor and Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Prof. Hough’s research and interests focus on word retrieval and semantic organization in aphasia and cognitive-communicative disorders and on working memory and auditory comprehension in aphasia.

Peter A. Machonis, Professor, Department of Modern Languages

Author of two books on the history and evolution of the French language, Professor Machonis is currently focusing on the diversity of socio-linguistic situations where French is spoken outside of France. In addition, he builds databases of English idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs used in Lexicon-Grammar and Natural Language Processing.

Shannon M. Pruden

Shannon M. Pruden, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Pruden’s primary research interests lie at the intersection between developmental psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, and education. Employing a variety of methodologies (e.g., eye-tracking and naturalistic, longitudinal studies of language utilizing novel, innovative language assessment software) and age groups (0-5 years), her research focuses on the development of early language abilities, including how children acquire their first and second languages. In her recent research, Dr. Pruden examines how various cognitive, biological, and environmental factors influence the development of children’s early language abilities, with an emphasis on the acquisition of spatial and numerical language, and how infants make sense of events lexicalized by verbs and prepositions.

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Eliane Ramos, Clinical Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Ramos is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist whose teaching and research interests focus on speech and language disorders in bilinguals.

Ana Roca, Professor, Department of Mordern Languages

Dr. Roca’s general areas of teaching and academic interest are bilingualism and Spanish in the United States, Spanish as a heritage or minority language in contact with other languages; policy and pedagogical issues in heritage language instruction; foreign and bilingual language acquisition and development; Hispanic cultures: women & film, and Spanish civilizations and cultures, for undergraduate education; content-based advanced instruction in Spanish for U.S. Latinos, and oral history projects as strategies for development of oral and written academic discourse.

Bennett L. Schwartz, Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Schwartz’s interests lie in the areas of metacognition (tip-of-the-tongue states, feelings of knowing and judgments of learning, heuristics in metacognition, metacognition in non-human species, methodology) and memory, especially adaptive memory and survival processing, episodic memory in non-human primates, the relation between objective and subjective indices of human memory, and metamemory and improving memory efficiency.

Ellen Thompson

Ellen Thompson, Associate Professor, Linguistics, English Department

Dr. Thompson’s current research focuses on theoretical syntax and experimental linguistics.

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Mehmet Yavas

Mehmet Yavas, Professor, Linguistics, English Department

Dr. Yavas’s primary research interests are L1 & L2 phonology, including bilingual phonology and clinical phonology and phonetics.

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