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Linguistics Faculty Research Areas & Specializations

Research areas for faculty in the Linguistics Department:

David Bell

  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Language, Culture and Food
  • Language, Culture and Sport
  • Methods and Materials in TEFL
  • Stylistics

Lu Cao

  • Pedagogy in Chinese Language and Culture
  • Educational Technology and Instructional Design
  • Instructional Innovation in Language Teaching
  • Multimedia Feedback in Language Teaching

Gabriela Castañeda-Gleason

  • Teacher education/development
  • English Language Teaching Practicum
  • Development of online teaching practica
  • Lexical diversity
  • L1 and L2 language acquisition and development

Michelle O'Malley

  • Forensic aspects of language variation
  • Perceptual Dialectology
  • Sociolinguistic Corpus construction in support of efforts in Language Documentation and Maintenance

Hiroyuki Oshita

  • U-shaped development on the L2 acquisition of intransitive verbs
  • Lexical conceptual structure and L2 acquisition
  • L2 syntax of conditional and locational change

Liang Tao

  • Interactional Linguistics and discourse analyses of Mandarin Chinese
  • Usage based study of language and grammaticalization
  • Second language learning (learning and memory and pedagogical implications)
  • Grammar of Chinese and English
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language, culture and cognition

Christopher Thompson

  • Japanese language and culture
  • Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology of Japan
  • Japanese language pedagogy
  • Anthropological Linguistics
  • Ethnography and field methods
  • Business Japanese
  • Japan Study Abroad/ Special Projects