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Karen Baertsch

Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., Indiana University
Interests: Phonology, phonetics, historical linguistics, dialectology, Central Asian languages, language acquisition

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Katherine Martin

Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Interests: My research focuses on second language acquisition, particularly English as a second language (ESL). My most recent work examines reading and literacy skills in a second language, and I am additionally interested in vocabulary learning, morphological awareness, cross-linguistic transfer, and cognitive individual differences.

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Shannon McCrocklin

Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., Iowa State University

Interests: Acquisition of second language phonology, including factors that affect acquisition such as learner autonomy, identity, and anxiety, methods for second language pronunciation teaching, and technology in language learning/teaching.

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Michael L. Olsen

Assistant Professor of Practice

Education: Ph.D., University of Georgia

Interests: My research is in corpus-assisted discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. My dissertation investigated the usage, change, and political influence of cultural keywords in American news editorials. Much of my sociolinguistic research utilizes Linguistic Atlas Project data to understand language change across time and space.

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Jeffrey Punske

Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of Arizona.
Interests: My work primarily focuses on syntactic, morphological, and semantic phenomena within the framework of Distributed Morphology. I focus particularly on nominalization, compounding, verb particles, and idiom across numerous languages.

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