Core Faculty

  • Dorothy Ahn

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    Title: Assistant Professor

    Contact: dorothy.ahn (at)

    Interests: Semantics, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, syntax/semantics mapping

    Office: Room 305

    Office Hours Spring 2024:  Tuesday 12:00-1:00pm (Sign up on Calendly)

  • Crystal Akers

    Undergraduate Program Director 

    Online Program Coordinator

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    Title: Assistant Teaching Professor

    Contact: cakers (at)

    Contact for Undergraduate Matters: undergrad (at) 

    Interests: On-line pedagogy, linguistics curricular development, phonological learning

    Advisor for Speech and Hearing Certificate and Club

    Office: Room 106

    Office Hours Spring 2024:  Thursday 10:00-11:00am by Zoom and by appointment for Zoom or in-person.

  • Akinbiyi Akinlabi

    Title: Professor

    Contact: akinlabi (at), 732-932-8432

    Interests: Phonology, morphology, Optimality Theory, West African linguistics

    Office: Room 202

    Office Hours Spring 2024: Thursday 2:30-4:00pm

  • Mark Baker

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    Title: Distinguished Professor

    Contact: mabaker (at)

    Interests: Comparative syntax, linguistic universals, semantic roles, Amerindian and African languages

    Office: Room 203

    Office Hours Spring 2024: Monday & Thursday 1:00pm 

  • Simon Charlow

    On Research Leave

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    Title: Associate Professor

    Contact: simon.charlow (at)

    Interests: Semantics, scope and quantification, syntax/semantics interface

    Office: Room 203A

  • Viviane Déprez

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    Title: Professor

    Contact: deprez (at)

    Interests: Comparative syntax, syntax/semantics interface, Romance and Creole languages

    Office: Room 201

    Lab: Comparative and Experimental Linguistics Lab

    Office Hours Spring 2024: Wednesday 10:00-11:00am, Office 221, 1 Spring St.

  • Adam Jardine

    Graduate Program Director

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    Title: Associate Professor

    Contact: adam.jardine (at)

    Contact for Graduate Program Matters: grad (at)

    Interests: Phonology, learning theory, computational linguistics, language documentation, typology, mathematical linguistics

    Office: Room 205A

    Office Hours Spring 2024: Monday 10:00-11:00am 

  • Maria Kouneli

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    Title: Assistant Professor

    Contact: maria.kouneli (at)

    Interests: Syntax, Morphology, number, complementation, agreement, Greek, Kipsigis

    Office: Room 303

    Office Hours Spring 2024:  Tuesday 2:00-3:30pm (in-person) or by appointment (in-person or online).

  • Barnali Mazumdar

    Title: Teaching Instructor

    Contact: barnali.mazumdar (at) 

    Interests: Aphasia assessment development, Language in aphasia and aging, Cross-language aphasia, Neurolinguistics

    Office: Room 106

     Office hours Spring 2024: Thursday 10:30-11:30am Zoom or in-person. Office hours will be held by appointment only. You can set up a meeting time by emailing me at least three days ahead of the day (by Monday of the week you plan to meet).

  • Adam McCollum

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    Title: Assistant Professor

    Contact: agm132 (at)

    Interests: Phonology, laboratory phonology, phonology-phonetics interface, fieldwork, language documentation, Central Asian and West African languages

    Office: Room 204

    Office Hours Spring 2024: Tuesday 9:00-10:00am

  • Troy Messick

    On leave Spring 2024

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    Title: Assistant Professor

    Contact: troy.messick (at)

    Interests: Syntax, Morphology, pronouns, agreement, ellipsis

    Office: Room 302

    Office Hours Fall 2023: Thursday 10:00 am-12:00 pm (or by appt.). 

  • Kristen Syrett

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    Title: Professor

    Contact: kristen.syrett (at)

    Interests: Language acquisition, psycholinguistics, experimental semantics and pragmatics, syntax/semantics interface

    Office: Room 304

    Lab: Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies (RuCCS, A102/A136)

    Student Support Hours Spring 2024: Tuesdays 11:00 am-12:00 pm (in person or Zoom) and by appointment

    Honors College "Cheers with Dr. Syrett" hours: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 pm

  • Bruce Tesar

    Department Chair

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    Title: Professor

    Contact: tesar (at)

    Interests: Computational learning & parsing, Optimality Theory, phonology

    Office: Room 109

    Office Hours Spring 2024: In Person:  Wednesday 2:00- 3:00pm, and by appointment.  Online (Zoom): by appointment.  Contact the instructor via e-mail to schedule an appointment.


  • Yimei Xiang


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    Title: Assistant Professor

    Contact: yimei.xiang (at)

    Interests: Semantics, Syntax-Semantics interface, Chinese & East Asian linguistics

    Office: Room 205

    Office Hours Spring 2024: Thursday 9:00-10:00am, by appointment (in person or zoom)


Emerita/-us Faculty

  • Maria Bittner

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    Title: Professor Emerita

    Contact: mbittner (at)

    Interests: Cross-linguistic semantics and pragmatics, discourse dynamics, Kalaallisut

  • José Camacho

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    Title: Professor

    Dr. Camacho is now at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Contact: jcamacho (at)

    Interests: Spanish syntax, second language acquisition, language contact, Amazonian linguistics

  • Veneeta Dayal

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    Title: Distinguished Professor Emerita

    Dr. Dayal is now at Yale University.

    Contact: veneeta.dayal (at)

    Interests: Semantic theory, Cross-Linguistic Semantics, Syntax-Semantics Interface

  • Paul de Lacy

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    Title: Professor Emeritus

    Contact: delacy (at)

    Interests: Phonology, morphology

  • Jane Grimshaw

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    Title: Distinguished Professor Emerita

    Contact: grimshaw (at)

    Interests: Syntactic theory, lexical representation, Optimality Theory


  • Alan Prince

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    Title: Board of Governors Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

    Interests: Phonology, Optimality Theory, prosodic morphology

  • Ken Safir

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    Title: Distinguished Professor

    Contact: safir (at)

    Interests: Syntactic theory, binding theory, Germanic and African linguistics