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Patrick Farrell

Patrick Farrell

Professor, Linguistics

279 Kerr Hall

Office Phone: 530-848-2874 (mobile)


  1. PhD, Linguistics (UC San Diego)
  2. BA, Psychology (UC Santa Cruz)


Office hours spring 2017: W 2-3, 279 Kerr Hall, and by appointment

Professor Farrell teaches courses on syntax and grammatical analysis, linguistic theory, language universals and typology, English grammar, and English as a global language. In fall 2016 he's teaching for the first time an innovative new general education course for undergraduate students that he recently developed on Oral Academic Communication. With Kristen Greer, recent Ph.D. recipient in Linguistics, and other collaborators, he also developed an innovative flipped version of Introduction to Linguistics, with the support of a Provost Hybrid Course Award. He regularly serves as a consultant and expert witness for legal matters in which the meaning and usage of the English language is at stake, as in trademark litigation, the interpretation of statutes and contracts, and the establishment of author identity. His published work, which has appeared in numerous journals, proceedings periodicals, and books, focuses primarily on issues in English and comparative syntax and semantics from various theoretical orientations in both generative and cognitive/functional traditions. His research also encompasses aspects of the grammar of Romance languages, particularly Brazilian Portuguese, and issues of meaning and culture and language learning and teaching. He is serving the Linguistic Society of America as Secretary-Treasurer, member of the Executive Committee, and chair of the Committee on Publications. At UC Davis he is a member of the Steering Committee for the Division of Social Sciences. Other service to the University of California and the State of California has included appointments as

  • chair of the Department of Linguistics,
  • director in Brazil for the UC Education Abroad Program,
  • member of the Board of Directors of ASSIST,
  • member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Social Sciences
  • chair of the UC Davis Committee on Admissions and Enrollment, and 
  • campus representative to the UC Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS).


Curriculum Vitae