Faculty Research Projects

Department of Linguistics faculty members are engaged in a wide variety of fascinating research projects that are yielding important new insights about human interactions.
21st Century Linguistics

21st Century Linguistics

By Alex Russell - Security on the Web has as much to do with the programmers writing code as it does with firewalls and virus protection. Linguistics Associate Professor Raúl Aranovich studies language structure and theory, and is working on a project for the NSF that could identify programmers most likely to write vulnerable code.

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Doublets Network Analysis Reveals the Complexity of the English Language

Doublets Network Analysis Reveals the Complexity of the English Language

By Alex Russell - Patrick Farrell, a professor of linguistics, recently wrapped up a joint project with statistics professor Fushing Hsieh that used a language game from the 1870s to build a visual representation of the English language as a network.

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English Typology and History

English Typology and History

Research by John A. Hawkins, a distinguished professor of linguistics, is lending new insights into the grammatical and lexical evolution of the English language since the Middle Ages.

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Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication

Professor Julia Menard-Warwick is conducting research that sheds light on multilingual practices and ideologies in California, where linguistic inequality persists despite the strong value placed on diversity in education and public life.

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Literacy and Medical Communication

Literacy and Medical Communication

Vaidehi Ramanathan, professor and chair, is currently working on two research projects in divergent areas of linguistics.

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Processing Language: Kenji Sagae

Processing Language: Kenji Sagae

By Alan Wong - For decades, linguists, philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists and more have explored how language "works". Today, computational linguists like Kenji Sagae are using cutting-edge techniques to ask fundamental questions about the nature of language.

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Sounds, Statistics, and Software: Santiago Barreda

Sounds, Statistics, and Software: Santiago Barreda

By Alan Wong – Phonologists, psycholinguists, syntacticians: there’s more than one type of linguist. Santiago Barreda is best categorized as a phonetician, but his broader contributions to computational and quantitative methodologies give his work an interdisciplinary dimension.

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