Emilie Maurel-Destruel, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor

Emilie Maurel-Destruel is an Associate Professor of French. She received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Her primary research explores the semantic and pragmatic underpinnings of sentence structure variation and how the principles that govern this variation are manifested in French, but also across languages. She has worked on a range of topics in the field of pragmatics and the syntax/semantics interface, including the semantics and pragmatics of focus, the prosodic realization of focus in French and its acquisition by native french children, and existential constructions and the definiteness effect. She worked collaboratively on focus in ASL and in English.

Emilie also has research interests in second language acquisition and bilingualism, studying the acquisition of pragmatic inferences and sentence structure variation in L2 learners and bilinguals.

Research areas
  • Semantics/Pragmatics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Syntax
Emilie Destruel
Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin, 2013

514 Phillips Hall (PH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States