Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan, Ph.D.

DEO, Linguistics
Professor

Sarah Fagan’s research and teaching interests include Germanic linguistics, theoretical linguistics, and the German language.

Jill Beckman

Jill Beckman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Honors Advisor
Emilie Destruel

Emilie Destruel, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor

Emilie Destruel's 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. 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.

Becky Gonzalez

Becky Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Director, Multilingual Syntax Lab

Becky Gonzalez is a linguist specializing in multilingual language acquisition. She works in the area of syntax, with a focus on argument structure, and is especially interested in the factors (linguistic and non-linguistic) that influence linguistic outcomes in different types of multilinguals. Her research combines theoretical and experimental approaches and she works predominantly with speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

Bob McMurrary

Bob McMurray, Ph.D.

Bob McMurray studies speech perception, word recognition, word learning and neuroscience in children, adults, and impaired populations using linguistic analysis, eye-tracking, neuroscience techniques and computational models.

Christine Shea

Christine Shea, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor

Christine Shea is interested in how age, experience and the native language sound system interact with the perception and production of a second language. Adult second language learners approach their second language with a first language already in place. She investigates how experience with a previously acquired language affects the way learners perceive and produce a second (or third) language.