Graduate Alumni

2015-2010 | 2009-2006 | 2005-2002 | 2001-1999 | 1998-1996 | 1995-1992

2017

David Potter
Dissertation: The Island (In)Sensitivity of Stripping
Current Affiliation: Lecturer, English Language Program, Northwestern University.

Julie Matsubara
Dissertation: The Semantics and Pragmatics of the Japanese Evidentials -Rashii, -Sooda, and -Yooda: an Experimental Investigation
Current Affiliation: Interim Director, English Language Institute, University of Chicago.

2016

Erin Gustafson
Dissertation: The Role of Linguistic Experience in the Production and Perception of Probabilistic Reduction
Current Affiliation: a research scientist at Duolingo.

Angela Cooper
Dissertation: Perceptual Learning of Accented Speech by First and Second Language Listeners
Current Affiliation: a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga.

Angela Fink
Dissertation: The Role of Domain-General Executive Functions, Articulation, and Conceptualization during Spoken Word Production
Current Affiliation: Project Manager and Research Scientist at the Center for the Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education at Washington University in Saint Louis.

Kyounghee Lee
Dissertation: Neutralization of Coda Obstruents in Korean: Evidence in Production and Perception
Current Affiliation: TBA

2015

Michael Frazier
Dissertation: Morphological recoverability in Gapping
Current Affiliation: Behavior Science Senior Analyst, Mattersight

Lauren Ackerman
Dissertation: Influences on Parsing Ambiguity
Current Affiliation: Research Associate in Psycholinguistics, Newcastle University

L. Ann Burchfield
Dissertation: Flexibility of Speech Perception and Production Strategies in Mandarin-English Bilinguals
Current Affiliation: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the MARCS institute, Western Sydney University

2014

Svetlin Dimov (M.A.)
MA Thesis: Effects of Vowel Production Peripheralization, Accuracy, and Consistency on the Intelligibility of Foreign-accented Speech
Current Affiliation: Business Analyst at Dose.

Lisa Dawdy-Hesterberg
Dissertation: The Structural and Statistical Basis of Morphological Generalization in Arabic
Current Affiliation: Data Analyst, Backflip Studios.

Charlotte Roger (M.A.)
MA thesis: "The effect of explicit instruction and incomplete neutralization on the learning of final devoicing"
Current Affiliation: Peace Corps volunteer

Charlotte Vaughn
Dissertation: Language-Being-Spoken and Other Indexical Dimensions in Monolingual and Bilingual Speech Processing
Current Affiliation: Instructor, University of Oregon.

Jordana Heller
Dissertation: Contextual Constraints on Phonological Activation during Sentence Production
Current Affiliation: Machine learning software developer at MetaBrite.

2012

Midam Kim
Dissertation: Phonetic Accommodation after Auditory Exposure to Native and Nonnative Speech
Current Affiliation: Lecturer, School of Business, The University of Kansas.

Honglei Wang
Dissertation: The Syntactic Structure of Nominal Phrases
Current Affiliation: Beihang University in China.

Caroline Engstler
Dissertation: Language Retention and Improvement After a Study Abroad Experience
Current Affiliation: EF Education First, Senior Language Education Specialist.

2011

Elizabeth Mazzocco (M.A.)
MA Thesis: On the Nature of Conventionalized Indirect Requests
Current Affiliation: An associate at Foley & Lardner LLP.

Kenneth Konopka
Dissertation: The Vowels of Mexican Heritage English: Language contact and vocalic variation in a Chicago community
Current Affiliation: Department of Linguistics, Northeastern Illinois University.

Natalia Paterson
Dissertation: Interactions in Bilingual Speech Processing
Current Affiliation: Freelance interpretation, contractor for US Department of State, instructor for Brazil in Chicago.

2010

Jennifer Alexander
Dissertation: The Theory of Adaptive Dispersion and Acoustic-phonetic Properties of Cross-language Lexical-tone Systems
Current Affiliation: Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University

Melissa Baese-Berk
Dissertation: An examination of the relationship between speech perception and production. 
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon

Rachel Baker
Dissertation: A The Acquisition of English Focus Marking by Non-native Speakers.
Current Affiliation: EF Education First, Director Applied Linguistics Research and Development

Kristin (Van Heukelem) Van Engen
Dissertation: Linguistic factors in speech-in-speech perception
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Linguistics Program faculty, Washington University in St. Louis

Meredith Larson
Dissertation: The effects of syntactic complexity on structural priming.
Current Affiliation: Associate Research Scientist, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences

2009

Will Thompson
Dissertation: A game-theoretic model of grounding for referential communication tasks.
Current Affiliation: Senior Research Associate with the Center for Genetic Medicine, School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

Robert Daland
Dissertation: Word segmentation, word recognition, and word learning: A computational model of first language acquisition.
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, UCLA

2008

Lewis Gebhardt
Dissertation: Numeral Classifiers and the Structure of DP
Current Affiliation: Visiting Lecturer, Linguistics Program, Northeastern Illinois University.

James Sneed German
Dissertation: Prosodic Strategies for Negotiating Reference in Discourse.
Current Affiliation: Professor and A*MIDEX Rising Stars Laureate, Laboratoire Parole et Langage (CNRS), Aix-Marseille

2007

Carolyn Gottfurcht
Dissertation: Denominal Verb Formation in English.
Current Affiliation: Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Elisa Sneed German
Dissertation: The Role of the Input in the Acquisition of Genericity
Current Affiliation: Lecturer in the English department, Aix-Marseille Université

Kristen Syrett
Dissertation: Learning about the Structure of Scales: Adverbial Modification and the Acquisition of the Semantics of Gradable Adjectives.
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, Rutgers University.

Joshua Viau
Dissertation: Possession and Spatial Motion in the Acquisition of Ditransitives.
Current Affiliation: English Teacher, Boyd Anderson High School

2006

Jessica Peterson Hicks
Dissertation: The Impact of Function Words on the Processing and Acquisition of Syntax.
Current Affiliation: UX Researcher at Instagram and User Experience Researcher at Facebook.
jjpete@hotmail.com

Ann Bunger
Dissertation: How We Learn to Talk About Events: Linguistic and Conceptual Constraints on Verb Learning.
Current Affiliation: Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, Indiana University
annbunger@gmail.com

Erin M. Leddon
Dissertation: Reconstruction Effects in Child Language.
Current Affiliation: Associate director, English Language Programs, Northwestern University
e-mcmahon@northwestern.edu

Yongeun Lee
Dissertation: Sub-syllabic Constituency in Korean and English.
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Chung-Ang University, Korea.
yongeun.lee@gmail.com

John Evar Strid
Dissertation: The Effect of Phonological Structure on Visual Word Access in Bilinguals and Monolinguals.
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor in the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education, Northern Illinois University.
jstrid@niu.edu

2005

Stephen Fix
Dissertation: Agrammatic aphasia as a Late Insertion disorder.
Current Affiliation: Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University.

Tessa Bent
Dissertation: Perception and production of non-native prosodic categories.
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Indiana University.
tbent@indiana.edu

Ralph Rose
Dissertation: The Relative Contribution of Syntactic and Semantic Prominence to the Salience of Discourse Entities.
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor, Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.
rose@waseda.jp

2004

Catherine Anderson
Dissertation: The Structure and Real-Time Comprehension of Quantifier Scope Ambiguity.
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Linguistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
canders@mcmaster.ca

Julia Moore
Dissertation: Articles and Proper Names in L2 English.
Current Affiliation: Director, English Language Programs, Northwestern University.
jmm@northwestern.edu

2003

Deborah Gordon
MA Thesis: Influence of Russian L1 Palatalization Rules on Three Consonants in Azeri L2.
dgsoundings@aol.com

Jeanette Ortiz (M.A.)
MA Thesis: Effects of nuclear stress and clear speech on the durations of voiceless stops /k/ and /t/.
Current Affiliation: Lecturer, Assistant Department Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University
j-ortiz@northwestern.edu

2002

Lynn Whitcomb
Dissertation: Investigating Arabic Diglossia in Foreign Language Instructor Practice and in Native Speaker Behavior.
Current Affiliation: College Lecturer and Coordinator of Arabic Language Instruction, Program of African and Asian Languages, Northwestern University.
l-whitcomb@northwestern.edu 

2001

Colleen Wapole
Dissertation: The Relationship of Phonological Awareness to Second Language Reading.
Current Affiliation: E.S.L. Facilitator, Elmhurst School District.
cwapole@aol.com

Saundra Wright
Dissertation: Internally Caused and Externally Caused Change of State Verbs.
Current Affiliation: Professor, Department of English, California State University, Chico, CA.
skwright@csuchico.edu

2000

Deborah Berkley
Dissertation: Gradient OCP Effects.
Current Affiliation: Linguistic Test Engineer, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA.
dmberk@microsoft.com

Michele Feist
Dissertation: On In and On: An Investigation into the Linguistic Encoding of Spatial Scenes.
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
feist@louisiana.edu

Jennifer Hay
Dissertation: Causes and Consequences of Word Structure.
Current Affiliation: Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences; Linguistics; University of Canterbury, NZ.
Director, New Zealand Institute on Language Brain and Behaviour
jen.hay@canterbury.ac.nz

William Stone
Dissertation: Black English: Language or Dialect?
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor, Linguistics Program, Northeastern Illinois University.

1999

Larin Adams
Dissertation: Complex Events and the Semantics of -ing Sentential Complements.
Current Affiliation: ESL Instructor, BBC Experimental School, Jilin Province, China.
larin_adams@sil.org

Linda DiDesidero
Dissertation: Psych Verbs: Acquisition, Lexical Semantics, and Event Structure.
Current Affiliation: Chair, Department of Management and Liberal Studies, Capitol College, Laurel, MD.
desi6396@aol.com

Karen Duchaj
Dissertation: Individual Differences in Humor Appreciation: The Role of Semantic Scripts.
Current Affiliation: Instructor, Linguistics Program, Northeastern Illinois University.
K-Duchaj@neiu.edu

1998

Rami Nair 
Dissertation: Syllables and Word-edges.
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor of Instruction, Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, Northwestern University
rnair@northwestern.edu

Maria Pilar Ron
Dissertation: The Position of the Subject and Clausal Structure: Evidence from Dialectal Variation.

Laurel Stvan
Dissertation: The Semantics and Pragmatics of Bare Singular Noun Phrases.
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Linguistics and TESOL, University of Texas at Arlington.
stvan@uta.edu

1997

Zaida Cintron
Dissertation: Salsa y Control - Codeswitching in Nuyorican and Chicano Poetry: Markedness and Stylistics.
Current Affiliation: President, Language & Education Consultant, Chicago.
zcintron@csu.edu

Victoria Muehleisen
Dissertation: Antonymy and Semantic Range in English.
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor, School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo.
vicky@waseda.jp

Grace Song
Dissertation: Cross-linguistic Differences in the Expression of Motion Events and Their Implications for Second Language Acquisition.
Current Affiliation: Director of Intensive English for Internationals and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Memphis.
gsong@memphis.edu

1996

Barbara Brooks
Dissertation: Language as a Symbol of Identity: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of the Value Ascribed to Literacy in Oklahoma Cherokee.
Current Affiliation: Owner, CamBrook Services. Bridgeton, MO.

Stefan Frisch
Dissertation: Similarity and Frequency in Phonology.
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida.
frisch@chuma1.cas.usf.edu

1995

Kathryn Harris
Dissertation: Perceived Stereotypes, Social Context and Second Language Acquisition: A Study of Mexican Immigrants Learning English as a Second Language in the United States.
Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Applied Linguistics, Portland State University.
dbkh@odin.cc.pdx.edu

Talke Macfarland
Dissertation: Cognate Objects and the Argument/Adjunct Distinction in English.
Current Affiliation: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University.
talke@earthlink.net

William Snyder
Dissertation: Cognitive Strategies in Second Language Lexical Processing: Evidence from English Speakers' Spelling Errors in Spanish.
Current Affiliation: Associate Director of the MA TEFL Program, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
wsnyder@bilkent.edu.tr

1994

Ninah Beliavsky
Dissertation: The Evolution of Pronominal Reference in Children's Narratives: "Who Are 'They'?"
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor, ESL Coordinator, Languages and Literatures, St. John's University, Queens, NY.
beliavsn@Stjohns.edu

Mari Broman Olsen
Dissertation: A Semantic and Pragmatic Model of Lexical and Grammatical Aspect. (Published by Garland, 1997)
Current Affiliation: Computational Linguist/Lexicographer, Microsoft
molsen@microsoft.com

1993

Rosemary Buck
Dissertation: Politeness, Invitations, and Discourse Structure: A Sociolinguistic Approach to the Novels of E.M. Forster.
Current Affiliation: Professor of English, Medieval Studies, Eastern Illinois University.
cfrab3@eiu.edu

Shahrzad Mahootian
Dissertation: A Null Theory of Codeswitching.
Current Affiliation: Professor, Department of Linguistics, and Associate Chair of Linguistics, Anthropology, and Philosophy, Northeastern Illinois University.
s-mahootian@neiu.edu

1992

Sylvia Aruffo
Dissertation: An Ethnolinguistic Analysis of Certain Conflicting Assumptions in Negotiations for Technology Transfer Between German and the United States.
Current Affiliation: President, Communication Science, Inc., Buffalo Grove, IL

Betty Birner 
Dissertation: The Discourse Function of Inversion in English.
Current Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of English, Northern Illinois University at DeKalb.
bbirner@niu.edu