Linguistics, the science of language, is an interdisciplinary field that relates to the diversity of the cultures and languages of the world. It is an integral part of most serious pursuits dealing with aspects of language study and/or analysis. As the boundaries of the world change, an understanding of individual languages and cultures becomes increasingly more important. Communication in this complex society requires knowledge of the workings of languages as well as their interrelationship with their respective cultures. All linguistics majors are expected to acquire a rudimentary knowledge of the functions of language at various levels and knowledge of the techniques/methods used in language analysis. A student of linguistics will thereby significantly advance his/her appreciation of linguistic and cultural diversity.
Students interested in pursuing a major or minor in linguistics should contact Edward Vajda, Humanities 255, 360-650-4856, for advisement. Fax: 360-650-6110, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: https://chss.wwu.edu/linguistics.
EDWARD J. VAJDA, Director. Modern and Classical Languages. Morphology, language typology, historical-comparative linguistics.
EVA BAHARAV, Communication Sciences and Disorders. Language acquisition, language analysis, language disorders.
JORDAN BREWER, Linguistics. Semantics, phonology, phonetics.
MASANORI DEGUCHI, Modern and Classical Languages. Japanese linguistics, syntax and semantics.
KRISTIN DENHAM, English. Syntactic theory, morphology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, Native American languages.
KENDRA DOUGLAS, Modern and Classical Languages. Sociolinguistics, language contact, phonology.
SHANNON DUBENION-SMITH, Modern and Classical Languages. Germanic linguistics, syntax, phonology, historical linguistics.
SHAW N. GYNAN, Modern and Classical Languages. Hispanic linguistics, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, syntax and phonology.
TODD HASKELL, Psychology. Psychology of language, visual and auditory perception, cognition.
JAMES W. HEARNE, Computer Science. General linguistics, computational linguistics, narratology.
McNEEL JANTZEN, Psychology. Cognition, speech perception, language acquisition.
CHRISTINA KEPPIE, Modern and Classical Languages. Applied French linguistics, sociolinguistics, general linguistics.
ANNE LOBECK, English. Syntactic theory, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics.
NED MARKOSIAN, Philosophy. Philosophy of language, metaphysics.
JUDY PINE, Anthropology. Anthropological linguistics, language and society.
DWAN SHIPLEY, Linguistics. General linguistics, sociolinguistics.
TRISH SKILLMAN, TESOL. Language, teaching methodologies, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition.
KATHRYN VULIC, English. History of the English language, Old English in translation, medieval literatures and cultures.
RYAN WASSERMAN, Philosophy. Metaphysics, philosophy of language, epistemology, ethics.
JANET ZHIQUN XING, Modern and Classical Languages. Chinese linguistics, historical linguistics, discourse analysis, SLA.
Linguistics Area Advisors:
English — Kristin Denham, Anne Lobeck
Anthropology — Judy Pine
Communication Sciences and Disorders — Eva Baharav
Computer Sciences — James W. Hearne
Modern and Classical Languages — Shaw N. Gynan
Philosophy — Ned Markosian
Psychology — Todd Haskell
TESOL — Trish Skillman
ProgramsUndergraduate MajorUndergraduate Minor
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies