Faculty

Peter Alrenga

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Stanford University, MA and PhD, University of California at Santa Cruz.
Professor Alrenga specializes in Formal semantics and pragmatics, Formal Syntax, and English Linguistics.
Contact: palrenga@bu.edu

 

Jonathan Barnes

Director, Program in Applied Linguistics; Associate Professor of Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Columbia University; MA, PhD, University of California at Berkeley.
Contact: jabarnes@bu.edu

 

Daniel Erker

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor Erker specializes in language variation, contact, and change with a focus on Spanish in the urban United States. Contact: danerker@bu.edu

 

Bruce Fraser

Professor of Education, School of Education. BEE, Cornell University; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    

Paul Hagstrom

Associate Professor of Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Carleton College; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    

Neil Myler

Assistant Professor of Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences. Phd, New York University
Professor Myler specializes in morphology, (micro-) comparative syntax, argument structure, and the morphosyntax and semantics of possession cross-linguistically. Professor Myler carries out linguistic field work on Quecha languages in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and on English dialects. Contact: myler@bu.edu

 

Carol Neidle

Director of the Linguistics Program; Professor of Linguistics and French, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Yale College; MA, Middlebury College; PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Neidle focuses on the linguistic structure of American Sign Language (ASL). She is the director of the American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project (ASLLRP), which is engaged in; investigation of the syntactic structure of ASL and the relationship of syntax to semantics and prosody; development of multimedia tools to facilitate access to and analysis of primary data for sign language research; development of linguistically annotated video corpora for ASL; and collaboration with computer scientists to advance computer-based recognition and generation of signed languages.  Contact: carol@bu.edu

 

Mary Catherine O’Connor

Professor of Education, School of Education; BA, Stanford University; MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley.

   
 

Affiliated Faculty

Sudha Arunachalam

Assistant Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Sargent College. Director, Boston University Child Language Center.  BA, University of Southern California; MA, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Arunachalam specializes in language acquisition and development, lexical and sentence processing, lexical semantics and event structure. Contact: sarunach@bu.edu

 

Catherine L. Caldwell-Harris

Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Harvard University; PhD, University of California, San Diego.
Professor Caldwell-Harris specializes in language processing, second language acquisition, emotional aspects of language, and word recognition. In addition, Caldwell-Harris works in cross-cultural research, and is one of the originators of the  Personality-Culture Clash Hypothesis.
Contact: charris@bu.edu

 

Juliet Floyd

Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences. PhD, Harvard University.
Professor Floyd’s areas of interest include History and Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics, Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, History of Early Analytic Philosophy, Wittgenstein, Kant and Aesthetics. Contact:  jfloyd@bu.edu

 

Robert J. Hoffmeister

Associate Professor of Education, School of Education. BS, University of Connecticut; MEd, University of Arizona; PhD, University of Minnesota.
Dr. Hoffmeister’s research is focused in the following areas: Acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL) by Deaf children; Deaf people as a bilingual/bicultural minority group; problems in the education of the Deaf; the effects of implementing public laws on Deaf children; and the improvement of interactions between hearing parents and their Deaf children.
Contact: rhoff@bu.edu Website

 

Deborah Kelemen

Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, University of Manchester; MA, PhD, University of Arizona.

   
 

Jacqueline A. Liederman

Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, City University of New York; PhD, University of Rochester.

   
 

Fallou Ngom

Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences. PhD University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Ngom’s current research interests include the interactions between African languages and non-African languages, the Africanization of Islam, Ajami literatures, and  language analysis in asylum cases, a sub-field of the new field of forensic linguistics. Contact: fngom@bu.edu

 

Alexander Nikolaev

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, College of Arts and Sciences. PhD, Harvard University.

Professor Nikolaev’s areas of interest include Early Greek literature (epic, lyric, iambic, and elegiac poetry); early contacts between Greece and other cultures of the Near East; historical grammar and etymology; comparative poetics and mythology. Contact: nikol@bu.edu

 

Tyler Perrachione

Assistant Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Sargent College. PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Perrachione is the director of the Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory.His areas of specialization include brain bases of complex auditory processing, including speech and voice perception, mechanisms of plasticity in human auditory cortex, human voice recognition and social auditory perception and developmental disorders of language and reading. Contact: tkp@bu.edu

 

Marnie Reed

Associate Professor of Education, School of Education. BA, University of Pennsylvania; EdM, EdD, Boston University.

   
 

Nancy Smith-Hefner

Associate Professor of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, MA, PhD, University of Michigan.

   
 

Helen Tager-Flusberg

Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences.  BSc, University College, University of London; PhD, Harvard University.

Professor Tager-Flusberg specializes in language in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, brain bases for language autism and language disorders, and development psycholinguistics. Contact: htagerf@bu.edu
   
 

Emeritus Faculty

Jean Berko Gleason

Professor Emerita, College of Arts and Sciences. AB, AM, PhD, Harvard University.

Jean Berko Gleason is a psycholinguist best known for her groundbreaking work on the acquisition of language by children. Her most recent research focus includes parental input language and socialization in language acquisition. Contact:  gleason@bu.edu

 

Jaakko Hintikka

Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences. PhD, University of Helsinki.

   
 

John P. Hutchison

Professor Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences. BA, Pomona College; MA, PhD, Indiana University.

   
 

Paula Menyuk

Professor Emerita, School of Education; BA, New York University; EdM, EdD, Boston University.

Dr. Menyuk is a specialist in child language development and was a director of the early Program in Applied Linguistics in both the School of Education and and the College of Liberal Arts. She is also the generator of the Boston University Conference on Language Development.