Faculty Members

LAL Faculty

Gabriela Alboiu

Gabriela Alboiu

Associate Professor (Linguistics)
BA (University of Bucharest)
PhD (University of Manitoba)

Syntactic theory, morphosyntax, syntax-semantics and syntax-pragmatics interfaces; Romance and Germanic languages; the Balkan Sprachbund; Onondaga (Iroquoian) and Ndebele (Bantu).

Contact

galboiu@yorku.ca
www.yorku.ca/galboiu

Philipp Angermeyer

Philipp Angermeyer
Graduate Program Director

Associate Professor (Linguistics)
MA (Cologne)
PhD (New York)

Sociolinguistics, language contact, codeswitching, linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis, language and law, translation and interpreting, writing systems. Specific language interests: Slavic (Russian, Polish, Czech), Spanish, Haitian Creole and other Pidgins & Creoles, German.

Contact

pangerme@yorku.ca
www.yorku.ca/pangerme/philipp.htm

Peter Avery

Peter Avery

Associate Professor (Linguistics)
BA, MA & PhD (University of Toronto)

Research interests include phonological theory, the phonology of voicing oppositions, Western Nilotic languages, Turkic languages. Secondary specialization in second language acquisition in particular the acquisition of phonology.

Contact

pavery@yorku.ca

Khaled Barkaoui

Khaled Barkaoui

Associate Professor (Education)
BA (University of Tunis)
MA (University of Manouba, Tunisia)
PhD (OISE/Toronto)

Current research interests include: assessment in education (alternative and dynamic assessment), program evaluation, research methodology (including mixed-methods research in education), second language learning and assessment, assessment of second language development, and second language writing.

Contact

kbarkaoui@edu.yorku.ca

Ellen Bialystok

Ellen Bialystok

Distinguished Research Professor (Psychology)
BSc, MA & PhD (University of Toronto)

Research programme investigates the impact of bilingualism on cognitive processing across the lifespan and the development and functioning of executive processes in cognition. Specific topics include the acquisition of literacy in monolingual and bilingual children, the role of inhibitory control in children’s cognitive development, and the relation between inhibitory control and language proficiency for monolingual and bilingual children.

Contact

ellenb@yorku.ca

Bruce Connell

Bruce Connell

Assistant Professor (Linguistics)
BA (University of Ottawa)
MSc (University of Alberta)
PhD (University of Edinburgh)

Research interests include Language endangerment: causes and documentation techniques; Language ecology: endangered languages in Africa; Minority language maintenance; Linguistic variation and change in contact languages: languages of the Mambila and Cross River regions (Nigeria-Cameroon); Dialect contact and mixing: comparative-historical work on the Mambiloid languages.

Contact

bconnell@yorku.ca

Susan Ehrlich

Susan Ehrlich

Professor (Linguistics and Women's Studies); Sabbatical 2017-18
BA (York University)
MA & PhD (University of Toronto)

Research interests include: interactional sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, language and gender, and language and the law.

Contact

sehrlich@yorku.ca

Sheila Embleton

Sheila Embleton

Distinguished Research Professor (Linguistics)
BSc, MSc, PhD (University of Toronto)

Application of mathematical and statistical techniques, particularly to historical linguistics and dialectology; historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, dialectology, onomastics; social and political factors in the complex interactions between different linguistic groups, both synchronically and diachronically; various Indo-European and Uralic languages and families; Peircean semiotics.

Contact

embleton@yorku.ca

Eve Haque

Eve Haque

Associate Professor (Applied Linguistics); Sabbatical 2017-18
BA & MA (Carleton University)
PhD (OISE/Toronto)

Language policy and planning; language and the formation of social and national identities; ethnolinguistic nationalism; language rights; cosmopolitanism, global English/es and TEFL; English for Academic Purposes; language training for newcomers (LINC, ELT, etc.); TESOL teacher education.

Contact

ehaque@yorku.ca

Michol Hoffman

Michol Hoffman

Associate Professor (Spanish); Sabbatical 2017-18
BA, MA, PhD (University of Toronto)

Language variation and change; sociolinguistics; ethnicity; multilingualism and language contact; language attitudes; sociophonetics. Specific language interests interests include: Canadian English; Spanish (especially in Canada).

Contact

mhoffman@yorku.ca

Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano

Roberta Iannacito-Provenzano

Associate Professor (Italian Linguistics) and Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
BA (York University)
MA & PhD (University of Toronto)

Research interests include Italian linguistics, Italian dialects, Romance linguistics, morphosyntax, multilingualism in Italian dialect theatre, social media and language use, code-switching, ethnicity, language contact, language variation and change, linguistic anthropology.  Specific language interests:  Italian, dialects of Italy.

Contact

roberta@yorku.ca

Ruth King

Ruth King

Professor (Linguistics and Women's Studies)
BA, MA, PhD (Memorial University)

Sociolinguistics; language contact; microvariation in syntax; feminist linguistics; Acadian French. Current research centers on grammatical variation in French and English.

Contact

rking@yorku.ca
www.yorku.ca/rking

Geoff Lawrence

Geoff Lawrence

Assistant Professor (Applied Linguistics)
BA (University of Toronto)
MA, PhD (OISE/Toronto)

Technology-mediated language teaching and learning; language teacher education; teacher beliefs; identity and language teaching/learning; English for academic and specific purposes; mixed methods research; intercultural communicative competence and intercultural teaching/learning.

Contact

glawrenc@yorku.ca

Heather Lotherington

Heather Lotherington

Professor (Education)
BA (University of New Brunswick)
Cert. TESL (Carleton University)
MA (Lancaster University)
PhD (University of Toronto)

Language and literacy education in multicultural societies; multiliteracies; multimodality; digital literacies; language maintenance, shift, and policy issues.

Contact

hlotherington@edu.yorku.ca

Ian Martin

Ian Martin

Associate Professor (English)
BA, MA (University of Toronto)

Linguistic plus cultural ecology of English as an international/world language; English for specific purposes; intercultural communication; theory and practice of language teacher education; motivation of language learning; contrastive motivation; roles of teachers and learners; and evaluation and assessment.

Contact

imartin@glendon.yorku.ca

Connie Mayer

Connie Mayer

Associate Professor (Education)
BMA & BEd (University of Western Ontario)
MEd & EdD (University of Toronto)

Language and literacy development in learners at risk (e.g., Deaf / Hard of Hearing); signed languages and literacy development; bilingual models of literacy education; sociocultural theory and its applications to language learning and teaching.

Contact

cmayer@edu.yorku.ca

Brian Morgan

Brian Morgan

Associate Professor (Applied Linguistics)
BA (York University)
MEd & PhD (OISE/Toronto)

Critical applied linguistics; English for academic purposes; community-based adult ESL; language, culture, and identity; language teacher education; critical media literacies/ multiliteracies in ESL.

Contact

bmorgan@glendon.yorku.ca
http://www.yorku.ca/bmorgan/

Chandan Narayan

Chandan Narayan

Assistant Professor (Linguistics); Sabbatical 2017-18
BA & MA (UC Berkeley)
PhD (University of Michigan)

Speech processing; adult and infant speech perception; acoustic phonetics; language acquisition; psycholinguistics.

Contact

chandann@yorku.ca

Razika Sanaoui

Razika Sanaoui

Associate Professor (Education); On Leave
Lic. (Nice)
T.E.S.L. Cert. (Carlton University)
MEd & PhD (University of Toronto)

Processes of English as a second/foreign language learning and teaching; vocabulary acquisition and instruction; writing development, instruction and assessment; computer communications in second language education; issues in teacher research/ education/ certification; research methods and designs; sociopolitical contexts of second language education; French as a second/foreign language education; and heritage languages.

Contact

razika_sanaoui@edu.yorku.ca

Linda Steinman

Linda Steinman

Associate Professor (English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics)
BA (McGill University)
MEd (Brock University)
PhD (OISE/Toronto)

Second language acquisition and pedagogy; teacher education; contrastive rhetoric; narrative inquiry; and sociocultural theory.

Contact

lstein@yorku.ca

Kiyoko Toratani

Kiyoko Toratani

Associate Professor (Japanese)
MA (Ohio University)
PhD (University at Buffalo)

Research interests include: syntactic theory, the syntax-semantics interface, lexical semantics, cognitive semantics and Japanese linguistics.

Contact

ktora@yorku.ca

Antonella Valeo

Antonella Valeo

Assistant Professor (Applied Linguistics)
BA (York University)
MEd (Sheffield)
PhD (OISE/Toronto)

Instructed second language acquisition, content-based language teaching and learning, form-focussed instruction, community-based adult ESL for newcomers, TESOL teacher education and language teacher professional development.

Contact

antvaleo@yorku.ca

James Walker

James Walker

Associate Professor (Linguistics); On leave
BA & MA (University of Toronto)
MA & PhD (University of Ottawa)

Language variation and change; sociolinguistics; ethnicity; multilingualism and language contact; pidgins and creoles; language acquisition; prosodic phonology; aspectual semantics; verb-phrase syntax. Specific language interests include English (especially African American, Caribbean and Canadian English); Scots Gaelic; Sango; Cantonese.

Contact

jamesw@yorku.ca
www.yorku.ca/jamesw

Retired Faculty

Nicolas W. Elson

Nicholas W. Elson

Emeritus (English as a Second Language)
BA (Carlton University)
MA (University of New Brunswick)

The broad field of second language teaching methodology and effective learning; teacher training/education; language assessment/testing; research methods; second language writing; the impact of sociopolitical factors on the ESL classroom; student perceptions of L2 learning and the impact of those perceptions on learning outcomes.

Contact

nelson@yorku.ca

Carol Fraser

Carol Fraser

Emerita (English)
M Es Arts (Universite de Montreal)
M Ed (McGill University)
D Ed (OISE/Toronto)

Second language education (ESL); psycholinguistcs, literacy; bilingualism; classroom-based research; L2 methodology; the development of proficiency in an L2 with a particular focus on reading, writing, vocabulary and critical thinking in an academic setting; the impact of instruction (e.g., teacher presentation, learning tasks, teacher feedback, student practice) on learning.

Contact

cfraser@glendon.yorku.ca

David J. Mendelsohn

David J. Mendelsohn

Emeritus (English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics)
BA, Dip.T.E.F.L. (Hebrew)
MA (Wales)
PhD (Edinburgh)

Second language acquisition; teacher education; the application of theory to the second/foreign language classroom; the application of the learning strategy research in the classroom; the teaching of listening comprehension; speaking and pronunciation; second/foreign language testing; accommodating the special needs of L2 students at university.

Contact

davidmen@yorku.ca

Raymond Mougeon

Raymond Mougeon

Emeritus (French Linguistics)
BA & MA (Sorbonne)
PhD (McGill University)

Variation in Ontario French; history of variation in European and Quebec French; acquisition of variation by advanced (F)SL learners; variation in minority languages; loss/maintenance of French in Ontario; loss/maintenance of minority languages.

Contact

rmougeon@yorku.ca
www.yorku.ca/rmougeon/