Faculty and Staff

Department Chair

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Eileen Fitzpatrick

222 Conrad Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-4286

Eileen Fitzpatrick, professor and chair, received a PhD in Linguistics from New York University. Her research centers on computational approaches to detecting deception in language. She teaches courses in computational linguistics. Fitzpatrick has been the principal investigator on several Department of Defense contracts involving the annotation of narrative data and modeling of classifiers to predict deception, is a co-author of Automatic Detection of Verbal Deception, and the editor of Corpus Linguistics Beyond the Word: Corpus Research from Phrase to Discourse. Prior to coming to Montclair State, she was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories.



Anita Veal

222 Conrad Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-4286

Anita Veal is the program asssistant for administrative services in the Linguistics Department.

Full-Time Faculty


Natasha Abner

240A Conrad Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-7669

Natasha Abner, assistant professor, received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include the morphology, syntax, and semantics of signed languages, which she investigates using both traditional fieldwork techniques and experimental methodologies. She is also interested in new sign languages, homesign, and how language emerges, as well as in issues related to the use of gesture in spoken language communication and the ways that sign languages and gesture are similar and different. Abner serves as a board member and volunteer assistant director for Camp Looking Glass, a non-profit organization that provides free recreational activities and summer camps for individuals with disabilities.


Mary Call

240F Conrad Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-5137

Mary Call, associate professor, received a PhD in General Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include Second Language Acquisition, Language and Culture, and Language Teaching Methodology. She regularly teaches the undergraduate and graduate courses in second language acquisition theory and the graduate course in language teaching methodology.


Anna Feldman

240B Conrad Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-7500

Anna Feldman, associate professor, holds a joint appointment in Linguistics and Computer Science at Montclair State. She received her PhD in Linguistics from Ohio State University. Her research interests have centered around resource-light morphology and, more recently, automatic idiom recognition. She is the recipient of eight National Science Foundation grants and is the first author, with Jirka Hana, of A Resource-Light Approach to Morphological Tagging.


Jonathan Howell

240C Conrad Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-7505

Jonathan Howell, assistant professor, received a PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University. His research concerns context-sensitive meaning in language, and in particular the role of prosody (e.g. intonation, stress, rhythm) in discourse. He teaches courses including: Introduction to General Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Selected Topics in Linguistics: Prosody; and Phonetics & Phonology. Previously, he also held a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University and taught at Brock University and Syracuse University.


Jennifer Perlis

240A Conrad Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-7669

Jennifer Perlis, instructional specialist and ASL program coordinator, received an MA in Teaching American Sign Language (ASL) from the Teacher's College, Columbia University. Perlis was instrumental in forming the new minor in ASL Studies and will be working towards the future ASL interpreting program. She serves as academic advisor for the MSU ASL Club and teaches both the beginning and intermediate level ASL courses.


Susana Sotillo

240E Conrad Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-7377

Susana Sotillo, associate professor, received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Educational Linguistics. Her research interests include: code-switching in digitally-mediated discourse and as a learning strategy in foreign languages; corpus linguistics, and second language acquisition. She has taught online courses in language and culture and currently teaches traditional and hybrid courses in mobile language communication, language in society, and corpus linguistics.


Lonxing Wei

240D Conrad Schmitt Hall
(973) 655-7501

Longxing Wei, professor, received a PhD in linguistics from the University of South Carolina. His research interests include second language acquisition, interlanguage, the bilingual mental lexicon, bilingualism, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, contact linguistics, and stylistics. He teaches courses including Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Research Design in Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Advanced Structure of American English, Languages in Contact, Cognitive Linguistics, Current Theories of Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, and Translation Theory.

Emeritus Faculty


Alice F. Freed


Alice F. Freed received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of specialization are sociolinguistics and discourse analysis with a focus on language and gender, question use in English, institutional discourse, and language and food. At Montclair State she taught in a variety of programs from Linguistics to Women’s Studies, the Honors Program, and the General Education program. She is the author of The Semantics of English Aspectual Complementation (Reidel 1979), co-editor with Victoria Bergvall and Janet Bing of Rethinking Language and Gender Research: Theory and Practice (Longman 1996), and co-editor with Susan Ehrlich of “Why Do You Ask?”: The Function of Questions in Institutional Discourse (Oxford University Press, 2010).