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Faculty and Staff

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Department Chair


Anna Feldman

222C Conrad Schmitt Hall

Anna Feldman, professor, holds a joint appointment in Linguistics and Computer Science at Montclair State. She received the PhD in Linguistics from The 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.



Anita Veal

222 Conrad Schmitt Hall

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

Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Abugharsa has a Ph.D. in TESL and Linguistics from Oklahoma State University in 2014. She has a Master’s degree in Computational Linguistics from Montclair State University in 2022. In addition, She has publications in English and Arabic, and she is currently working on her third book. She focuses her research on developing deep learning models relevant to metaphor detection from Arabic poetry in addition to using machine learning models to generate new Arabic poems.
Lauren Covey, assistant professor, received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Kansas in June 2018. Her dissertation, which was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the William Orr Dingwall Foundation, and the journal Language Learning, used electroencephalography (EEG) to track the processing of long-distance syntactic dependencies by native speakers and second language learners of English. Dr. Covey’s research takes a cognitive neuroscience approach to second language acquisition, and she utilizes psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic techniques to examine how native speakers and second language learners process sentences in real time.
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Larissa Goulart

240B Conrad J. Schmitt Hall

I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Montclair State University. I held a previous position as a Lecturer of TESOL at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. In 2022, I completed my PhD in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. My MA in ELT was completed at Warwick University in Coventry, UK and my BA in English and Portuguese Teaching was obtained from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. My research interest lies in corpus-based approaches to register variation, academic discourse, and second language writing. I have published my work in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Register Studies, Journal of Reading as a Foreign Language, among others.
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Jonathan Howell

240C Conrad Schmitt Hall

Jonathan Howell, assistant professor, received the 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.
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Jennifer Perlis

240A Conrad Schmitt Hall

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 minor in ASL Studies and the ASL interpreting program. She serves as academic advisor for the Montclair State ASL Club and teaches both level 1 and level 2 ASL courses.

Longxing Wei

240D Conrad Schmitt Hall

Longxing Wei, professor, received the 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

Mary Call received the PhD in General Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include second language acquisition, language and culture, and language teaching methodology. At Montclair State University, she taught the undergraduate and graduate courses in second language acquisition theory and the graduate course in language teaching methodology.
Alice F. Freed received the 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).

Susana Sotillo

Susana Sotillo received her 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.