Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

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Kathleen Bardovi-Harlig

Provost Professor of Second Language Studies

ESL Coordinator

bardovi@indiana.edu (812) 855-9877 Morrison Hall 209

Interests include second language acquisition; second language temporality and tense-mood-aspect systems; interlanguage pragmatics

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Beatrix Burghardt

Lecturer of Second Language Studies

Language Coordinator of English Language Improvement Program

bburghar@indiana.edu (812) 855-4974 Morrison Hall 201

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Megan H. Connolly

Lecturer of Second Language Studies

mmhansen@indiana.edu (812) 855-7951 Morrison Hall 201

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Isabelle Darcy

Professor of Second Language Studies

idarcy@indiana.edu (812) 855-0033 Morrison Hall 231

Interests include second language phonology and processing; acquisition of phonology; accent; speech perception; word recognition

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Kenneth J. deJong

Adjunct Professor of Second Language Studies
Professor of Linguistics

kdejong@indiana.edu (812) 856-1307 Ballantine Hall 859

Interests include prosodic systems in natural human communication; second language production and perception; speaking/listening and variation across individuals; phonetic facts as historical pressures

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Laurent Dekydtspotter

Chair of Second Language Studies
Professor of French

ldekydts@indiana.edu (812) 855-2221 Morrison Hall 214

Interests include Psycholinguistics: behavioral (judgments, reading times, reaction times, etc.) and brain (event related potential) measures; Grammatical area: phrasal semantics and grammatically computed pragmatic inferences; Second language theory: Fundamental properties of second language grammar and processing, and parser-grammar relations

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César Félix-Brasdefer

Adjunct Associate Professor of Second Language Studies


Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Director of Hispanic Linguistics

cfelixbr@indiana.edu (812) 855-9551 Global and International Studies Building 2135

Interests include cross-cultural and interlanguage pragmatics; politeness theory; speech act theory; conversation analysis; instruction of pragmatics

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Debra Friedman

Associate Professor of Second Language Studies

debfried@indiana.edu (812) 855-2680 Morrison Hall 207

Interests include second and multilingual language socialization; second language pedagogy; social, political, and ideological aspects of second language education; heritage language education; qualitative research methods

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Kimberly L. Geeslin

Adjunct Associate Professor of Second Language Studies
Interim Chair of Spanish and Portuguese
Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

kgeeslin@indiana.edu (812) 856-5470 Global and International Studies 2173 / 2176

Interests include second language acquisition (issues in the acquisition of Spanish by English-speakers); intersection of sociolinguistics and second language acquisition (language variation and change)

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Mike Iverson

Lecturer of Second Language Studies

mikeiver@iu.edu (812) 855-0032 Morrison Hall 201

Interests include Interests include outcomes of bilingualism: adult second language acquisition, third language acquisition, heritage language, and first language attrition; acquisition and development of morphosyntax in non-native languages; Spanish and Portuguese; statistical methods in experimental linguistic research

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Philip S. LeSourd

Associate Professor of Anthropology

plesourd@indiana.edu (812) 855-4649 Student Building 336

Interests include morphological and syntactic theory; comparative Algonquian linguistics; Maliseet-Passamaquoddy

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Öner Özçelik

Assistant Professor, Central Eurasian Studies
Director, Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Second Language Studies

oozcelik@indiana.edu 812-855-3759 Global and International Studies Building 3019

Interests include second language acquisition (with emphasis on Turkish); Phonology and Phonetics (with an emphasis on prosody); Turkish and Turkic languages; prosody-syntax interface; phonology-morphology interface

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Sun-Young Shin

Associate Professor of Second Language Studies

shin36@indiana.edu (812) 855-8479 Morrison Hall 234

Interests include L2 assessment, English for academic purposes, Language program evaluation, Web-based language teaching and testing, Standard Setting, and Statistical analyses for language study

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Janusz Solarz

Lecturer of Second Language Studies

jsolarz@indiana.edu (812) 855-8479 Morrison Hall 201

Interests: Social, political, moral, and ideological aspects of second language education, writing as an identity-forming practice, jewish literatures in Eastern Europe and translation of poetry.

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Rex A. Sprouse

Professor of Second Language Studies
Adjunct Professor of Linguistics and Germanic Studies
Director of Graduate Studies of Department, Second Language Studies

rsprouse@indiana.edu (812) 855-3248 Morrison Hall 205

Interests include second language acquisition; structure and history of the languages of Western Europe (Germanic, Romance, Celtic) and Turkic languages; syntactic theory; language contact.

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David Stringer

Associate Professor of Second Language Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies of Second Language Studies

ds6@indiana.edu (812) 855-5992 Morrison Hall 233

Interests include first and second language acquisition; syntax, morphology, lexical semantics; World Englishes; language attrition; biocultural diversity

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Yucel Yilmaz

Associate Professor of Second Language Studies

yyilmaz@indiana.edu (812) 855-4968 Morrison Hall 203

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Michelle Adams

adamsmia@indiana.edu

PhD Student

Alejandra Aguilar Perez

aleaguil@iu.edu

Alejandra Aguilar Perez is pursuing a Master’s degree in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. She holds B.As from Indiana University in International Studies and Germanic Studies. Alejandra completed a Fulbright ETA grant in 2018 where she taught English at a public federal university in Brazil. Her interests include adult second language acquisition and language pedagogy.

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Jae Hyun Ahn

jhahn17@iu.edu

Jae Hyun Ahn is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies. Her research interests are sentence processing in psycholinguistics, language assessment, and computational linguistics. In particular, she is interested in how sentences are parsed and tested by various syntactic theories in both human and machine languages. Jae Hyun was a secondary school teacher in South Korea and she also has a B.A. and M.A. in English Education from Korea University.

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Will Allendorfer

wallendo@indiana.edu

Will Allendorfer is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies. His research focuses on second language acquisition and use in online discourse. His other interests include computer-mediated communication, Arabic, language pedagogy, and pragmatics. Will has an M.A. in TESOL/Linguistics from West Virginia University and over 11 years of classroom experience as an ESL/EFL instructor.

 

Hannah Alt

altha@iu.edu

MA SLS Student

Diana Arroyo Ensuncho

dcarroyo@indiana.edu

Diana Arroyo is a PhD student in SLS with a focus on instructed second language acquisition. Her research interests include aptitude-treatment interactions, Task-based language teaching, and measures of explicit and implicit language knowledge. More specifically, she is interested in effects of corrective feedback in SLA in interactional contexts.

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Bihua Chen

bc1@iu.edu

Bihua Chen is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies. She received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Sun Yat-sen University in China and taught English there for six year. Her research interests include L2 phonology and language testing. She is currently teaching first year Japanese.

Hunter Brakovec

hzbrakov@iu.edu

MA SLS Student

Jih-Ho Cha

jihcha@iu.edu

PhD Student

Jaesu Choi

choi253@indiana.edu

Jaesu Choi is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies. His areas of interest are in the fields of representations of implicit/explicit knowledge, task complexity in the testing context, development and validation of educational, psychological, and linguistic measurement, and psychometric modeling: Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), Item Response Theory (IRT), and Bayesian models.

Jungyoun Choi

choi11@iu.edu

PhD Student

Jean Young Chun

jeanchun@indiana.edu

Jean Young Chun is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies with a concentration in language assessment. She attained her masters degree in Second Language Studies at University of Hawaii.

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Danielle Daidone

ddaidone@indiana.edu

Danielle Daidone is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies and Hispanic Linguistics. Her main research area is second language phonology, with a particular focus on lexical representations and spoken word recognition. She also works on individual differences in second language phonological acquisition, as well as first and second language sociolinguistics.

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Kenna Daniel

kedaniel@indiana.edu

Kenna Daniel is a PhD student in Second Language Studies whose research interests include Italian second language acquisition and pedagogy. She has been teaching Italian language and ESL courses for the past ten years. She has an MA in Italian from Indiana University, an MA in TESL from the University of Mississippi, and an MA in SLS from Indiana University.

Lucas Derry

ljderry@iu.edu

Lucas Derry has a B.A. in French and B.S in Linguistics from Truman State University. His interests include psycholinguistics and second language phonology, instructed SLA, and Kartvelian linguistics.

Daniel Graff

dagraff@iu.edu

Daniel Graff is an MA student in Second Language Studies whose primary research interests are second language acquisition and pedagogy. He taught English as a Second Language for three years in Japan on the JET Programme, and he earned his B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (2016).

Franziska Kruger

fkruger@indiana.edu

PhD Candidate

Billy Lebbs

blebbs@iu.edu

Billy holds a B.A. in French and Classics and a M.A. in French from the University of Arizona. He is currently a Ph.D. student in both Second Language Studies and French Linguistics. His interests lie in the acquisition of tense-aspect, specifically progressivity, in L2 French.

Ryan Lidster

rflidste@indiana.edu

Ryan Lidster is a PhD candidate in SLS with a focus on the assessment of second language listening and speaking. His research explores issues in the acquisition of non-native sound systems on the one hand, as well as the use of language assessments for decision-making purposes, including validity argumentation and measurement theory, on the other, with particular focus on English and Japanese.

Fengming Liu

fl7@iu.edu

Fengming Liu is a PhD student in Second Language Studies. She received her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from Beijing Language and Culture University. Her research interests include psycholinguistics and phonological acquisition.

Houston McClure

hfmcclur@iu.edu

PhD Student

Jeanne McGill

jeagilbe@indiana.edu

Jeanne McGill, a PhD candidate in SLS, is currently working on her dissertation entitled Do Words Matter? How Lexical Input Influences German/English Bilinguals’ Syntax in Beginning Swedish. Besides L3 acquisition, she is interested in language revitalization and classroom language teaching and learning. She has an MA in German and has also taught Spanish and academic English.

Hunter McKenzie

hunmcken@iu.edu

Hunter McKenzie is a Ph.D. student with an MA in Second Language Studies from Indiana University. His research focuses on the acquisition of L2 argument structure, with a special interest in the dative alternation and the comparative syntax of English and Mandarin Chinese double object constructions. He also is interested in empirical connections between second language acquisition and diachronic language change. He currently teaches courses in ESL and American culture.

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Emily Moscaritolo

emoscari@indiana.edu

Emily Moscaritolo is an M.A. student in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies and Spanish from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include L1 attrition and bilingual education.

Lucas Murphy

lumurphy@iu.edu

Lucas Murphy is pursuing a Master’s degree in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. He holds a B.A from Indiana University and an A.A. in Paralegal Studies. His interests include second language acquisition and language pedagogy.

Bora Nam

bnam@umail.iu.edu

Bora Nam is a PhD candidate in SLS. Her research interests include L2 syntax, theoretical syntax and semantics, historical linguistics, with particular focus on English and East Asian languages. Her dissertation examines the role of UG and L1 transfer in the nontargetlike use of be-forms by adult EFL learners as a topic marker and/or an inflectional morpheme.

Yena Park

parkyena@indiana.edu

Yena Park is a PhD student in Second Language Studies. She received a M.A. in Second Language Studies from Indiana University, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Underwood International College at Yonsei University. Her interests include test validation, assessing oral proficiency, and L2 acquisition of suprasegmentals.

Sadi Phillips

sadiphil@iu.edu

PhD Student

Tory Robinson

toryrobi@iu.edu

Tory Robinson is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies whose research interests are psycholinguistics and second language phonology. Her background includes an M.A. in Spanish, and a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Mississippi, as well as two years teaching both English and Spanish at the University level. 

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Paul Richards

pauricha@indiana.edu

Paul Richards is a Doctoral Student in Second Language Studies. He received an M.A. in Second Language Studies from Indiana University in 2015. His primary research interests revolve around the acquisition of syntax and semantics in second language. Further interests include theoretical and practical issues in computational linguistics, particularly relating to how annotation schemes affect SLA corpus research; and Japanese Linguistics.

Brian Rocca

brocca@iu.edu

Brian Rocca is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies. His main research interests are second language phonology and pedagogy with a focus on pronunciation instruction. Brian has an M.A. in Linguistics/TESOL from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has taught ESL/EFL in the United States, Indonesia, and Chile.

John Rothgerber

rothgerj@indiana.edu

John Rothgerber is a PhD candidate in Second Language Studies. His primary research focuses on the perception and lexical encoding of second language speech sounds. He is also interested in pronunciation instruction. He has an M.A. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University and has been teaching ESL/EFL in the United States and Japan for over 13 years.

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Suchada Sanonguthai

ssanongu@iu.edu

Suchada Sanonguthai is a PhD student in Second Language Studies from Bangkok, Thailand. Her background includes Thai EFL in secondary and university education. Her research interests are high-stakes language assessment, test washback, language policy, and curriculum design.

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Shaye Smith

sns13@iu.edu

Shaye Smith is an M.A. student in Second Language Studies. Her research interests include child second language acquisition, dual-language education, and bilingualism. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado College and spent several years as a middle school teacher before beginning her studies at IU. .

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Kyle Swanson

krswans@iu.edu

Kyle Swanson is a PhD candidate in Second Language Studies. His primary interest is the processing of L2 syntax. His dissertation examines the neuronal activity that underlies the characteristic fragility of L2 parsing. He generally works with judgments, reading/reaction times and EEG, but he is always interested in trying new tools.

Kimberly Wan

kfwan@iu.edu

Kimberly Wan is a Ph.D. student in Second Language Studies. Her research interests include psycholinguistics, adult foreign language acquisition, technology-assisted language learning and language testing.

Alex Williams

aw14@iu.edu

MA SLS Student

Madison Wray

mewray@indiana.edu

MA SLS Student

Jungwon Yoo

junyoo@iu.edu

PhD Student

Tara Zahler

tzahler@indiana.edu

Tara Zahler is a Ph.D. candidate in Second Language Studies with a concentration in pedagogy and a minor in English.  Her primary research interests include L2 writing, feedback and revision, and language teacher development.  Tara has taught graduate-level courses in language teaching methodology and facilitated teacher development workshops in China, Indonesia, Panama, and the United States. Her work can be found in TESOL Quarterly.

Lijuan Zhang

zhanliju@iu.edu

MA TESOL Student

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Laurent Dekydtspotter

Chair
Professor

ldekydts@indiana.edu (812) 855-2221 Morrison Hall 214

Mandy Stewart

Department Administrator
TEPAIC Coordinator

mandyst@indiana.edu (812) 856-0522 Morrison Hall 216

Kellee Miller

Student Services and Administrative Assistant

dsls@indiana.edu (812) 855-7951 Morrison Hall 216

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Michelle Fleener

Director, Budget and Administration
Assistant Director, Intensive English Program

fleenerm@iu.edu (812) 855-0419 Morrison Hall 202

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Jennifer Ashcraft

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

jeashcra@indiana.edu (812) 855-4538 Global and International Studies Building (GA) 1043

The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.