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Richard
W.
Hallett
Ph.D.
Professor; Program Coordinator; Undergraduate Advisor
Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5879
Courses Taught
LING 201: Introduction to General Linguistics
LING 300: English Grammar in the Classroom
LING 322: Introduction to Sociolinguistics
LING 361: Introduction to World Englishes
LING 401: Fundamentals of Modern Linguistics
LING 454: Language and Identity
LING 471: World Englishes
LING 481: Language and Tourism
Research Interests
Discourse of tourism, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition
Education

Ph.D., University of South Carolina

M.A., Louisiana State University

B.A., Indiana University

Additional Information

I am the campus representative for the U.S. Fulbright scholarship program.  

LWH 2029
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5879
Office Hours
Virtual Office Hours (Google Meet)
Tuesday: 5-6 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Thursday: 4-5 p.m.
and by appointment
Main Campus
Ariana Bancu
Ariana
Bancu
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences
Expertise
Sociolinguistics, Multilingualism, Language Contact, Language Documentation
Courses Taught
LING 120: Language & Human Behavior
LING 322: Intro to Sociolinguistics
LING 446: Sociolinguistics
LING 450: First Language Acquisition
LING 452: Psycholinguistics
LING 483: Field Methods in Linguistics
Research Interests
Investigating social and linguistic factors that lead to language change and language maintenance in multilingual contexts.
Education

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Michigan, 2019, Dissertation title: Dynamics of language contact and language variation: the case of Transylvanian Saxon in the homeland and the diaspora. 
Chair: Marylse Baptista; committee: Robin Queen, Sarah Thomason, Acrisio Pires, Susi Wurmbrand. 

M.A. in Linguistics, Northeastern Illinois University, 2012, MA title: A comparative morpho-syntactic analysis of the code-switches of Romanian immigrants in the USA and in Spain

Selected Publications

2020 Bancu, Ariana. Two Case Studies on Structural Variation in Multilingual Settings. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 750–764, Mar. 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v5i1.4760

2019 Bancu, Ariana. Contact-Induced Variation in Transylvanian Saxon Verb Clusters. Language, Vol. 95. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1353/lan.2019.0041

2018 Bancu, Ariana Language profile and syntactic change in two multilingual communities. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v3i1.4364

2017 Bancu, Ariana Word Order Variation and Change in Transylvanian Saxon. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 23.2. Article 3.
Available at:  http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol23/iss2/3

Background

In my work I investigate the connection between language and society from various aspects. As language is an intrinsic part of our lives, language and society are tightly interconnected. Our language use and our attitudes towards different language varieties, whether we look at dialects of the same language, or different languages, reflect power dynamics connected to social class, gender, ethnicity, age, and beyond. I am interested in how minority languages and dialects are affected by more prestigious dominant languages, and I pay special attention to the factors that lead to successful language maintenance. I enjoy doing fieldwork, talking to minority language speakers, learning more about their connection to their mother tongue, and collecting data through interviews.

I also enjoy bringing some of the techniques I use in the field to my classroom and showing students how to conduct linguistic research by investigating the language used around them. The most rewarding part of my teaching is being able to systematically show students that all languages are equally valid. Through this, I hope to empower my students to embrace their own language variety and the linguistic diversity that is part of our society. 

Office Hours
Virtual Office Hours
Wednesday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and other hours by appointment.
Email av-bancu@neiu.edu to schedule appointment via Zoom or Google Hangouts.
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Curriculum Vitae
ABancu_CV.pdf218.26 KB
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Karen
Duchaj
Ph.D.
Instructor
Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5874
Expertise
History of the English language
Courses Taught
LING 109: FYE: Language and Diversity in Chicago
LING 110: Lexicology: The Study of Words
LING 120: Language and Human Behavior
LING 201: Introduction to General Linguistics
LING 301: History of the English Language
LING 322: Introduction to Sociolinguistics
LING 401: Fundamentals of Modern Linguistics
LING 446: Sociolinguistics
Research Interests
Conversation analysis, onomastics
Education

Ph.D. Northwestern University

LWH 4090
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5874
Office Hours
Virtual office hours, by appointment only, MTWR 2-5 p.m.
Email at k-duchaj@neiu.edu
Main Campus
Lewis Gebhardt
Lewis
Gebhardt
Ph.D.
Graduate Advisor
Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5835
Expertise
Syntax, semantics, noun phrase structure and meaning, origin of language
Courses Taught
LING 401: Fundamentals of Modern Linguistics
LING 405: Typology
LING 422: Phonology
LING 427: Morphology
LING 435: Semantics
LING 437: Introduction to Generative Grammar
LING 438: Syntax
LING 447/347: Origin of Language
LING 475: Historical and Comparative Linguistics
LING 499: Thesis Seminar
Research Interests
Syntax and semantics of noun phrases, numeral classifiers, number, definiteness, Crow, Persian, theory of grammar, the origin of language
Education

Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Northwestern University

LWH 2028
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5835
Office Hours
Virtual Advising Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Request a Zoom appointment via l-gebhardt@neiu.edu
Main Campus
Dr. Jill Hallett, Ph.D.
Jill
Hallett
Ph.D.
Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5879
Courses Taught
LING 120: Language and Human Behavior
LING 361: Introduction to World Englishes
LING 364: Introduction to African American English
LING 471: World Englishes
Research Interests
Sociolinguistics, specifically American and world Englishes, urban pedagogical discourse, language in the media, linguistic identity in literature, second language/ second dialect acquisition
Education

Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012

Dissertation: “African American English in Urban Education: A Multimethodological Approach to Understanding Classroom Discourse Strategies”

M.A. in Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

Qualifying papers: “New voices in the canon: The case for including world Englishes in pedagogy” (sociolinguistics), “More attention, this issue needs: Indo-Aryan constituent order transfer in English” (second language acquisition)

M.A. in Linguistics/TESL, Northeastern Illinois University, 2006

Thesis: “Identity and language choice in Indian English: Using Salman Rushdie’s novels to promote an Indian identity”

M.A. in Teaching Secondary English, National-Louis University, 2002

B.A. in English/Writing, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles:

Hallett, Jill. 2013.  Constructing “Remorse”: The preparation of social discourses for public consumption.  Text and Talk 33(2): 189-212.

Hallett, Jill. 2012. A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Language, Literature, and Identity.  Aligarh Journal of Linguistics, 2.

Hallett, Jill. 2011. More attention, this issue needs: Indo-Aryan constituent order transfer in English.  Southern Journal of Linguistics 35(1), 1-46.

Lichtman, Karen; Chang, Shawn; Cramer, Jennifer; Crespo del Rio, Claudia; Huensch, Amanda; Hallett, Jill. 2010. IPA Illustration of Q’anjob’al.  Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2010: 1-23. Available online at http://hdl.handle.net/2142/17090.

Hallett, Jill. 2009. Packaging social worlds: Micro- and macro-social replication in mass-mediated discourse.  Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2009: 58-80. 

Chapters in Edited Volumes:

Hallett, Jill. (forthcoming) Language, Identity, and the American Classroom.  In Nehal, Raashid (ed.), Cross Cultural Issues in ELT.  New Delhi: BookShelf.

Hallett, Jill and Richard Hallett. 2013. Political Identity Gone Viral: Indian and International H1N1 Cartoons.  In Hasnain, Imtiaz, Sangeeta Bagga-Gupta, and Shailendra Mohan (eds.),  Alternative Voices:(Re)searching Language, Culture, and Identity. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars.  120-151.

Hallett, Jill. 2012. It’s a Special Kind of Frog: Co-creating Teaching Materials for the Q’anjob’al in Diaspora.  Proceedings of the Second Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America/ Actas del Segundo Simposio sobre Enseñanza y Aprendizaje de Lenguas Indígenas de América Latina. Available online at http://kellogg.nd.edu/STLILLA/proceedings/Hallett_Jill.pdf.

Hallett, Jill and Richard Hallett. 2012. Metaphors and topoi of H1N1 (swine flu) political cartoons: A cross-cultural analysis.  In Bramlett, Frank (ed.), Linguistics and the Study of Comics.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Cramer, Jennifer and Hallett, Jill. 2010. From Chi-Town to the Dirty-Dirty: Regional Identity Markers in U.S. Hip Hop.  In Terkourafi, Marina (ed.), The Languages of Global Hip Hop.  London: Continuum.

Hallett, Jill. 2010. Codeswitching in Diasporic Indian and Jewish English-Language Media.  In Facchinetti, Roberta, David Crystal and Barbara Seidlhofer (eds.), Global English. Theoretical Aspects and Cross-Linguistic/Cultural Case Studies.  Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

Hallett, Jill. 2009. New voices in the canon: The case for including world Englishes in literature. In Lucia Siebers & Thomas Hoffman (eds.) World Englishes: Problems, properties, prospects. Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Background

I’m from Chicago, and am an NEIU alumna. I taught high school in Chicago for many years, and use my experience in secondary education to inspire and inform my research in sociolinguistics.

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5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
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Office Hours
not teaching this term
El Centro
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Kenneth Konopka
Kenneth
Konopka
Ph.D.
Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-4705
Expertise
Sociophonetics
Courses Taught
LING 110: Lexicology: The Study of Words
LING 120: Language and Human Behavior
LING 201: Introduction to General Linguistics
Research Interests
Phonetics, sociolinguistics, language contact
Education

Instructor, Ph.D., Northwestern University

LWH 4090
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-4705
Office Hours
Tuesday 9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday 12:30-1:30 p.m.
El Centro
Main Campus