Ariana Bancu
Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
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.

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:

2019 Bancu, Ariana. Contact-Induced Variation in Transylvanian Saxon Verb Clusters. Language, Vol. 95. DOI:

2018 Bancu, Ariana Language profile and syntactic change in two multilingual communities. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America Annual Meeting.

2017 Bancu, Ariana Word Order Variation and Change in Transylvanian Saxon. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 23.2. Article 3.
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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
Spring 2021 Virtual Office Hours
Wednesday: 11: a.m.-5 p.m. and other hours by appointment.
Office hours will be held at the following Zoom link:

I have Remote classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:55 a.m.-12:05 p.m.. I will be unavailable during these times. Email to schedule an appointment.
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae
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