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Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Language varies across space and time, and my passion is to explore the "how" and "why" of linguistic variation and change. My research focuses on the spread of linguistic change between Amish communities across North America — a long term, fieldwork oriented project on the dialectology of Pennsylvania German.

In my classes students investigate both the marvelous systematicity of all languages and the intersection of language use with aspects of social identity such as age, ethnicity, gender, history, region, and religion.


Teaching Fields

Office Hours

Fall 2018

Teaching Schedule

Fall 2018


Research Interests

Selected Publications



English Department

Marquette University, Marquette Hall 115 (campus map)
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7179
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