University of Mississippi

Linguistics Faculty

  • Allison Burkette

    Associate Professor of Linguistics and Graduate Student Coordinator for Linguistics
    Ph.D., University of Georgia
    Dr. Burkette’s research interests include language variation and Appalachian English, with an emphasis on complexity theory in historical studies as they relate to Linguistic Atlas data.
    Office: 210 Howry Hall | 662-915-1458 | burkette at

    Allen Clark

    Associate Professor of Arabic and Director of the Arabic Language Program
    Ph.D., The Ohio State University
    Dr. Clark’s research interests include translation in the Arabic-English language pair, questioning the source of semantic mismatches, whether they may be ideological, political, social, military, or a combination of these factors.
    Office: 211 Croft | 662-915-5520 | asclark at

    Dr. Coles

    Felice Coles

    Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
    Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
    Dr. Coles’s research interests include dialects of American English, Hispanic sociolinguistics and language obsolescence.
    Office: E-210A Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7702 | fcoles at

    Donald L. Dyer

    Professor of Russian and Linguistics and Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts
    Ph.D., University of Chicago
    Dr. Dyer’s research interests include the Russian, Bulgarian and Romanian languages, Slavic and Balkan Linguistics, languages in contact and Moldova.
    Office: 204 Ventress Hall | 662-915-7778 | mldyer at

    Maria Fionda

    Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics and Pedagogical Consultant to the Basic Spanish Language Program
    Ph.D., University of Florida
    Dr. Fionda’s research interests include Hispanic and cognitive linguistics and languages in contact.
    Office: E-205B Bondurant Hall | 662-915-3140 | mifionda at

    Lorena Fonseca

    Senior Lecturer of French and Portuguese
    Ph.D., Lumières-Lyon II, France
    Office: E-212 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-1980 | lfonseca at

    Valentina Iepuri

    Assistant Professor of Russian and Director of the Russian Language Program
    Ph.D., Minsk State Linguistics University
    Dr. Iepuri’s research interests include the Russian language in the post-Soviet period, languages in contact and language pedagogy.
    Office: E-210B Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7715 | vbiepuri at

    Kaoru Ochiai

    Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Japanese and Director of the Japanese Language Program
    Ph.D., University of Mississippi
    Dr. Ochiai’s professional interests include second language acquisition, teaching methodologies and comparative cultural studies of the United States and Japan.
    Office: 217 Croft | 662-915-3772 | kochiai at

    Michael Raines

    Instructional Assistant Professor of TESL and Intensive English
    Ph.D., University of Mississippi
    Office: 204 Howry Hall | 662-915-1492 | mcraines at

    Christopher D. Sapp

    Associate Professor of German and Linguistics
    Ph.D., Indiana University
    Dr. Sapp’s research interests include the historical morphology and syntax of German, language acquisition and Scandinavian linguistics
    Office: E-211B Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7664 | csapp at

    Whitney Sarver

    Senior Director of the Intensive English Program
    Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Office: 620 All American Way | 662-915-1560 | wasarver at

    Vance Schaefer

    Assistant Professor of TESL and Applied Linguistics
    Ph.D., Indiana University
    Mr. Schaefer’s research interests include L2 phonology, phonology, phonetics and second-language pedagogy.
    Office: 209 Howry Hall | 662-915-1194 | schaefer at

    Tamara Warhol

    Associate Professor of TESL and Linguistics and Graduate Coordinator for TESL
    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
    Dr. Warhol’s research interests include classroom and professional discourse in the humanities and the sciences; the intersection of language, gender and religion; and second language teaching and learning, with an emphasis on second language writing.
    Office: 213 Howry | 662-915-5029 | twarhol at

    Henrietta Yang

    Croft Associate Professor of Chinese and Co-Director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program
    Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
    Dr. Yang’s research interests include Chinese linguistics, formal syntactic theory, Chinese language pedagogy, and the interface between instructional technology and language teaching.
    Office: 213 Croft | 662-915-6794 | hsyang at

    Yifei Yang

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese
    Ph.D., Fudan University
    Dr. Yang’s research interests include Chinese-language pedagogy and Chinese linguistics.
    Office: 216 Croft | 662-915-6792 | yyang7 at

    Zhini Zeng

    Assistant Professor of Chinese
    Ph.D., The Ohio State University
    Dr. Zeng’s research interests include Chinese-language pedagogy (with an emphasis on material development, curriculum design and assessment), cross-cultural communication, Chinese linguistics and discourse analysis.
    Office: 215 Croft | 662-915-5042 | zzeng at

    John Gutiérrez

    Croft Professor of Spanish Emeritus

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    Graduate Teaching Assistants

    Marina Lepekhova

    Marina Lepekhova

    Teaching Assistant in Linguistics and Russian
    Office: C-007 Bondurant | 662-915-7298 | mlepekho at

    Seval Şentürk

    Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant in Turkish
    Office: 115 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7298 | m.beyza.cayli at