University of Mississippi

Linguistics Faculty

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    Allison Burkette (on leave spring 2015)

    Associate Professor of 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 | 662-915-1458 | burkette at


    Allen Clark

    Assistant 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: 209 Howry | 662-915-1194 | asclark at

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    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

    Chair and Professor of Russian and Linguistics
    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: C115 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7298 | mldyer at


    Esim Erdim

    Professor of Applied Linguistics
    Ph.D., Kent State University
    Dr. Erdim’s research interests include teaching English as a second language, curriculum design and translation theory.
    13 Old Athletics | 662-915-7915 | eerdim at


    Maria Fionda

    Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics
    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 (on leave 2014-15)

    Lecturer of French
    Ph.D., University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and Lumières-Lyon II, France
    Office: E-213 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-5809 | lfonseca at

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    John Gutiérrez (on leave 2014-15)

    Croft Professor of Spanish
    Ph.D., University of New Mexico
    Dr. Gutiérrez’s research interests include Spanish-language pedagogy and second-language acquisition.
    Office: E-211A Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7717 | johng 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


    Yi Lin

    Assistant Professor of Chinese
    Ph.D., University of Iowa
    Dr. Lin’s research interests include applied Chinese linguistics and language assessment.
    Office: 112 Leavell | 662-915-6793 | ylin at


    Kaoru Ochiai

    Croft Instructional Assistant Professor of Japanese and Director of the Japanese Language Program
    Ph.D., The 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 | 662-915-1492 | mcraines at

    Wallace Salkauski

    Wallace Salkauski

    Croft Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
    Ph.D., Florida State University
    Dr. Salkauski’s research interests include Spanish-language pedagogy, second language acquisition, Spanish phonology and cognitive linguistics.
    Office: E-211A Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7717 | wjsalkau 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


    Tamara Warhol

    Associate Professor of TESL and Linguistics and Director of the Intensive English Program
    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

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    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

    Graduate Teaching Assistants


    David Irungu

    Teaching Assistant in Swahili
    Office: C-007 Bondurant hall | 662-915-7298 | dmirungu at

    Marina Lepekhova

    Marina Lepekhova

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

    Ann Paley

    Ann Paley

    Teaching Assistant in Arabic and Intensive English
    Office: 101 Vardaman Hall | 662-915-8987 | ampaley at