University of Mississippi

Linguistics Faculty

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    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 | 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: 211 Croft | 662-915-5520 | 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


    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

    Lecturer of French of Portuguese
    Ph.D., University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and Lumières-Lyon II, France
    Office: E-208 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-7716 | lfonseca at

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    John Gutiérrez

    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


    Amy Fang-Yen Hsieh

    Assistant Professor of Chinese
    Ph.D., Cambridge University
    Dr. Hsieh’s research interests include theoretical syntax, in particular the acquisition of relative clauses by second-language learners of Chinese and English.
    Office: 216 Croft | 662-915-5042 | ahsieh 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., 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


    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

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    Vance Schaefer

    Assistant Professor of TESL and Applied Linguistics
    Ph.D., Indiana University (to be completed of fall of 2015)
    Mr. Schaefer’s research interests include L2 phonology, phonology, phonetics and second-language pedagogy.
    Office: 209 Howry | 662-915-1194 | schaefer at


    Tamara Warhol

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

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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

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    Zhini Zeng

    Assistant Professor of Chinese
    Ph.D., The Ohio State University
    Ms. 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: 216 Croft | 662-915-6792 | zzeng at

    Graduate Teaching Assistants

    Mahmoud Abdel Rahman

    Mahmoud Abdel—Rahman

    Teaching Assistant in Arabic
    Office: 106 Vardaman | 662-915-8987 | msabdelr at

    Virginia Geddie

    Teaching Assistant in French
    Office: C-007 Bondurant Hall | 662-915-1295 | vjgeddie at

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    Katie Ireland

    Teaching Assistant in Intensive English and Linguistics
    Office: 103 Old Athletics| 662-915-1560 | kairelan at go.olemiss.eduu

    Marina Lepekhova

    Marina Lepekhova

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