Texas Tech University

Linguistics - Faculty

There are a number of professors in the Department of English whose backgrounds include training in the English language, linguistics and closely related areas. Core faculty with tenure-stream appointments in linguistics in our department is Dr. Kim.

Linguistics Faculty

  • Min-Joo Kim (PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Associate Professor. Areas include semantics, syntax, and their interface; formal pragmatics and language acquisition
  • Aaron Braver (PhD, Rutgers University, New Brunswick) Assistant Professor. Areas include phonetics, phonology, and their interface; laboratory phonology; incomplete neutralization; sub- and supra-phonemic distinctions

Related Faculty in the English Department

  • Ken Baake (PhD, New Mexico State University) Technical communication, rhetoric of science, metaphor
  • Julie Nelson Couch (PhD, Brown University) Middle English language and literature, medieval studies, romance
  • Brian McFadden (PhD, University of Notre Dame) Old English language and literature, history of English

Faculty in Other Departments

There are a significant number of linguistics and language-related faculty at the university in many different departments. Many of these professors regularly teach courses that can be used toward the various undergraduate and graduate programs in linguistics on campus, including those administered by the Dept. of English.

Classical and Modern Literatures and Languages

  • Stefanie Borst (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) German linguistics, technology in language instruction
  • Erin Collopy (PhD, University of Washington) Russian, Russian linguistics
  • Stephen Corbett (PhD, Purdue) Spanish
  • Idoia Elola (PhD University of Iowa) Second language writing, Spanish linguistics
  • Greta Gorsuch (EdD, Temple University) Applied linguistics; Language testing, research methodology, curriculum and course design
  • Kimi Nakatsukasa (PhD, Michigan State University) Applied linguistics, Japanese, Chinese
  • Diego Pascual y Cabo (PhD, University of Florida) Heritage speakers bilingualism, second language acquisition

TTU Health Sciences

  • James Dembowski (PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison) Acoustic and articulatory phonetics, speech disorders
  • Sue Ann Lee (PhD, UT-Austin) First and second language acquisition, phonetics, bilingualism

College of Education

College of Engineering

  • Nelson Rushton (PhD, University of Georgia) Computer Science, neural network implementations of predicate logic, information retrieval, semantic web
  • Michael Gelfond (PhD, Steklov Mathematical Institute) Knowledge representation and reasoning, logic programming, answer set programming


  • Patrick Hughes (PhD, University of Denver) Intercultural communication, interpersonal communication


  • Christopher Hom (PhD, University of California at Irvine) Philosophy of language and linguistics, epistemology, metaphysics
  • Joel Velasco (Ph.D., B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison) Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Science, and Epistemology
  • Bruno Whittle (D.Phil., Oxford) Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics, and Metaphysics


  • Yi-Yuan Tang (PhD, Dalian University of Technology & Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences) Neuroimaging (fMRI/PET/EEG), cognitive, affective and social neuroscience, computational neuroscience
  • Roman Taraban (PhD, Carnegie Mellon University) Psycholinguistics, cognition, connectionist modeling, reading comprehension

Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology

  • Jeff Williams (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) Anthropological linguistics, Creole languages, Papua New Guinea