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 include Dr. Braver and 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) Associate 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
  • 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
  • James Lee (PhD, University of Texas at Austin) Applied linguistics

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

  • Comfort Pratt (PhD, Louisiana State University) Spanish & Portuguese, Applied Linguistics


  • 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


  • 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