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Interim Director of External Student Fellowships
John E. Sawyer Professor of Liberal Learning
Professor of Linguistics
Michael Flynn received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts in 1981. Before arriving at Carleton, he taught at a number of American colleges and universities, and Nankai University in Tianjin, The People’s Republic of China, and held a Fulbright Fellowship to the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands. He founded Carleton's Program in Linguistics in 1986. He teaches courses in phonetics and phonology, the structure of Japanese, the evolution of speech, neurolinguistics, the application of linguistic theory to literary study, as well as the introductory survey course. His current research interests focus on articulatory and acoustic phonetics, and Japanese.
Professor Flynn has been a Visiting Professor of Linguistics at Waseda University and Keio University (both in Tokyo), as well as a visiting professor in the Associated Kyoto Program at Doshisha University, Kyoto. He is currently a member of the Faculty Personnel Committee at Carleton. He recently stepped down as Carleton’s Faculty Athletics Director. His writings on Division III athletics can be found here.
Cati Fortin received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan in 2007. Her research, guided by the tenets of generative syntactic inquiry, falls into two main areas: ellipsis and other empirical phenomena situated at the interface of syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse, including nonsententials (a.k.a. sentence 'fragments'), and the syntax and morphosyntax of Indonesian and closely related Austronesian languages, including Minangkabau. Her current research involves Indonesian verb phrase ellipsis and the cartography of the Indonesian IP. In Fall 2013, she is teaching LING 325 (Syntax of an Unfamiliar Language) and LING 399 (Senior Thesis).
Cherlon received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2009. Cherlon’s research focuses on syntax and the syntax-morphology interface. Cherlon’s current research focuses on a cross-linguistic comparison of case and agreement patterns, with a particular emphasis on Icelandic.
David Medeiros received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Michigan in 2013. David's research has focused on comparative Polynesian syntax, the semantics of mood, and both formal and experimental approaches to the syntax-phonology interface. New research projects include understanding aspects of cyclicity in terms of linearization, as well as a collaborative project on heavy-NP shift. He is teaching LING 115 (Introduction to the Theory of Syntax) in Fall 2013.
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