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Mike Flynn
Mike Flynn Profile
Chair of Linguistics
William H. Laird Professor of Linguistics and the Liberal Arts
Off Campus: Spring 2016

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, 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 (now the Linguistics Department) 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, especially the Japanese writing system.

Professor Flynn has been a Visiting Professor of Linguistics at a number of universities in Japan such as Waseda University, Keio University, and Chuo University (all in Tokyo), as well as a visiting professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto twice. He designed the Carleton Linguistics in Kyoto off-campus program, which is hosted by Doshisha University. It will have its third installment in the spring term of 2016. He is also the director of both the Chuo-Carleton Summer Program and the Doshisha-Carleton Summer Program. He has served on many Carleton committees, including two terms on the Faculty Personnel Committee. He has been the Carleton's Faculty Athletics Representative, and is currently the Interim Director of External Fellowships

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Catherine Fortin
Catherine Fortin Profile
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Chair of Linguistics

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 project involves Indonesian null complement anaphora. In Spring 2016, she is teaching Introduction to Linguistics (LING 110) and Field Methods: Minangkabau (LING 280).

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Cherlon Ussery Profile
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

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. In Spring 2016, she is teaching Introduction to the Theory of Syntax (LING 115).

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Tami Little
Administrative Assistant in AMST, ENTS and LING
Administrative Assistant in Women's and Gender Studies

Tami is available to assist Linguistics faculty and majors Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am-4pm during the academic year.

Iris Jastram
Iris Jastram Profile
Reference & Instruc. Librarian for Languages and Literature

Iris is the Reference Librarian who specializes in linguistic issues and is a good person to ask for help when tracking down references.


Hannah Quinn ('16)
Hannah Quinn ’16
Hannah Quinn ('16) is the Student Departmental Assistant for Linguistics, and the Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Linguistics (Spring 2016).
Caroline Glazer ('17)
Caroline Glazer ’17
Caroline Glazer ('17) is the Teaching Assistant for Introduction to the Theory of Syntax (Spring 2016).