College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Lynn Gordon
Associate Professor

Lynn Gordon

Lynn Gordon has taught linguistics and language-related courses at WSU since 1981, after getting her Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCLA.


Selected Publications
Maricopa Morphology and Syntax. University of California Publications in Linguistics (University of California Press: Berkeley).

“The development of evidentials in Maricopa.” Evidentiality: The Linguistic Coding of Epistemology, W. Chafe and J. Nichols, eds.: 75-88 (Ablex: Norwood, New Jersey).

“Switch-reference, clause order, and interclausal relationships in Maricopa.” Switch Reference and Universal Grammar, J. Haiman and P. Munro, eds.:83-104 (John Benjamins,B.V.).

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Research Interests
Her primary research interests have been in syntax and the syntactic and morphological structure of language typologically very dissimilar from English (languages including native American languages like Maricopa, Yavapai, Chickasaw).


Teaching Interests
She is the coordinator of the Linguistics program at WSU and she teaches all the linguistics courses in the English Department: syntax, phonology, language acquisition, and sociolinguistics, as well as the traditional grammar course(s) and history of English. Occasionally she teaches seminars in linguistic topics like discourse and language families in which she has a research interest (Yuman, Celtic). Together with the ESL specialist, Elizabeth Siler, she supervises the ESL classes given by the English Department.











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