Linguistics & Pedagogical Theory

Language is pervasive and central to virtually all of human activity and indeed, many argue that it is precisely the capacity for language that distinguishes humans from all other species. Because language intersects with the world in many ways, linguistics is a broad field that studies language, its structure, history and use, from a variety of perspectives (cognitive, social, ideological to name a few) and adopting diverse approaches (experimental, ethnographic, analytic, quantitative).  In addition to the traditional areas of focus: phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, linguists also conduct interdisciplinary research that intersects with such disciplines as cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, literature and education. The resulting fields include sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics and educational linguistics. The focus of many of our Romance Studies faculty who are linguists is to understand how languages are used in society and what effects linguistic practices and ideas about these entail. We also work on issues related to language learning and teaching and are at the forefront in innovative language teaching approaches. Our work ranges from ethnographic research on language and identity and language ideologies, to approaches to second language teaching, assessment of language learning outcomes and textbooks for language teaching and learning in university settings.

Sandra Valnes Quammen

Sandra Valnes Quammen, Senior Lecturer of Romance Studies

Office: 106 Language Center, Box 90257, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: +1 919 660 8436

My research focuses on second language acquisition (primarily at the elementary level) and on pedagogical applications of technology. Full Profile »

Laura Casa

Laura Casa, Senior Lecturer of Romance Studies

Office: 04 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3109

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Joan Clifford

Joan Clifford, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

Office: 2122 Campus Dr., Room 206, Box 90269, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-0774

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Luciana Fellin

Luciana Fellin, Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

Office: 105 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3117

Luciana Fellin ( Professor of the Practice of Italian and Linguistics, Director of the Italian Language Program. I received a Laurea in English and German Literature from the University of Bologna, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona...

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Liliana Paredes

Liliana Paredes, Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

Office: 102 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-3100

Current interests: second language acquisition of vocabulary; curricular implications of low, mid and high stakes activities to understand writing in a second language; development of intercultural competence, assessment. Full Profile »

Deborah Reisinger

Deborah Reisinger, Associate Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

Office: 06 Language Center, Durham, NC 27708-0257

Phone: (919) 660-2420

Deb Reisinger, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of the Practice in Romance Studies, affiliate faculty in the Duke Global Health Institute and Associate Director of the Markets and Management Studies program. She is Director of Language Outreach Initiatives at Duke, overseeing the...

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Clare J. Tufts

Clare J. Tufts, Professor of the Practice Emerita of Romance

Office: 1020 West Trinity Avenue, Durham, NC 27701

Phone: (919) 667-7788

Second language acquisition, Foreign Language Pedagogy, la bande dessinée Full Profile »