Faculty affiliated with the Linguistics Lab


Dr. Chad Howe
Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics

Dr. Howe works on issues of language variation and change, primarily focusing on structural (morphosyntactic) phenomena in the Romance Languages. More generally, he investigates the forces that shape language use and the subsequent effect that these forces have on how language evolves. Through his fieldwork in Peru, he is also involved in researching contact-induced language change among Spanish-Quechua bilinguals in the Andean region of South America. Dr. Howe is currently the Coordinator for the Indigenous Languages Initiative in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute.


Dr. Keith Langston
Associate Professor of Slavic Studies and Linguistics

Dr. Langston’s work focuses on South Slavic languages and involves different subfields of linguistics and different research methodologies. His areas of research include the phonology/morphology interface; sociolinguistics, with a focus on language and identity in the former Yugoslavia; and historical Slavic linguistics and accentology. Dr. Langston coordinates the Russian language program at UGA and also has an interest in second language acquisition.


Dr. Vera Lee-Schoenfeld
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

My areas of expertise are formal syntax, the syntax-phonology interface, and the syntax-pragmatics interface / information structure. My particular research focus is on German syntax and on giving analyses of carefully described phenomena in a minimalist framework. Phenomena I have investigated are binding, infinitive constructions, verb phrase fronting, possessor datives, and variation in inalienable possession constructions. To back up my empirical claims, I’ve conducted questionnaire-based studies and interviews with native speakers as well as corpus searches.​


Dr. Margaret E. L. Renwick
Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Dr. Renwick is a laboratory phonologist, and her work centers on sources of phonological contrast in spoken language. For example, when are two sounds distinct from one another, and when do they count as “the same” for speaker and hearer? How does our knowledge of the contexts where a sound tends to occur affect the way we produce and perceive it? Are some pairs of sounds more distinct than others?