On Language

John Baugh, in Linguistic Insights and You Are How You Sound

Baugh is the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches in the departments of African and African-American studies, anthropology, education, psychology, and English.  He primarily studies the social stratification of linguistic behavior in multicultural and multilingual nations.


Stephanie Berk, in Language Seen, Not Heard

Berk is a postdoctoral research associate in linguistics and neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD In experimental psychology and linguistics from the University of Connecticut. She works with the WUSTL School of Medicine to examine the human brain to see what American Sigh Language reveals about the nature learning and processing language.



Robert Hegel, in Chinese Writing and the Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Hegel is a professor of Chinese language and literature and the Liselotte Dieckmann Professor of comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include narrative forms and conventions in late imperial China (1500-1900), practices of reading and writing, book culture, literature and ethics, legal writing, and translation studies.


Brett Hyde, in The Music of Conversation

Hyde is an assistant professor of philosophy and linguistics and is involved with the program in philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.  His research focuses on several key topics within metrical stress theory, a major subfield of theoretical phonology that addresses the phenomenon of stress and accent patterns in natural language.



Korina Jocson, in Youth Poets Take the Stage

Jocson now serves as an assistant professor of education at University of Massachusetts in education. She has dedicated more than a decade promoting community-based culturally responsive and socially inclusive art programs that foster students’ literacy development.  Her research delves into the intricacies of language, literacy, and culture throughout childhood.


Joe Loewenstein, in The Foreign Language Question

Lowenstein serves as the director of the Humanities Digital Workshop and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on Early Modern intellectual property, the prehistory of copyright, and prosody and poetics. Currently he devotes most of his scholarly energy to a cross-institutional study of the Complete Works of Edmund Spenser for Oxford University press.




Richard P. Meier, in What's the Point?

Meier serves as the chair of the linguistics department at The University of Texas at Austin.  His research examines the linguistics of deaf children and the processes through which children acquire them.



Lynne Tatlock, in Jane Eyre and the Art of Translation

Tatlock is a professor of Germanic languages and literatures at Washington University in St. Louis and the chair of the comparative literature program. Her areas of specialization include history of the novel, gender studies and women’s writings, literature and medicine, literature and society, nationalism, reading cultures, regionalism, and translation and cultural mediation.



Rebecca Treiman, in The ABCs of Reading and Writing

Treiman is a professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she conducts research on developmental psychology and language acquisition. Her studies examine what skills and knowledge children bring to the learning of language such as phonological awareness and knowledge about letters.