Pure, theories, applied, action and practical – linguistics in all its facets interests me, but I have a predominantly practical approach to my own work, which focuses on language pedagogy, and in particular the application of proven principles from Teaching English as a Second Language to satisfy the blossoming interest in learning Tibetan.
My research interests are in the area of Second Language Acquisition, particularly L2 Phonology and the development of L2 reading, listening and speaking proficiency. I am committed to research-led teaching and also a strong proponent of community engagement and the transfer of knowledge generated within the academy to society at large. For the past few years I have worked actively with the public school system in Utah as it has rolled out school dual language immersion programs in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and most recently Russian. For the latter I have consulted on translation of the mathematics curriculum and selection of a literacy program from among those used in Russian primary schools. In my spare time, I ski, hike, read mystery novels and travel to challenging places.
Dr. Carla Suhr joined the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UCLA in 2016 after finishing her PhD at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Professor Suhr focuses her academic work on the integration of culture, language, and cognition as a way to improve cross-cultural communication and inclusive teaching. She has worked in the field of Spanish linguistics and service-learning for the past 13 years at organizations such as Universidad Complutense de Madrid and University of New Haven, and her experience as a Spanish teacher trainer provides her the ability to implement diverse teaching strategies towards a specific project, program, and course. She cofounded IDESLI International Institute of Linguistics in San Francisco in 2009, where she directed the Language Courses and developed programs geared to industries conducting businesses with Spanish-speaking countries and professionals as well as non-profit organizations working with the Latino community. She currently teaches Spanish and Service-learning courses in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA, from which she emphasizes the positive learning outcomes attained from connecting students with the community. Learn more about these courses here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbXr-3-YXLI. Her current area of research is within the cognitive sciences, specifically on conceptualization processes and how this understanding enables us to acquire strategies as a valuable tool for Second Language Acquisition.
My line of inquiry explores three interrelated avenues in the field of Spanish Applied Linguistics: language education (Language Pedagogy), language learning (Language Acquisition), and language in society (Sociolinguistics). Specifically, I examine how second language (L2) learners develop their language competence in different learning contexts, e.g., in an at-home classroom, during study abroad, or in an electronic and community service learning environments. Research has shown that L2 learners in classroom (regular and immersion) settings are typically exposed to formal registers, while vernacular registers are solely available outside the classroom. Hence, I am particularly interested in the L2 acquisition of sociolinguistic features, including the sensitivity to the context (both locally and internationally) where Spanish is used, i.e., the sensitivity to differences in local geographical dialect (e.g., variable morphosyntactic structures), to differences in register, or to speaking in a native-like or natural way.
I am an associate professor of Italian language, literature and culture with twenty-four years of teaching & leadership experience at the university level. My areas of specialization are Medieval & Renaissance Italian literature and foreign (F/L2) language acquisition. Currently, my focus is on the applications of technology and digital media to language acquisition, in particular video game-based learning (VGBL). In fall 2016, as a recipient of the Saint Louis University (SLU) Reinert Center for Innovative Teaching, I developed Intensive Italian for Gamers. The course was successfully taught in the SLU state-of-the-art Learning Studio in spring 2017. I have presented my research and results in workshops and presentations, at conferences and in publications (in print and forthcoming). I have an extensive and eclectic background in Classics (Greek and Latin, Philology, Literature), Ancient and Medieval History, Theology, Philosophy; but also in Cinema Studies, International Studies, Communications and Journalism. I definitely enjoyed the variety of my studies. I am a firm believer in multidisciplinary approaches to both learning and teaching.
Less commonly taught languages, heritage-language learning, teaching methodology, endangered languages. Historical and comparative linguistics, phonetics, morphology, history of English.
Prof. Greenberg received his MA at the University of Chicago (1984) and PhD at UCLA (1990), both in Slavic linguistics. With the guidance of mentors Henrik Birnbaum, Pavle Ivić, Ronelle Alexander, and Alan Timberlake, he studied Slavic (historical) accentology and dialectology. In 1988 to 1990 with a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship and a grant from the US Dept. of Education he conducted fieldwork in Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia) and Hungary, focusing on phonological and word-prosodic variation in Prekmurje, Porabje, and Međimurje village dialects. During this time, which coincided with the fall of socialism in Eastern Europe, he became engaged in issues of language planning in the reorganization of Yugoslavia and other-post socialist states. His research and teaching work continues to focus on diachrony and diatopy, as well as sociolinguistics. His research synthesizes techniques and learning from multiple disciplines to find novel ways of understanding and reconstructing language history, employing the comparative method, supplemented by sociolinguistics, geolinguistics, cognitive linguistics. His work mostly focused on Slavic languages and languages in contact with them (Romance, Germanic, Finno-Ugric). He has worked at the University of Kansas as a faculty member since 1990 and was promoted to (Full) Professor of Slavic Languages & Literatures in 2000, when he was also elected to chair of the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures (2000–2011). He has held several administrative positions at the University of Kansas, including Acting Associate Dean for Humanities (2012), Chair-Receiver for the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, and he is currently the founding Director, School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of Kansas (2014– ). He has held numerous prestigious fellowships, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, American Philosophical Society, US Department of Education, the Swiss Science Foundation, and the Moravian-Silesian Regional Research Fund. In 2017 he was elected to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts as a Corresponding Member. Among his prominent and recent publications are books: The Sociolinguistics of Slovene (as editor) (= Int’l Journal of the Sociology of Language, vol. 124, 1997); A Historical Phonology of the Slovene Language (= Historical Phonology of the Slavic Languages, vol. 13) (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Carl Winter, 2000); A Short Reference Grammar of Slovene (= LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 30) (Munich: Lincom, 2008); articles/chapters: “Slavic” in The Indo-European Languages (London: Routledge, 2017); “Introduction” to Bibliography of Slavic Linguistics (Leiden: Brill, 2015); “The Slavic Area: Trajectories, Borders, Centres, and Peripheries in the Second World” in Globalising Sociolinguistics: Challenging and Expanding Theory (London: Taylor & Francis, 2015). Editorial work: he was co-founder and co-editor (with Marko Snoj) of Slovenski jezik / Slovene Linguistic Studies (1997–2011) as well as (with Marko Jesenšek) Slavia Centralis (2008–16). In addition, Prof. Greenberg has published extensively and collaboratively on open-access issues with a focus on global equal access to research for readers and researchers. In addition to serving as General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics (Brill, est. date of publ. 2021), he serves on the editorial boards of the journals Književni jezik (Sarajevo), Naučnaja periodika: problemi i rešenija (Moscow), Voprosy onomastiki (Moscow, Ekaterinburg), Croatica et slavica iadertina (Zadar), and Lingua Montenegrina (Cetinje). As of 2018 he serves on the Commission on Language Contact, International Congress of Slavists. He serves on national and international boards including Center for Urban Language Teaching and Research, Georgia State University (Atlanta); Association for Department of Foreign Languages (New York); Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation (Florida, USA and Almaty, Kazakhstan). In addition to his academic pursuits, Prof. Greenberg plays classical guitar, Russian seven-string guitar, and renaissance lute as a soloist, duet partner, and in ensembles in the US and Europe.
Arabic language and literature, Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning Strategies
Linguistic Landscape, Second Language Acquisition, Technology-Enhanced Language Learning