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Elly Van Gelderen

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Regents Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography

Elly van Gelderen is a syntactician interested in language change. Her work shows how regular syntactic change (grammaticalization and the linguistic cycle) provides insight in the Faculty of Language. Her 2011 book, "The Linguistic Cycle: Language Change and the Language Faculty" (Oxford University Press) shows how cyclical change can be accounted for through an economy principle. Her "Clause Structure" (Cambridge University Press, 2013) examines a number of current debates in theoretical syntax. She is currently working on the history of argument structure, e.g. how unaccusatives and unergatives change in very different directions in "The Diachrony of Meaning" (Routledge 2018). Related interests are the evolution of language, biolinguistics, prescriptivism, authorship debates, and code switching.

van Gelderen is the author of eight books and 80 or so articles/chapters in journals such as Linguistic Analysis, Studia Linguistica, Word, and Linguistic Inquiry. She is also the co-editor of two book series and has herself edited or co-edited eight books/special issues. van Gelderen has taught at ASU since 1995.

Education
  • Ph.D. Linguistics, McGill University, MontrĂ©al, Canada 1986
  • M.A. "Doktoraal." English Language and Literature, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 1981
  • B.A. "Kandidaats." English Language and Literature, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 1979
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 314Modern Grammar
LIN 614Advanced Studies in Syntax
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 413History of English Language
LIN 514Syntax
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 414Studies in Linguistics
LIN 510Linguistics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 514Syntax
LIN 617Adv Stdy Historical Linguistic
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 414Studies in Linguistics
LIN 614Advanced Studies in Syntax
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 514Syntax
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 413History of English Language
LIN 514Syntax
LIN 617Adv Stdy Historical Linguistic
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 314Modern Grammar
ENG 414Studies in Linguistics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
LIN 514Syntax
LIN 614Advanced Studies in Syntax
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 314Modern Grammar
LIN 617Adv Stdy Historical Linguistic
Service
  • Diachronica, Book review editor (2008 - Present)
  • Carlie Fellowship, Advisor, Chair of Selection Commitee (2007 - Present)
  • Edinburgh Historical Linguistics monograph series, board member (2007 - Present)
  • Prison Literacy Project, Collecting and delivering books to local prisons (2005 - Present)
  • Planning Committee for a PhD in Applied Linguistics, Member (2005 - Present)
  • Linguistics Today - Book Series, Co-Editor (2003 - Present)
  • HOA Las Casas, Secretary (2002 - Present)
  • Programs in Linguistics and TESL; English Dept, Director (2002 - Present)
  • Graduate Committee, Member (2002 - Present)
  • NSF; OUP; CSLI; ZFS, etc, Occasional Referee (2001 - Present)
  • Academic Computing Advisory Committee, Member (2000 - Present)
  • Dean's Strategic Planning and Academic Resources Advisory Council (SPARAC), Member (2000 - Present)
  • Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Advisory Board (2000 - Present)
  • Ask-A-Linguist panel, Member (2000 - Present)
  • WCCFL, WECOL, LSA, GGSW, and ISB, Reviewer (2000 - Present)
  • Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Southwest Journal in Linguistics, and Diachronica, Referee (1999 - Present)
  • WWW Committee, Chair (1996-1998) (1996 - Present)
  • Admissions' Committee MTESL, MA in English and Concentation Linguistics, Member and Chair (1995 - Present)
  • Dutch Proficiency Exams, Evaluator (1995 - Present)
  • International Society for Historical Linguistics., Executive Committee (2007 - 2011)
  • Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Member Editorial Board (1999 - 2009)
  • Carlie Fellowship Committee, Chair (2006 - 2008)
  • English Dept, Member Personnel Committee (2007 - 2008)
  • English Dept, Member Search Committee - Medievalist (2006 - 2007)
  • Medievalist Search Committee, Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Outreach, Found Contacts (2006 - 2006)
  • South West Journal of Linguistics, Member of Editorial Board (2000 - 2006)
  • Self-Study Committee English Dept, Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Linguistic Association of the South West, President (2003 - 2005)
  • Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Member Advisory Board (2000 - 2005)
  • Committee on Linguistics, Member (1995 - 2004)
  • Navajo Language Academy, Teacher (2004)
  • Personnel Committee, Member (2004 - 2004)
  • Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Member of Editorial Board (1999 - 2004)
  • Committee for Assistant Professor Information Technology and Information Literacy, Chair (2003 - 2004)
  • IT/IL Asst Prof Search Committee, Chair (2003 - 2004)
  • Diachronica, Member of Editorial Board (2002 - 2003)
  • Linguist List Advisory Board, Member (2001 - 2003)
  • ISB4, Member of Organizing Board (2000 - 2003)
  • Society for Germanic Linguistics, President 2000-2003 (2000 - 2003)
  • Amnesty Internation (CSES), RAN coordinator (1986 - 2003)
  • ACAC, Member (2003)
  • Admissions' Committee PhD Rhet/Comp/Ling, Member (2003)
  • East Timor Action Network, Faculty Advisor (2003)
  • International Symposium on Bilingualism 4 Organizing Board, Member (2003)
  • Linguistics/TESL Area Committee, Various (2003)
  • Service learning, Help to get more ESL teachers in 'at risk' communities (2003)
  • Women of Juarez, Various, e.g. part of panel during the 3rd teach in Febr 04 (2003)
  • TEVAL, Member (1999 - 2003)
  • Departmental Arbitrator (2000 - 2001)
  • Committee on Committees, Member (1997 - 2000)
  • HCF Specialist search committee, Member (1998 - 1999)
  • Human Subjects' Institutional Review Board, Member (1999 - 1999)
  • Rhet/Comp/Ling PhD Program, Co-Director (1998 - 1998)
  • Ad-hoc bridge committee: Curriculum Review, Member (1997 - 1998)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Student Grievance Committee, Member and Chair (1997) (1995 - 1997)