Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows

Faculty members are full-time members of the department who have considerable research expertise in their subject field.

They supervise our graduate students, are members of professional organizations and university committees, participate in public events and are committed to the overall strength of the Department of Linguistics at Memorial University.

Dr. Phil Branigan  Dr. Phil Branigan


Dr. Paul DeDecker  Dr. Paul DeDecker

Associate Professor

Dr. Sara Mackenzie 

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Liaison, Department Head

Dr. Yvan Rose  Dr. Yvan Rose 

Professor, Graduate Officer

  • Office: SN3044
  • Telephone: (709) 864-2332
  • Email: yrose@mun.ca

Dr. Maureen Scheidnes  Dr. Maureen Scheidnes      

Associate Professor

Dr. Nicholas Welch

Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair

  • Office: SN3051
  • Telephone: (709) 864-8269
  • Email: nwelch@mun.ca 

Dr. Douglas Wharram 
Dr. Douglas Wharram

Assistant Professor

Dr. Shanti Jeremiah Ulfsbjorninn

Assistant Professor

Per Course Instructors

Manouchehr Kouhestani

Adjunct Professors

Dr. Mark Scott

Email: h37mas@mun.ca

Postdoctoral Fellows 

Dr. Sherry Hucklebridge

Postdoctoral Fellow, Per Course Instructor (LING1100)

  • Email: shucklebridg@mun.ca
  • Office: SN3041

Professors Emeriti and Retirees

Dr. Julie Brittain Dr. Julie Brittain

Professor Emerita

Dr. Vit Bubenik

University Research Professor

Dr. Sandra Clarke 

University Research Professor

Dr. Carrie Dyck  Dr. Carrie Dyck

Associate Professor

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie

Professor Emerita; Honorary Research Professor (April 10, 2022 - April 10, 2026

  • Office: SN3050G
  • Telephone: (709) 864-8134 (secretary)
  • Email: mmackenz@mun.ca

Dr. Derek Nurse 

Henrietta Harvey Professor

  • 3006 Baynes Road, Victoria, BC, Canada V8N 1Y6
  • Home Tel: (1-)778-433-5419
  • Fax: (1-)778-433-8380
  • Email: dereknurse@shaw.ca

Dr. Gerard Van Herk
  • Retired (2019); Honorary Research Professor (2019-21)
  • Canada Research Chair in Regional Language and Oral Text (2006-2016)
  • Email: gvanherk@mun.ca

In memoriam:
Dr. Harold Paddock
Rev. Dr. John Hewson