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Dr. Shannon Bischoff, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Ph.D University of Arizona, Department of Linguistics
My work has focused on morphology and syntax from formal, anthropological, and computational perspectives. In addition, I have worked on the development of web resources for endangered languages. I view language as a meso-object, and thus linguistics as a meso-science with its various subfields, much akin to biology. In biology you can focus on microbiology, botany, mammalogy, and so forth, but you cannot understand living organisms in their totality by simply studying one subfield. That is, to understand living organisms completely, there must be a dialogue between those working in each of the subfields of biology. In the same way there must be a dialogue between linguists in the various subfields if language is to be understood in its entirety.

Research Interests

Linguistics, Syntax, Morphology, Anthropological Linguistics, Computational Linguistics (Applied FST), Endangered and Lesser Studied Languages, Language Documentation and Preservation, Bilingualism


Department of English & Linguistics
Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499


bischofs [at] ipfw [dot] edu