Department of Linguistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Kiel Christianson

Educational Psychology
Professor of Linguistics
Beckman Institute
Director, Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education

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Research Interests

My research is heavily influenced and informed by linguistic theory. At the same time, my goal is to make deeper, broader connections between linguistics and various sub-fields of cognitive psychology. Overarching themes in my present work are (mis)interpretation in sentence processing, morphological processing during reading, and crosslinguistic research. In particular, at present I am or will soon be conducting experiments in sentence comprehension and production, visual word recognition, reading, and second language acquisition.


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Michigan State University, 2002
  • M.A., Applied Linguistics/TEFL, Ball State University, 1992
  • B.S., East Asian Studies, Augsburg College, 1988