Linda R. Waugh (B.A., Jackson College/Tufts University in French, Magna cum laude, 1964; M.A., Stanford University in French Literature, 1965; Ph.D. Indiana University in Linguistics, 1970) taught at Cornell University (Assistant Professor of Linguistics to Professor of Linguistics, Romance Studies and Comparative Literature from 1971-2000) before coming to the University of Arizona in fall 2000. She is a Professor in the departments of French & Italian and English, and an affiliate of the departments of Anthropology, Linguistics, and Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies (Language, Reading and Culture section). She has been Chair of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) since Jan. 2002, and Co-Director of the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL), a Language Resource Center funded by a grant from the US Department of Education, since August 2006.
Dr. Waugh is a French linguist and a general linguist, as well as a semiotician. Her main interests are in: the function of linguistic structures, the discourse-pragmatics of language, written textual analysis (including journalistic and narrative texts), spoken discourse analysis (she has supervised the gathering of corpora for spoken French and American English), critical discourse analysis, semiotics, corpus linguistics, applied linguistics, grammatical and lexical semantics, history of linguistics, iconicity, and in the way language is integrated with other socio-cultural (semiotic) systems by which humans communicate and make sense of our world. Much of her data for research in these areas is centered on French, although she has worked on English as well. She has directed dissertations on many different languages of Europe, Asia (East, Southeast and South Asia), North Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific. In addition to over 60 articles and chapters, she has authored, co-authored, and co-edited 12 books and monographs.