Karen Lichtman

Welcome to my website! I joined Northern Illinois University as an assistant professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures in 2012. I'm also the director of Foreign Language Teacher Licensure.

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I did my Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Illinois. My advisor was Tania Ionin, and my main research area was second language acquisition (specifically, child-adult differences in implicit/explicit knowledge of second languages). I also worked on phonology (articulatory phonetics/phonology with Chilin Shih, phonotactic learning with Jennifer Cole), and field linguistics of Q'anjob'al, a Mayan language. I was active in the Linguistics Student Organization and the Graduate Employees' Organization.

I'm originally from Alfred, New York. I find the midwest a bit flat, but DeKalb is a very nice town.

I'm now on google scholar, academia.edu, and researchgate.

My email is klichtman (at) niu.edu.

Research Projects:
TPRS: Research on TPR Storytelling page
SLA: Child-adult differences in implicit/explicit knowledge of a second language (dissertation)
Phonetics: Variation in tongue gestures for coda /t/ in American English
Phonology: Second-order phonotactic constraints based on speaker voice
Q'anjob'al: IPA illustration, kinship terms, predicate nominals

Recent Publications:

2013: Lichtman, K. "Age, ability, and awareness in implicit and explicit second language learning." Extended abstract, eLanguage. Retrieved from http://elanguage.net/journals/lsameeting/article/view/3534 or http://www.linguisticsociety.org/files/3534-6885-1-SM.pdf
2013: Lichtman, K. "Developmental Comparisons of Implicit and Explicit Language Learning." Language Acquisition, 20(2), 93-108. Available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10489223.2013.766740
2013: Winters, S. & Lichtman, K. In press. "The role of linguistic knowledge in the encoding of words and voices in memory." SLRF (Second Language Research Forum) proceedings.
2012: Lichtman, K. Review of Teaching Linguistics: Reflections on Practice (Koenraad Kuiper, ed.) Journal of Sociolinguistics, 16:5.
2010: Lichtman, Karen; Chang, Shawn; Cramer, Jennifer; Crespo del Rio, Claudia; Hallett, Jill; Huensch, Amanda; & Morales, Alexandra. "IPA Illustration of Q'anjob'al." Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 2010: 1-23. (peer reviewed)
2009: Acquisition of Attributive and Predicative Adjective Agreement in L2 Spanish, GASLA proceedings
2009: "Deutsche Sprache, Schwere Sprache: Germany's Immigrant Language Policy." Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, 12, 1, 43-67.

Teaching at NIU:

FLMT 491, Methods of Foreign Language Teaching in the Middle and High Schools, Fall 2012
FLMT 490, Teaching Methodologies for the Elementary School Foreign Language Classroom, Spring 2013

Past Teaching:

LING 100, Fall 2010 & Spring 2011 (Head Instructor), UIUC
LING 100, Fall 2009 & Spring 2010 (TA), UIUC
SPAN 122, Spring 2007 (4 sections), UIUC
SPAN 101, Fall 2006, UIUC
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade Spanish at the Rippowam Cisqua School, 2002-2005


Ph.D. in Linguistics from UIUC, 2012
M.A. in Linguistics from UIUC, 2009
B.A. in Spanish and Psychology from Williams College, 2002

My favorite languages:


Doing fieldwork in Guatemala
wordspy  |  a phonetics blog  |  wordreference

Code & design credit: Emily Thorson http://wso.williams.edu/~ethorson/