Laura Michaelis
Professor and Department Chair

Office: Hellems 292

Laura Michaelis received her PhD in Linguistics in 1993 at the University of California, Berkeley. Her thesis, on English past-time reference, was written under the direction of Charles J. Fillmore. She has been a CU Linguistics faculty member since 1993, as well as a Faculty Fellow in the Institute of Cognitive Science. Her research specializations include the tense-aspect interface, corpus syntax, syntactic innovation, aspectual meaning in typological perspective, the discourse-syntax interface, etymology and Latin syntax and semantics. She is also one of the leading developers of Construction Grammar, a syntactic theory that represents the grammar of a language as a structured inventory of patterns ranging from the highly schematic to the very specific. Her work has appeared in the journals Language, Studies in Language, Linguistics and Philosophy, Journal of Semantics, Cognition and Cognitive Linguistics. She is one of the founding editors of the interdisciplinary Cambridge University Press journal Language and Cognition. She teaches a range of courses, from graduate-level syntax and semantics to CLAS/LING 1010, a cross-listed undergraduate course on the structure of English words. She has held visiting researcher appointments at UC Berkeley's International Computer Science Institute and Cambridge University. She received a research fellowship from CU's Center for Humanities and Arts in 2014.