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Joshua A Dees

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Contact Information

110 Coble Hall
801 S. Wright St.
801 S Wright
M/C 322
Champaign, IL 61820
PhD Student

Research Interests

Field Research/Language Documentation

Research Description

Josh's research interests include syntax and its interface with semantics and phonology as well as field work and language documentation. More specifically, he is interested in cross-linguistic variation and universals in the nominal and clausal domains. He is also interested in morphophonology (allomorphy, vowel harmony, among other topics), and works within a distributed morphology framework. 

He works on a wide range of language families including Nilo-Saharan (Dholuo), Turkic (Kazakh), Slavic (Polish), Dravidian (Kannada), and Bantu (Swahili). 

Outside of the more formal aspects of linguistics, Josh has research interests in the sociolinguistics of post-colonial language policies in Africa, as well as first generation scholars in the field of linguistics and how to best support them. 

Learn more about Josh's research and involvement within the greater linguistics community by reading his member spotlight on the Linguistic Society of America's website. 


M.A. in Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. in Linguistics and TESOL, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
B.A. in Psychology and Biology, Greenville University

Courses Taught

LING 304: Elements of Morphology
LING 301: Elements of Syntax
LING 307: Elements of Semantics and Pragmatics
LING 501: Syntax I
ESL 112: Intro to Academic Writing I
ESL 506: Oral Communication for ITAs
ESL 510: English Pronunciation and Oral Fluency
ESL 511: Written and Oral Communication
ESL 512: Introduction to Academic Writing 
ESL 515: Advanced Introduction to Academic Writing

Highlighted Publications


Dees, Joshua, Katie VanDyne, & Anna Romaniuk. to appear. The CΔG and Polish causative/anticausative deadjectival verbs. Proceedings of the 2024 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Bowie, David, Joshua Dees, Luis Gaytan, Iara Mantenuto, Miranda McCarvel, & Tran Truong. to appear. Identifying, understanding, and supporting first generation and under-represented minorities in linguistics and higher education. Proceedings of the 2024 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Dees, Joshua. to appear. Kannada through the lens of the NP/DP parameter. Proceedings of the 13th formal Approaches to South Asian Languages.

Dees, Joshua. to appear. Phase head exception in phonological spell-out: A deeper look at Kazakh and Turkic. Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society.

Dees, Joshua. 2023. Non-uniformity in phonologizing phase heads: Evidence from Kazakh. Proceedings of the Workshop on Turkic and Languages in Contact with Turkic 8, 74-88.