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Anna Moro, PhD

Associate Director of ARiEAL

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages, McMaster University

Director, McMaster English Language Development (MELD) program, McMaster University

Director, McMaster English Readiness for Graduate Excellence (MERGE) program, McMaster University

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Dr. Anna L. Moro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Languages at McMaster University. Dr. Moro is also the director for McMaster English Language Development (MELD) program and McMaster English Readiness for Graduate Excellence (MERGE) program, two well-designed programs intended for international students whose primary language is not English and who wish to improve their oral and written communication skills, and succeed in an English-speaking university environment. 

Dr. Moro specializes in socio-historical linguistics and language contact phenomena, and has published articles on language change, morphophonology, etymology, dialectology, and creoles. She is also interested in forensic linguistics, corpus-based approaches to the study of language, and clinical applications of sociolinguistics. In fact, her current research examines clinical applications (neuropsychology) of insights from contact phenomena. Dr. Moro is the author of a book on old Neapolitan (Munich, 2003) that explores morphophonology and analogical leveling through several centuries using methods from corpus linguistics. In 2007 she co-edited a volume examining the explanatory adequacy of certain theoretical approaches in linguistics. 

Representative Publications

Ho, A., Boshra, R., Schmidtke, D., Oralova, G., Moro, A. L., Service, E., & Connolly, J. F. (2019). Electrophysiological evidence for the integral nature of tone in Mandarin spoken word recognition. Neuropsychologia, 131, 325-332.

Current Graduate Students / Postdoctoral Fellows

  • , Postdoctoral Fellow, MELD Program, Department of Linguistics and Languages, McMaster University
  • , PhD Student (Co-supervision), Cognitive Science of Language Program, McMaster University