Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Southern California, 1998
M.A., Linguistics, University of Southern California, 1994
M.A., Linguistics, California State University, Fullerton, 1984
The 2007-8 academic year is Dr. Field's 18th teaching linguistics and English courses in teacher-prep programs in the CSU system (following 7 years teaching ESL at the community college level). He has been at CSUN since the Fall of 2000.
His teaching specializations include language acquisition; bilingualism; bilingual language phenomenon (code-switching, borrowing, etc.); minority dialects of English (Ebonics, ChE and related social and educational issues); grammar of Standard American English (for teacher preparation).
Courses taught at CSUN:
English 301-Language and Linguistics;
English 302-Introduction to Modern Grammar;
English 405-Language Differences and Language Change;
English 360-The English Bible as Literature;
English 611-Seminar in Historical Linguistics;
Linguistics 407-Language Varieties;
Linguistics 417-Language Development/Acquisition
Linguistics 502-Seminar in Research in Second Language Acquisition;
Pan African Studies 395-Bilingualism in the African American Community.
Publications and Presentations
Dr. Field has written one book, Linguistic Borrowing in Bilingual Contexts (2002, John Benjamins Publishing Co.), and is under contract for another, Chicano-Latino Bilingualism in the U.S., also John Benjamins. He has also written numerous articles and book reviews and presented over forty papers on language contact (including code-switching, non-standard varieties of English in education, etc.). Twice, he has been visiting scientist in the Linguistics Department at Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany (summers of 2003, 2006).
Other contributions to his field of study:
Co-chair of the LSA advisory committee on Language in the School Curriculum, 2007-2008; five years member of the executive committee of the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics; evaluated research proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Fall 2004 and Fall 1999. He has reviewed articles for the Bilingual Research Journal, and for the International Journal of Bilingualism. He also taught a course to the MA Program in Linguistics, University of Sonora, Hermosillo in January 2004 called Academic English: Writing Publishable Works in Linguistics.