Anya Lunden, Assistant Professor of English, is a familiar face on campus since she taught linguistics courses at William & Mary from 2006 to 2010. She left William & Mary in 2010 to teach as an assistant professor of English and the University of Georgia. Professor Lunden received her Ph.D. and her M.A. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. A specialist in phonetics and phonology, Professor Lunden will teach the Study of Language and Historical Linguistics.
Her research focuses on the relation between phonetic facts and prosodic theory and she is currently undertaking a joint research project with Nick Deschenes, a William & Mary alumnus and current graduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, on phonological and prosodic theory. In relation to this project she is compiling a database of stress patterns and phonetic stress correlates, that is, duration, pitch, and intensity.