Alyson G. Eggleston received her PhD in Linguistics from Purdue University, specializing in crosslinguistic studies of spatial language and cognition.
In her research, she investigates the structural, semantic, and pragmatic properties of language and its interaction with cognition. Her current research measures the role of gesture in supplementing or superseding linguistic spatial description. She has presented at national and international venues on nonlinguistic spatial performance and locative and topological predicates in language, and has published some of this work in Lingua, Language Sciences, and Language Dynamics and Change.
Additionally, she has presented and published with collaborators on some of the ethical and methodological issues associated with linguistic research and working with under-described languages.
Applied Linguistics is also part of her background, having begun working on TESOL pedagogy in graduate school, and continuing to work with ESOL populations in the US and Nicaragua through the last decade. She has presented research with collaborators on pre- and post-testing of ESOL students in several functional and communicative domains.
Her teaching responsibilities include courses for the Linguistics Program at the College of Charleston, and recently she has offered courses on spatial language and cognition as well as linguistic diversity. She has also offered a graduate-level course for the Graduate Certificate in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program, housed within the Department of Teacher Education.
LING 290: Language, Cognition, and Space
LING 290: Indigenous Languages of the Americas
EDFS 673: Assessing Student Performance
In press Bohnemeyer, J., (with E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, K. Donelson, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. J. S. Hernández Gómez, S. Herrera. C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez , G. Polian, R. Romero Méndez, and R. E. Tucker). The contact diffusion of linguistics practices: Reference frames in Mesoamerica. Language Dynamics and Change.
2012 Bohnemeyer, J., with E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, K. Donelson, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. J. S. Hernández Gómez, J. S. Lovegren, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez , G. Polian, R. Romero Méndez, and R. E. Tucker. Marcos de referencia en lenguas mesoamericanas: un análisis multivariante tipológico [Frames of reference in Mesoamerican languages: A typological multivariate analysis]. In Proceedings of the Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America – V, edited by Nora England. Austin, TX: The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America.
2011 Eggleston, A., E. Benedicto, and Mayangna Yulbarangyang Balna. Preferred Spatial Frames of Reference in Sumu-Mayangna. Language Sciences 33(6):1047–1072.
2010 Kemmerer, D., and A. Eggleston. Nouns and Verbs in the Brain: Implications of linguistic typology for cognitive neuroscience. Lingua 120(12):2686–2690.