Michelle Troberg

Michelle TrobergMy main interests lie in language change: correlations (what structural changes tend to co-occur), directionality, triggers (internal or external causes of change), and the acquisition process as the explanatory force behind diachronic change.

I work principally on syntactic change in the history of French and how it relates to changes in other Romance languages. My research has focused on the first phase syntax/semantics of the verb phrase and has led me to examine various kinds of verbal arguments in Romance, both synchronically and diachronically. Currently, I am working on the evolution of resultative secondary predication from Latin to Modern Romance and its typological implications.

As a teaching-stream faculty member, I am engaged in teaching and learning to write in the discipline and in integrating research into undergraduate education. I also research the role learning analytics can play in online education and the ways critical pedagogy can effectively be implemented in large online courses.