Sandra C. Deshors
(517) 884-6320

B260 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and CulturesSecond Language Studies

Associate Professor
TESOL; Second Language Studies

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of Sussex, UK

Sandra C. Deshors is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at Michigan State University (MSU) where she is a member of the core faculty in the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. Dr. Deshors specializes in quantitative corpus-based approaches to learner language. In her research she contrasts English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English as a Second Language (ESL) and World Englishes at large. In that regard, she has primarily focused on investigating linguistic co-occurrence patterns that set non-native Englishes apart as well as identifying the cognitive factors that cause those patterns to emerge. In addition, in the last few years, Dr. Deshors has become interested in issues relating to linguistic innovations in learner English and the theoretical modeling of World Englishes. Theoretically, Dr. Deshors’ research is anchored in the usage-based theoretical framework and recognizes a correlation between speakers’ mental knowledge of linguistic items and their uses in grammatical contexts. Methodologically, she has applied and (co-)developed multifactorial statistical approaches to grammatical patterns characteristic of learner English(es). At MSU, she teaches courses in corpus linguistics as well as general introductions to the field of Second Language Acquisition.

University News

College Honors Faculty Promoted in 2021
Published December 15, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to recognize several faculty members who recently were promoted to full professor, associate professor, or associate professor-fixed term. These faculty…Read now »