Cristina Schmitt
(517) 353-6762

B405 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and Cultures

Associate Professor


Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Maryland

Cristina Schmitt’s principal interest is in first language acquisition and comparative syntax-semantic issues. The work focus on the acquisition of functional and semi-functional morphology, syntax and semantics and also on the role of the input in language acquisition. Particularly she is interested in variation and variability in the input and its effects in the acquisition of grammar.

University News

English Graduate Receives College’s Outstanding Senior Award
Published May 12, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Abby Jaroszewicz, who graduated this spring with a B.A. in English, a minor in Linguistics, and a minor in Women and Gender Studies, is this year’s recipient of the College of Arts &…Read now »
UURAF First Place Winners Announced
Published April 11, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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Several College of Arts & Letters students received first-place awards for their research and creative scholarship presented at the 21st Annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts…Read now »
English Undergrad Leads Research in Linguistics
Published December 18, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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Abby Jaroszewicz, a sophomore English major, Citizen Scholar, and Honors College student, is doing linguistics research on children’s books at the MSU Language Acquisition Lab under…Read now »
Researcher Awarded Grant to Investigate Dialects in Children
Published June 5, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Associate Professor Cristina Schmitt is leading the way in one area of linguistics research and recently was awarded a three-year $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to…Read now »
Impacting Childhood Research
Published December 2, 2015 in College of Arts & Letters
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After taking the Children’s Language Acquisition course taught by Cristina Schmitt, Honors College and linguistics and neuroscience major Mina Hirzel found something she was truly interested…Read now »
Linguistics Senior Awarded Baggett Fellowship
Published May 29, 2015 in College of Arts & Letters
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A Michigan State University Honors College senior, majoring in linguistics and neuroscience, has been awarded a prestigious Baggett Fellowship. Mina Hirzel will be participating in a…Read now »