Lelia Glass

Visiting Assistant Professor

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  • School of Modern Languages


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Dr. Lelia Glass is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the School of Modern Languages.  She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2018, where she won the prestigious Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, and held a dissertation fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the American Council for Learned Societies.

To investigate how language is understood in context, Dr. Glass works on word meaning, world knowledge, and reasoning about the speaker's intentions, drawing on rich empirical data.  Her dissertation explores sentences describing the actions of multiple individuals -- "Alice and Bob smiled", "Alice and Bob lifted the box", "Alice and Bob met" -- and the inferences drawn about what each individual did as part of that action. 

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, Stanford University (2018)
  • M.A. in Linguistics, Stanford University (2014)
  • B.A. in Linguistics, University of Chicago (2012), with honors
Awards and
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) / Mellon Dissertation Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California Graduate Student Scholarship (2018)
  • Walter J. Gores Award for excellence in teaching (Stanford University, 2017)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (University of Chicago, 2012)
Areas of
  • Experimental Methods
  • Lexical Semantics
  • Linguistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics


Research Fields:
  • Linguistics
  • Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
  • Digital Humanities
  • Grammar


  • LING-2100: Intro to Linguistics
  • LING-3100: Apps of Linguistics
  • LING-3813: Special Topics: Language and Computers
  • LING-4813: Special Topics: Language and Computers

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