Ti Alkire has taught both French and Italian language at all levels and has received a Russell Award for Excellence in Teaching. During his time with the department, he has also developed several specialized language classes (Pronunciation of Standard French, French stylistics, French translation, French reading for graduates and Old French) as well as a course on the history of the Romance languages and a First-Year Writing Seminar on semiotics. Alkire received his B.A. and M.A. in French Language and Civilization from Middlebury College and his Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University. His graduate training also included study at Université Paris X (Nanterre) and at the Sorbonne’s Centre d’argotologie, Université Paris V (René Descartes). His dissertation, written under the direction of linguist and semiotician Linda Waugh, applies Jakobsonian and Peircean theory to the analysis of Raymond Queneau’s Exercices de style and its English and Italian translations.
- Historical Romance linguistics
- French and Italian linguistics
- Acquisition of L2 phonology
- Language variation
- Romance Languages: A Historical Introduction. With Carol Rosen. Cambridge University Press, 2010.