Mark Wicklund

Mark Wicklund
(707) 826-5337
Siemens Hall 209B

I earned a PhD in linguistics from the University of Minnesota in 2012. This was a midlife venture; I'd already lived 45 years at that point. I started teaching as an adjunct lecturer in HSU's English department that fall, then accepted an offer to work as the university's director of academic assessment in 2017. I still occasionally teach linguistics to keep my knowledge of teaching and learning fresh—and because I love teaching.

Here are some of my interests and formative experiences outside of academia, in no particular order:

Before becoming a linguist, I worked as an office manager, an organic farm apprentice, a copyeditor, a carpenter, a produce buyer, and an ESL teacher…. I took a long motorcycle trip in the summer of 1992, riding from San Francisco to Chicago to Minneapolis to Banff to Alaska to Seattle to Glacier National Park back to Minneapolis to Quebec to Vermont to the Allegheny Mountains and back to Minneapolis again…. I've also traveled to Scotland, Wales, England, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Spain, Thailand, and Cambodia. Tough to choose a favorite. Probably Spain; maybe Thailand…. I trained regularly in Brazilian jiu jitsu for several years in my 30s. I miss it, but my body is no longer young and pliable…. I used to speak Spanish pretty well, but I'm rusty; muscles atrophy when you don't use them. I passed a Swedish competency exam for my PhD requirements, but that competence is long gone…. I'm a huge music nerd and snob. The characters in the film High Fidelity are my people…. Weight training and motorcycle wrenching are a couple of my favorite activities. My bike's approaching its fiftieth birthday, so I've been giving it a long, thorough overhaul….

Specialty Areas

My master’s work was in language and gender, and my doctoral work focused on pronoun use by children on the autism spectrum.

My current research looks at language change as seen in the shifting uses of the relative pronoun which.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

English 104: Accelerated Composition and Rhetoric
English 105: Introduction to Literature
English 105: Introduction to Literature (Online)
English 225: Introduction to Language Analysis
English 326: Language Studies for Teachers
English 328: Structure of American English


Loss, S. and Wicklund, M. “Is there a new which in town?” (under peer review)

Loss, S. and Wicklund, M. 2020. "Is English resumption different in appositive relative clauses?" Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique, 65(1): 25–51.

Doty, K. and Wicklund, M. 2017. “Shee gave selfe both soule and body to the devil: The use of binomials in the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692.” 

"Fixed and flexible: Binomials in the history of English." Kopaczyk and Sauer, Eds. Part of Studies in English Language. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Pakhomov, S., Chacon, D., Wicklund, M., and Gundel, J. 2011. Computerized assessment of syntactic complexity in Alzheimer’s disease: a case study of Iris Murdoch’s writing. Behavior Research Methods, 43:136 – 144.

Sheldon, A. and Wicklund, M. 2008. ‘Biological sex and gender could be different’: A role for narrative in the production of social and linguistic differentiation. In Indiana, University Linguistics Club Working Papers 7: Gender in Language: Classic Questions, New Contexts. Bloomington, IN: IULC Publications.