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Nicoleta Bateman

Nicoleta Bateman


Office: SBSB 4-227

Nicoleta Bateman

Welcome to my page. I am a professor of linguistics in the Liberal Studies Department at CSU San Marcos.  Working in an interdisciplinary department has allowed me to broaden my research and teaching interests, as well as my understanding of what linguistics can do and how it is indispensable to education.


Ph.D. in Linguistics
University of California San Diego, 2007
Dissertation: A Crosslinguistic Investigation of Palatalization
Advisors: Dr. Sharon Rose and Dr. Eric Bakovic.

M.A., Linguistics, University of California San Diego, 2002
B.A., Linguistics, University of California San Diego, 2000




My research interests include phonology and theoretical implications of sound patterns found across languages, linguistic universals and typology, morphology, bilingual first language acquisition; practical applications of linguistics to teaching K-12 students, heritage language acquisition and maintenance.


  • LING 100: English Grammar and Syntax
  • LING 105: Language Use in Social Media
  • LING 300: Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING 355: Heritage Languages and Heritage Speakers
  • LING 351: Language Acquisition
  • LING 391: Phonetics and Phonology



Bateman, Nicoleta. 2021. Teaching the value of language variation and linguistic diversity via the "Standard English Challenge." American Speech. 96(2): 266-280.

Montrul, Silvina and Nicoleta Bateman. 2020. Vulnerability and stability of Differential Object Marking in Romanian heritage speakers. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics, 5(1), 119. DOI:

Montrul, Silvina and Nicoleta Bateman. 2020. "Differential Object Marking in Romanian as a Heritage Language." In Mardale, Alexandru and Silvina Montrul, Eds., The Acquisition of Differential Object Marking, a volume of Trends in Heritage Language Acquisition Research series, pp. 283-312.

Bateman, Nicoleta. 2019. Linguistics in middle school: Incorporating linguistics into project-based learning. Language, vol. 95 no. 2, 2019, pp. e300-e326. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/lan.2019.0044

Bateman, Nicoleta. 2018. “A linguist’s journey toward community engaged scholarship: Insights on definitions, practice, and evaluation policies.” Gateways: International Journal of Community Research, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 56-72. doi: 10.5130/ijcre.v11i1.5579

Bateman, Nicoleta. 2016.  “A longitudinal study of bilingual identity development in a heritage language learner.” Language and Dialogue 6(2), 254-275.

Bateman, Nicoleta. 2012. Palatalization as overlap of articulatory gestures: crosslinguistic evidence. In Berson et al, eds. Proceedings of the Thirty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 8-10, 2008. Vol. 4, General Session and Parasession on Information Structure. pp. 25-37.

Bateman, Nicoleta. 2011. On the Typology of Palatalization. Language and Linguistics Compass, 5: 588-602. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-818X.2011.00294.x. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bateman, Nicoleta. 2010. The change from labial to palatal as glide hardening. Linguistic Typology. 14(2).

Bateman, Nicoleta, and Maria Polinsky. 2010. Romanian as a two-gender language.  In Gerdts, Moore, and Polinsky, eds. Festschrift for David Perlmutter. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Bateman, Nicoleta.  2007. A crosslinguistic investigation of palatalization. PhD dissertation, Department of Linguistics, University of California, San Diego. Available at the Open Access Digital Library, Language Description Heritage collection.

Phonological Tool

Bateman, Nicoleta. (2008-2011) English~Romanian Acquisition. A Powerpoint presentation tool for assessing phonological development of Romanian for English~Romanian bilingual children. If you are interested in using this tool, please email me and I will send it to you.