Eric Drewry, JD, PhD


Professor Emeritus, Department of English

Eric Drewry, JD, PhD, teaches and conducts research in linguistics. He has published research on first- and second-language acquisition, focusing on the acquisition of syntactic structures. He enjoys leading students to “Aha!” moments, when they discover the marvels of their linguistic competence in their first language, whether in English, Spanish, or some other language.


  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Delaware
  • MA, Linguistics, University of Delaware
  • JD, Law, Duke University
  • AB, Germanic Languages/Literature and Russian Studies, Princeton University
  • Abitur, Hohe Landesschule, Hanau/M, Germany


  • Level Beth Certificate, Modern Hebrew, Ulpan at Kibbutz Regavim

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Syntax
  • General Linguistics
  • First- and Second-Language Acquisition

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 110 – Freshman Writing Seminar
  • ENGL 111 – Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 324 – World Literature to the Renaissance
  • ENGL 334 – World Literature Since the Renaissance
  • ENGL 402 – Principles of Language
  • ENGL 403 – Language Principles and Processes
  • ENGL 404 – Approaches to Grammar
  • ENGL 405 – American English Language History
  • ENGL 435 – Social and Psychological Aspects of Language