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Brian W. Smith, Linguist

Brian W. Smith, Linguist

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I presented a poster about the English indefinite article and allomorphy at MFM23. It can be downloaded here: bws_mfm_23.pdf.


Welcome! I'm a phonologist and lecturer at the UCLA Department of Linguistics.

My work looks at phonology-morphology interface, especially phonologically-conditioned allomorphy and ineffability. I also work on models of variation, metrical stress, and French and English phonology. You can read more about my past and ongoing research here.

All of the materials for my current classes are distributed through CCLE. Current office hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs 10AM-11AM, and by appointment.


I went to graduate school at UMass Amherst, where I defended my dissertation in August 2014. As an undergraduate, I attended Rutgers University, where I studied French and Linguistics.

I come from South Jersey, specifically the Jersey Shore, where people say things like "jimmies", "shoobies", "hoagies", and "water ice".

You can read a bit about the English speak here: Brian's English.

My non-academic interests are all drawn from the set of quaint, old-fashioned things people like to do in New England: contra dancing, Sacred Harp singing, knitting and fiber arts.