Phone: (413) 545-6830
Fax: (413) 545-2792
My current CV is available here.
My publications and manuscripts are available here, organized chronologically.
I work in phonological theory and allied fields. My recent research deals
with a range of issues arising in and around Optimality Theory, particularly
the variety of OT known as Harmonic Serialism. In the past, my research in OT
has dealt with topics like the nature of markedness constraints, the difference
between gradience and categoricality,
phonological opacity, and the role of morphological paradigms in phonology. Before
that, I published articles on topics like the phonetics and phonology of
pharyngeal consonants in Semitic, vowel harmony in northwestern
My teaching activities include the full range of graduate and undergraduate courses in phonology as well as Linguistics 101 a large introductory lecture course. (Most recent enrollment: 350.) I recently published a textbook, Doing Optimality Theory. Like my colleagues, I spend a great deal of time working one-on-one with graduate students. See my CV for information about students I've advised in the past.
Born Medford, Massachusetts, 1953. Native speaker of the
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A.B. summa cum laude 1975,
Ph.D. 1979, MIT, linguistics.
Taught at UT
Joined UMass Amherst faculty in 1985. Professor since 1989, department head 1993-96 and 2010-.
Taught at 1987, 1991, 1997, and 2005 LSA Summer Institutes.
Consultant (1984-1986) at Department of Linguistics and AI Research, AT&T Bell Laboratories
Distinguished University Professor, 2007.
University Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, 2005.
Chancellor’s Medal and Distinguished Faculty Lecture, 2004.
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1992-93.
Last revised November 5, 2009.