Editorial Board

Editor in Chief


portrait of Mark Arnoff

Trustees Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, Mark Aronoff has been on the State University of New York: Stony Brook faculty since receiving his Ph.D. His research touches on almost all aspects of morphology and its relations to phonology, syntax, semantics, and psycholinguistics.

Additional Titles

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow of the Linguistics Society of America
  • President of the Linguistics Society of America, 2005

Recent Publications

  • (2013). Competing iconicities in the structure of languages.  Cognitive Linguistics, 24. 309–343.
  • (2012). Morphological stems: what William of Ockham really said. Word Structure, 5. 28–51.
  • Aronoff, A., Sandler, W., Meir, I., & Padden, C. (2011). The gradual emergence of phonological form in a new language. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 29. 503–543.


Editorial Board


portrait of Robin Clark

is Professor and Chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Interests

Game theoretic pragmatics; evolutionary game theory; agent-based models of language; change and variation; cognitive neuroscience

Recent Publications

  • (2012). Meaningful games: Exploring language with game theory. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 
  • Ahern, C. & Clark, R. (2014). Diachronic processes in language as signaling under conflicting interests. In E. A, Cartmill, S. Roberts, H. Lyn & H. Cornish (Eds.), The evolution of language (pp. 99–119). Singapore: World Scientific.
  • (2012). Social coordination and physical coordination. Interaction Studies, 13(1), 66–79. 
  • Troiani, V., Clark, R., & Grossman, M. (2011). Impaired verbal comprehension of quantifiers in corticobasal syndrome. Neuropsychology, 25, 159–165. 


is Professor of Linguistics at the City University of New York (Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center).

Research Interests

Constructivist approaches to language and identity; Applied linguistics; Language practices in digital spaces; Language change in New York City English; Language activism

Recent Publications

Monographs and Edited Volumes

  • Cutler, C. & U. Røyneland (eds.) (Sept. 2018). Multilingual Youth Language in Computer Mediated Communication (CMC). Cambridge University Press.
  • Cutler, C., Vrzic, Z. & Angermeyer, P. (eds.) (2017). Language Contact in Africa and the African Diaspora in the Americas. John Benjamins.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Haddican, B., Newman, M. Cutler, C., Tortora, C. (forthcoming 2021). Cross-speaker covariation across six vocalic changes in New York City English. American Speech.
  • Haddican, B., Newman, M. Cutler, C., Tortora, C. (forthcoming 2021). Aspects of change in New York City English short-a. Language Variation and Change.
  • Cutler, C. (2020) Metapragmatic comments and orthographic performances on YouTube. Special Issue on World Englishes and Digital Communication, Jamie Shinhee Lee (editor). World Englishes, 39(1): 36-53.

Book Chapters

  • Cutler, C. (2018). “Pink chess gring gous”: discursive and orthographic resistance among bilingual Chicano rap fans on YouTube. In Cutler, C. and Røyneland, U. (eds.) Multilingual Youth Language in Computer Mediated Communication (CMC). Cambridge University Press.
  • Cutler, C. & U. Røyneland (2018). Introduction: Multilingualism in the digital sphere: the diverse practices of youth online. In Cutler, C. & Røyneland, U., Multilingual Youth Language in Computer Mediated Communication (CMC). Cambridge University Press.


ANTJE DAMMEL (co-Editor-in-Chief, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Germanic Linguistics)

portrait of Dammel Antje

is Professor of German Linguistics at the University of Münster.

Research Interests

Comparative Germanic linguistics, historical linguistics, variationist linguistics, morphology, morphosyntax, pragmatics, onomastics

Recent Publications


FRANCESCO GARDANI (co-Editor-in-Chief, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Romance Linguistics)

portrait of Francesco Gardani

is Professor of Romance Linguistics at the University of Zurich.

Research Interests

Romance linguistics; morphology; contact linguistics; historical linguistics; linguistic typology

Recent Publications

  • Gardani, Francesco. 2021. On how morphology spreads. Word Structure 14(2).
  • Gardani, Francesco, Michele Loporcaro & Alberto Giudici (eds). 2021. Romance languages and the others: In and around the Balkan Sprachbund. Special issue, Journal of Language Contact 14(1).
  • Gardani, Francesco. 2020. Borrowing matter and pattern in morphology. An overview. Morphology 30(4). 263–282.
  • Arkadiev, Peter & Francesco Gardani (eds). 2020. The complexities of morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Rainer, Franz, Francesco Gardani, Wolfgang U. Dressler & Hans Christian Luschützky (eds). 2019. Competition in inflection and word-formation. Cham: Springer.

SEBASTIAN KÜRSCHNER (co-Editor-in-Chief, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Germanic Linguistics)

portrait of Sebastian Kurschner

is Professor of German Linguistics at Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

Research Interests

Comparative Germanic linguistics, variationist linguistics, morphology, historical linguistics, language contact

Recent Publications


MICHELE LOPORCARO (co-Editor-in-Chief, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Romance Linguistics)

portrait of Michele Loporcaro

is Professor of Romance Linguistics at the University of Zurich.

Research Interests

Comparative Romance linguistics; Italian dialectology (phonology, morphology, syntax); historical linguistics; phonological, morphological and syntactic theory; historiography of Romance linguistics

Recent Publications

  • Loporcaro, M., Faraoni, V., & Gardani, F. (2014). The third gender of Old Italian. Diachronica, 31(1), 1–22.
  • Paciaroni, T., Loporcaro, M., & Thornton A. M. (Eds.). (2014). Exploring grammatical gender [Special issue]. Language Sciences, 43(1).
  • (2013). Profilo linguistico dei dialetti italiani (2nd ed.). Rome: Laterza.
  • Putzu, I. & Loporcaro, M. (Eds.). (2012). Studies in Sardinian morphology [Special issue]. Lingue e linguaggio, 11(1).


portrait of John McWhorter

is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Research Interests

Language change; language contact; history of English; pidgins and creoles

Recent Publications

  • (2014). The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language. Oxford and New York : Oxford University Press.
  • (2011). What Language Is (And What It Isn't and What It Could Be). New York : Gotham Books.
  • (2008). Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English. New York : Gotham Books.


portrait of Haihua Pan

is Chair Professor and Chairman of Linguistics and Modern Languages at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

Chinese linguistics, syntactic theory, formal semantics, computational linguistics

Recent Publications

  • Hu, J. and H. Pan (eds.). (2019). Interfaces in Grammar. Book series “Language Faculty and Beyond, Internal and External Variation in Linguistics,” Volume 15. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Pan, H. Null Object Constructions, VP-ellipsis, and Sentence Interpretation. In Hu J. and H. Pan (eds.), (15 April 2019) Interfaces in grammar. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 283-299.
  • Pan, H. and Yuli F. (2017). Chinese semantics. In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics, edited by Mark Aronoff. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.170.
  • Pan, H. and Y. Jiang (2015). The bound variable hierarchy and donkey anaphora in Mandarin Chinese, International Journal of Chinese Linguistics 2(2): pp. 159-192.
  • Wang, Y. and H. Pan (2014). A note on the non-de se interpretation of attitude reports. Language 90(3): pp. 746-754.
  • Wang, Y. and H. Pan (2014). Empathy and Chinese long distance reflexive ziji - remarks on Giorgi (2006, 2007), Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.


portrait of Knut Tarald Taraldsen

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Tromsø and a senior researcher at the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL).

Research Interests

Syntactic theory, interfaces, Romance and Bantu languages

Recent Publications

  • (Forthcoming). "Remarks on the relation between case-alignment and constituent order." In Oxford Handbook of Ergativity, J. Coon, D. Massam and L. Travis (eds.). Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  • (2012). "The structural object position of verbs and nouns." In Functional Heads: The cartography of syntactic structures, volume 7, L. Brugé, A. Cardinaletti, G. Giusti. N. Munaro and C. Poletto (eds.). Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  • (2010). "The nanosyntax of Nguni noun class prefixes and concords." Lingua, Volume 120 (6).


portrait of D.H. Whalen

holds the title of Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York, and is Vice President of Research and Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories, Yale University.

Research Interests


Noteworthy Publications

  • (2015). Whalen, D. H., & McDonough, J. M. Taking the laboratory into the field. Annual Review of Linguistics, 1, 395–415.
  • (2006). Whalen, D. H., Benson, R. R., Richardson, M., Swainson, B., Clark, V., Lai, S., . . . Liberman, A. M. Differentiation for speech and nonspeech processing within primary auditory cortex. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 119, 575–581.
  • (2000). Liberman, A. M., & Whalen, D. H. On the relation of speech to language. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 4, 187-196.
  • (1987). Whalen, D. H., & Liberman, A. M. Speech perception takes precedence over nonspeech perception. Science, 237(4811), 169-171.

Advisory Board


portrait of Anvita Abbi

is Professor of Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, President of Linguistics Society of India, and Honorary Member of the Linguistics Society of America.

Recent Publications

  • (2013). A Grammar of Great Andamanese language: An ethnolinguistic study. Brill’s studies in South and Southwest Asian languages. Leiden: Brill.
  • (2011). A Dictionary of the Great Andamanese language: English-Great Andamanese-Hindi. Delhi: Ratna Sagar. An interactive English-Great Andamanese-Hindi dictionary of the endangered language of the Andaman Islands with pictures and sounds.
  • (2011). Universal grammar, language evolution, and documenting an ancient language. Language documentation & linguistic theory, Vol. 3. London: SOAS.


portrait of Ruth Berman

is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Tel Aviv University, Member of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities, and Honorary Member of the Association for the Study of Language Acquisition, Spain (AEAL).

Recent Publications

  • (2012). Revisiting roots in Hebrew: A multi-faceted view. In M. Muchnik & Z. Sadan (Eds.), Studies on modern Hebrew and Jewish languages in honor of Ora (Rodriguez) Schwarzwald (pp. 132–158). Jerusalem: Carmel Press.
  • (2011). Revisiting impersonal constructions in Hebrew: Corpus-based perspectives. In A. Malchov & A. Sierwieska (Eds.), The typology of impersonal constructions (pp. 323–355). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • (2009). Acquisition of compound constructions. In R. Lieber & P. Stekauer (Eds.), Handbook of compounding (pp.  298–322). Oxford University Press.


portrait of Kersti Borjas

is Professor of Linguistics at University of Manchester and President of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (2005–2011).

Recent Publications

  • Börjars, K., Denison, D., & Scott, A. (2012). Morphosyntactic categories and the expression of possession. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Borsley, R. D., & Börjars, K. (Eds.). (2011). Non-transformational syntax. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Börjars, K., and Burridge, K. (2011). From preposition to purposive to infinitival marker: The Pennsylvania German fer…zu construction. In M. T. Putnam (Ed.), Studies on German-language islands (pp. 385–411). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


portrait of Joan Bresnan

  • Wolk, C., Bresnan, J., Rosenbach, A., & Szmrecsányi, B. (2013). Dative and genitive variability in Late Modern English: Exploring cross-constructional variation and change. Diachronica, 30(3), 382–419.
  • Ford, M., & Bresnan, J. (2013). "They whispered me the answer" in Australia and the US: A comparative experimental study. In T. H. King & V. de P. (Eds.), From quirky case to representing space: Papers in honor of Annie Zaenen. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications.
  • Kuperman, V., & Bresnan, J. (2012). The effects of construction probability on word durations during spontaneous incremental sentence production. Journal of Memory & Language, 66, 588–611.


portrait of Greville Corbett

is Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of Surrey and President of Linguistics Association of Great Britain (1996).

Recent Publications

  • Baerman, M., & Corbett, G. (2013). Person by other means. In D. Bakker & M. Haspelmath (Eds.), Languages across boundaries: Studies in memory of Anna Siewierska (pp. 1–14). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Chumakina, M., & Corbett, G. (2012). Periphrasis: The role of syntax and morphology in paradigms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Brown, D. P., Chumakina, M., & Corbett, G. (2012). Canonical morphology and syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


portrait of Gerrit Jan Dimmendaal

is Professor of African Studies at the University of Cologne and Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America.

Recent Publications

  • (2015) The Leopard’s Spots: Essays on Language, Cognition, and Culture. Leiden: Brill.
  • (2011). Historical linguistics and the comparative study of African languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • (2010). Language description and “the new paradigm”: What linguists may learn from ethnocinematographers. Language documentation and conservation, Vol. 4 (pp. 152–158). Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.


portrait of Larry Horn

is Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at Yale University and Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America and Member of the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project.

Recent Publications

  • Horn, L., & Abbott, B. (Forthcoming). (In)definiteness and implicature. In J. K. Campbell et al. (Eds.), Reference and referring: Topics in contemporary philosophy, Vol. 10. Cambridge: The MIT Press.
  • (2013). I love me some datives: Expressive meaning, free datives, and F-implicature. In D. Gutzmann & H.-M. Gärtner (Eds.), Beyond expressives: Explorations in use-conditional meaning. Leiden: Brill.
  • (2011). Etymythology and taboo. Talk presented at ISLE2 (International Society for the Linguistics of English).


portrait of Peter Kosta

is Chair and Professor of Slavic Linguistics at the Institute of Slavic Languages and Literatures of the University of Potsdam.

Recent Publications

  • Kosta, P. (2019). Third Position Repair, Overlaps, and Code-Switching within a Strict Turn-Taking Model. In Nadine Thielemann and Nicole Richter (eds.). Urban Voices: The Sociolinguistics, Grammar and Pragmatics of Spoken Russian. Berlin: Peter Lang, 183-191.
  • Kosta, P. (2018). Some Notes on the Syntax of Language and Music: The example of recursiveness and merge in J.S. Bach and in the language. In Musical in Litteris. Musikalische Geburtstagsgabe für Ludger Udolph. Dresden: Thelem Universitätsverlag und Buchhandlung GmbH und Co., 57-72.
  • Kosta, P. (2018). Slavic and Baltic elements in the research and research succession of Franz Bopp. In Historische Sprachforschung 130, 2017[2018], 236-256.
  • Kosta, P. & Krivochen, D. (2013). Eliminating Empty Categories: A Radically Minimalist View on their Ontology and Justification. Potsdam Linguistic Investigations, Vol. 11. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
  • Kosta, P., Steven S. L., Radeva-Bork T., and Schürcks, L. (Eds.) (2014). Minimalism and Beyond: Radicalizing the Interfaces. Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins.


portrait of Rochelle Lieber

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of New Hampshire.

Research Interests

Morphology, especially derivational morphology and compounding; syntactic theory; history and structure of English

Recent Publications

  • (Forthcoming). English Nouns: The Ecology of Nominalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2015). Introducing Morphology, 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology. Edited with P. Stekauer. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2013). The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology. With L. Bauer & I. Plag. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


portrait of Taro Kageyama

is Professor Emeritus, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics.

Recent Publications

  • (Forthcoming). Japanese. In R. Lieber & P. Štekauer (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of compounding. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2013). (Ed.). Lexicon forum, No. 6. Hituzi Syobo.
  • (2012). Diversity and uniformity of grammar: When ungrammatical expressions become grammatical. Journal of Japanese Linguistics, 28, 5–29.


portrait of Ellen Kaisse

is Howard and Frances Nostrand Endowed Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Linguistics President of the Linguistics Society of America, and Editor of Phonology.

Recent Publications

  • E. Kaisse, R. Wright, & E. Henke. (2012). Is the sonority sequencing principle an epiphenomenon? In S. Parker (Ed.), The sonority controversy. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • (2009). Sympathy meets Argentinian Spanish. In K. Hanson & S. Inkelas, The nature of the word: studies in honor of Paul Kiparsky. Cambridge: The MIT Press.


portrait of Yoonjung Kang

is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. She is also the associate editor of Phonology; and the phonology/phonetics section editor of Language & Linguistics Compass.

Research Interests

Phonology; phonetics; Korean; loanwords; heritage language; sound change

Recent Publications

  • (2014). Voice onset time merger and development of tonal contrast in Seoul Korean stops: A corpus study. Journal of Phonetics, 45, 76–90.
  • Kang, Y., & Han, S. (2013). Tonogenesis in early contemporary Seoul Korean: A longitudinal case study. Lingua, 134, 62–74.
  • (2011). Loanword phonology. In M. van Oostendorp, C. J. Ewen, E. V. Hume, & K. Rice (Eds.), The Blackwell companion to phonology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • (2003). Perceptual similarity in loanword adaptation: English post-vocalic word-final stops to Korean. Phonology, 20(2), 219–273.


portrait of Ayesha Kidwai

is Professor of Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru. She was awarded the Infosys Prize in the Humanities (theoretical linguistics) in 2013.

Research Interests

Generative syntax and semantics; field linguistics; South Asian languages

Recent Publications

  • (2000). XP-adjunction in universal grammar: Scrambling & binding in Hindi-Urdu. Oxford studies in comparative syntax. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • (2006). Santali Backernagel clitics. In R. Singh & T. Bhattacharya (Eds.), The yearbook of South Asian languages and linguistics. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • (2010). The cartography of phases. In A.-M. di Scuillo & V. Hill (Eds.), Edges in syntax. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


portrait of Aditi Lahiri

is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Oxford, Fellow of the British Academy, Honorary Life member of the Linguistics Society of America, and Fellow of Somerville College.

Recent Publications

  • Wetterlin, A., & Lahiri, A. (2012). Tonal alternations in Norwegian compounds. Linguistic Review, 29, 279–320.
  • (2012). Asymmetric phonological representations of words in the mental lexicon. In A. Cohn et al. (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of laboratory phonology, (pp. 146–161). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2011). Words: Discrete and discreet mental representations. In G. Gaskell & P. Zwitserlood (Eds.), Lexical representation: A multidisciplinary approach (pp.  89–121). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.


portrait of Fiona McLaughlin

is Associate Professor of Linguistics & African Language; and Chair of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Florida. She has taught at the Université Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger, and at the Université Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis, Senegal, and is a former director of the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal.

Research Interests

Language contact in Africa; sociolinguistics of urban Africa; sociolinguistics of writing; historical sociolinguistics; loanword phonology; consonant mutatio; Atlantic languages (Wolof, Pulaar, Seereer)

Recent Publications

  • (Forthcoming). Inflection in Pulaar. In M. Baerman (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of inflection. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • (2014). Senegalese digital repertoires in superdiversity: A case study from Seneweb. Discourse, Context & Media, 4–5, 29–37.
  • (Ed.). (2009). The languages of urban Africa. London: Continuum.
  • (2008). On the origins of urban Wolof: Evidence from Louis Descemet's 1864 phrase book. Language in Society, 37(5), 713–735.


portrait of Louise McNally

is Professor of Linguistics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Research Interests

Semantic theory; syntax/semantics/pragmatics interfaces; computational semantics; formal pragmatics

Recent Publications

  • (2016). “Modification.” In Cambridge Handbook of Formal Semantics, M. Aloni and P. Dekker (eds.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2013). "Semantics and Pragmatics." In Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science 4, issue 3.
  • (2012). Telicity, Change, and State: A Cross-Categorial View of Event Structure. (Edited with Violeta Demonte.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2008). Adjectives and Adverbs: Syntax, Semantics, and Discourse. (Edited with Christopher Kennedy.) Oxford: Oxford University Press.


portrait of Charles Yang

is a Professor of Linguistics, Computer and Information Science, and Psychology and the Director of the Program in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Language acquisition, processing, and change; morphology and the mental lexicon; computational linguistics; the evolution of language and cognition

Recent Publications

  • (2016). Price of Productivity: How Children Learn and Break Rules of Language. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
  • (2015). "Negative knowledge from positive evidence." Language, 91 (4).
  • (2014). Hauser, M.D.; Yang, C.; Berwick, R.; Tattersall, I.; Ryan, M.; Watumull, J.; Chomsky, N.; Lewontin, R. "The mystery of language evolution." Frontiers in Psychology.
  • (2014). Legate, J.A., Pesetsky, D. & Yang, C. "Recursive misrepresentations: Reply to Levinson (2013, Language)." Language 90 (2).
  • (2006). The Infinite Gift: How children learn and unlearn languages of the world. New York: Scribner's.
  • (2002). Knowledge and learning in natural language. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.