MemberSamuel Akinbo

…logical patterns, for example, the requirement that there be exactly two syllables in some constituent or that a syllable must contain an onset?
My secondary research area is the phonology of language-based music, which serves as language-external evidence for phonological theory. Language-based musical instruments communicate by imitating the features of h…
… Linguistique et Langues Africaines, 5, 11-23.
Akinbo, Samuel. (2019). Minimality and Onset Conditions Interact with Vowel Harmony in Fungwa. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting on Phonology 2018.
Akinbo, Samuel. (2018). Documentation of Cifungwa Folktales. London: SOAS, Endangered Languages Archive, ELAR. URL: (…

I am interested in theoretical phonology, the intersection between language and music, and the documentation of endangered and understudied languages in West Africa.

MemberPatrik Bye

…ts grammar which the grammar knows nothing of: Marginal contrast and phonological theory. Nordlyd 40, 41–54. [Special XL Issue: A Festschrift on the Occasion of X Years of CASTL Phonology and Curt Rice’s L-th Birthday. Edited by Sylvia Blaho, Martin Krämer, and Bruce Morén-Duolljá.] 2013. ISSN 1503-8599.

Non-concatenative morphology as epiphenomeno…

I’m associate professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Nordland in Bodø, Norway. For many years I taught general (theoretical) and English linguistics at the University of Tromsø, where I was an associate of CASTL (Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics). The focus of my research has been phonology (language sound structure), especially how phonological knowledge interacts with other cognitive systems that subserve language, including the lexicon and syntax. More recently I’ve turned to the ways in which the categories and structures of language presuppose and are influenced by interaction with the physical and social environment, as well as how language, understood as a discrete combinatorial system, shapes the human lifeworld. My latest project applies linguistics to understanding poetic effects.

MemberFrancisco Antonio Montaño

Francisco Antonio Montaño is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages & Literatures and in the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics at Lehman College, CUNY.  He joined the Department of Languages and Literatures in 2009.  He received his A.B. (French) from Princeton University, his M.A. in French Linguistics from Indiana University, and earned dual Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University in French (French Linguistics track) and Linguistics. His current research focuses on diachronic and synchronic French phonology, Romance linguistics, syllable-sensitive phonological change, consonant cluster phonotactics, prosody, language contact, and language pedagogy. 

MemberNelson Goering

I’m a linguist and philologist specialized in the earlier history of the Germanic languages, including Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Gothic, Old Frisian, Old Saxon, and Old High German. I currently hold a British Academy postdoctoral fellowship to research Norse Influence on Middle English Prosody. Based on this work, I am preparing a book manuscript synthesizing the phonological and metrical evidence for foot structure in medieval English and Old Norse. I maintain a broad interest in what used to be called Germanic comparative philology, including the phonological and morphological development of the Germanic languages from Proto-Indo-European. This field combines close attention to ancient and medieval texts as the primary sources for information about older languages, and a grounding in the typology of languages around the world and current thinking about the possibilities and constraints concerning how languages and Language in general work. My ongoing blog series The History of the English Language in A Hundred Words aims to bring the full history of English, from its earliest reconstructible prehistory to the present day, to a wider public in a readable and reliable way.

MemberSomdev Kar

…structure and stratification in Bangla. Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, 6(1), 1-25. (DOI: 10.1515/jsall-2019-2008)
Dwivedi, Pankaj, and Kar, Somdev (2018). Phonology of Kanauji. In G. Sharma (Ed), Advances in Hindi Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (pp. 189-220). Munich: Lincom Europa. (LINK)
Chand, Gulab, and Kar, Somdev…

Dr. Somdev Kar is an associate professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar. He earned his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, and his MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hyderabad. Prior to joining IIT Ropar, he worked at the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, Germany, as a research associate and at CIIL, Mysore, as a Fellow, and later as a visiting faculty at Qatar University, Qatar. His research interests lie in the fields of Phonetics and Phonology (Optimality Theory), Distributed Morphology, Evolutionary Linguistics, and NLP. He published a book and several research articles in internationally acclaimed journals.

MemberJane Hacking

My research interests are in the area of Second Language Acquisition, particularly L2 Phonology and the development of L2 reading, listening and speaking proficiency. I am committed to research-led teaching and also a strong proponent of community engagement and the transfer of knowledge generated within the academy to society at large. For the past few years I have worked actively with the public school system in Utah as it has rolled out school dual language immersion programs in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and most recently Russian. For the latter I have consulted on translation of the mathematics curriculum and selection of a literacy program from among those used in Russian primary schools. In my spare time, I ski, hike, read mystery novels and travel to challenging places.