Linguistics

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Linguistics, the scientific study of human language and languages, is both a discipline in itself and an interdisciplinary hub with strong ties to various other fields. The discipline studies the structure, use, and history of language: structure is divided into phonetics (speech production and perception), phonology (sound systems), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure), semantics (meaning in linguistic structure), pragmatics (meaning in context), and discourse (the structure of texts). Language use in the broadest sense encompasses sociolinguistics (language in society); psycholinguistics/neurolinguistics (the psychology and neurological basis of language); and language acquisition by children (first-language acquisition) and adults (second-language acquisition). The primary focus of historical linguistics is language change. The field's strongest interdisciplinary ties are to anthropology (anthropological linguistics and linguistic anthropology), psychology (the psychology of language), philosophy (the philosophy of language, linked especially to the study of semantics and pragmatics), computer science (computational linguistics), sociology (the sociology of language), evolutionary biology (the origins of human language), and acoustics (linked especially to phonetics).


Editor in Chief

After receiving her Ph.D. in 1968, Sally Thomason taught Slavic linguistics at Yale (1968-1971) and then general linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh (1972-1998). Since 1999 she has been at the University of Michigan, where she is now the William J. Gedney Collegiate Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Linguistics Department. Thomason has worked with the Salish & Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee in St. Ignatius, Montana, since 1981, compiling a dictionary and other materials for the tribes' Salish-Pend d'Oreille language program.


OUP: Where is your current research focused?

Thomason: My current research focuses on contact-induced language change and Salishan linguistics, but I also have a continuing interest in debunking linguistic pseudoscience. A few of my publications are `Chinook Jargon in areal and historical context' (Language, 1983), `Genetic relationship and the case of Ma'a (Mbugu)' (Studies in African Linguistics, 1983), `Before the Lingua Franca: Pidgin Arabic in the eleventh century A.D.' (with Alaa Elgibali, Lingua , 1986), Language contact, creolization, and genetic linguistics (with Terrence Kaufman, 1988, 1991), Language contact: an introduction (2001), `On the unpredictability of contact effects' (2000), `Linguistic areas and language history' (2000), `Truncation in Montana Salish' (with Lucy Thomason, 2004), `Language contact and deliberate change' (Journal of Language Contact, 2007), and `At a loss for words' (Natural History magazine, December 2007/January 2008). I was editor of Language (1988-1994), and I'm currently on the editorial boards of Studies in pidgin and creole languages, Bilingualism: language and cognition, and the Journal of Historical Linguistics.

OUP: What committees have you served on?

Thomason: I've served on various Linguistic Society of America committees (as a member of the Executive Committee 2001-2003) and taught at three LSA summer Linguistic Institutes (as the Collitz Professor in 1999); I was President of the LSA in 2009. I was Chair of the Linguistics & Language Sciences section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1996 and the section Secretary in 2001-2005; since 2010 I've been a Fellow of the AAAS. I was President of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas in 2000. I'm currently on the international Advisory Board of the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT) and was formerly on the advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (2001-2007). Among my less academic activities are blogging on Language Log (languagelog.org,) expert witnessing in various court cases, and doodling (I'm a member of Alpine Artisans in Condon & Seeley Lake, Montana).


Editorial Board

Senior Editors
Rusty Barrett
The University of Michigan

Patrice Beddor
The University of Michigan
Gene Buckley
University of Pennsylvania

Marianne Mithun
University of California, Santa Barbara
Ian Roberts
Cambridge University

Volume Editors

Keith Allan
Monash University
The Oxford Handbook of History of Linguistics

Robert Bayley
University of California, Davis
The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics

Robert I. Binnick
University of Toronto
The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect

Jennifer Bloomquist
Gettysburg College
The Oxford Handbook of African American Language

Cedric Boeckx
Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies
The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism

Richard Cameron
University of Illinois at Chicago
The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics

Guglielmo Cinque
University of Venice
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Abigail C. Cohn
Cornell University
The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology

Hubert Cuyckens
University of Leuven
The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics

Jacques Durand
Universite de Toulouse - Le Mirail
The Oxford Handbook of Corpus Phonology

Cécile Fougeron
CNRS/University of Paris 3
The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology

Dirk Geeraerts
University of Leuven
The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics

Kathleen R. Gibson
University of Texas Houston
The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

Lisa J. Green
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Oxford Handbook of African American Language

Ulrike Gut
University of Münster
The Oxford Handbook of Corpus Phonology

Bernd Heine
University of Cologne
The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis
The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization
The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis (2 ed.)
Wolfram Hinzen
Durham University
The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality

Thomas Hoffmann
University of Osnabrück
The Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar

Marie K. Huffman
SUNY Stony Brook
The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology

Robert B. Kaplan
University of Southern California
The Oxford Handbook of Applied Linguistics (2 ed.)

Richard S. Kayne
New York University
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Gjert Kristoffersen
University of Bergen
The Oxford Handbook of Corpus Phonology

Sonja L. Lanehart
University of Texas at San Antonio
The Oxford Handbook of African American Language

Rochelle Lieber
University of New Hampshire
The Oxford Handbook of Compounding
The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology

Ceil Lucas
Gallaudet University
The Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics

Edouard Machery
University of Pittsburgh
The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality

Andrej L. Malchukov
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
The Oxford Handbook of Case

Kirsten Malmkjær
University of Leicester
The Oxford Handbook of Translation Studies

Ruslan Mitkov
University of Wolverhampton
The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistics

Shigeru Miyagawa
MIT
The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Linguistics

Heiko Narrog
Tohoku University
The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis
The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization
The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis (2 ed.)
Terttu Nevalainen
University of Helsinki
The Oxford Handbook of The History of English

Jonathan Owens
University of Bayreuth
The Oxford Handbook of Arabic Linguistics

Gillian Ramchand
University of Tromso
The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

Charles Reiss
Concordia University
The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

Lawrence M. Solan
Brooklyn Law School
The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law

Jae Jung Song
University of Otago
The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology

Andrew Spencer
University of Essex
The Oxford Handbook of Case

Pavol Štekauer
Safárik University, Kosice
The Oxford Handbook of Compounding
The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology

Chaofen Sun
Stanford University
The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics

Maggie Tallerman
Newcastle University
The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution

Nicholas Thieberger
University of Melbourne
The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Fieldwork

Peter M. Tiersma
Loyola Los Angeles
The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law

Elizabeth Closs Traugott
Stanford University
The Oxford Handbook of The History of English

Graeme Trousdale
University of Edinburgh
The Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar

William S-Y. Wang
University of California at Berkeley & The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics

Markus Werning
Ruhr University of Bochum
The Oxford Handbook of Compositionality

Kevin Windle
Australian National University
The Oxford Handbook of Translation Studies

Digital Collections

A specially curated collection of peer-reviewed articles that discuss cutting-edge research and ensure comprehensive and timely coverage of ever-expanding disciplines.

On Some Correlations between Grammar and Brain Lateralization
Bernd Heine
University of Cologne
Tania Kuteva
SOAS, University of London
Gunther Kaltenböck
University of Vienna
Haiping Long
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, PR China
Reflexives
Eric Reuland
Utrecht University and Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS

Speech Play, Verbal Art, and Linguistic Anthropology
Joel Sherzer
University of Texas at Austin
Anthony K. Webster
University of Texas at Austin
The Bantoid Languages
Roger Blench
Kay Williamson Educational Foundation
 

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