Educational Background

1977, B.A., University of Ibadan
1983, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

My primary research area is phonological theory, with interests in overlapping areas of phonetics, morphology, syntax and learnability. The focus of my work has been featural properties, for example, tone and vowel harmony. I have concentrated on African languages, particularly languages of Nigeria, and have a long-standing research interest in Yoruba.

Courses Currently Teaching

Summer 2017

LING200 Linguistic Theory and Analysis I Sections

Introduction to phonetics and phonology; training in the identification and production of speech sounds; principles and methods for describing and writing the sound system of a language; phonological theory with reference to selected languages; the interface between phonology and morphology. Analytical practice and seminar discussion.

Pulleyblank, Douglas. 2004. A note on tonal markedness in Yoruba. Phonology 21:3, 409-425.

Gick, Bryan, Douglas Pulleyblank, Fiona Campbell & Ngessimo Mutaka. 2006. Low vowels and transparency in Kinande vowel harmony. Phonology 23:1, 1-20.

Pulleyblank, Douglas. 2006. Minimizing UG: Constraints upon Constraints. In Donald Baumer, David Montero, & Michael Scanlon, eds., Proceedings of the 25th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, 15-39. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project., document #1430.

Pulleyblank, Douglas. 2006. Mending your Ps & Qs. In Jacqueline Bunting, Sapna Desai, Robert Peachey, Christopher Straughn, Zuzana Tomková, eds., CLS 42: The Main Session: Proceedings from the Main Session of the Forty-second Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, volume 42-1, 267-286. Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society.

Archangeli, Diana & Douglas Pulleyblank. 2007. Harmony. In Paul de Lacy, ed., The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology, 353-378. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pulleyblank, Douglas. 2008. Yoruba vowel patterns: asymmetries through phonological competition. In Augustin Simo Bobda, ed., Explorations into Language Use in Africa, 125-157. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Kim, Eun-Sook & Douglas Pulleyblank. 2009. Glottalization and lenition in Nuu-chah-nulth. Linguistic Inquiry 40:4, 567-617.

Hudu, Fusheini, Amanda Miller and Douglas Pulleyblank. 2009. Ultrasound imaging and theories of tongue root phenomena in African languages. In P. K. Austin, O. Bond, M. Charette, D. Nathan & P. Sells, eds., Proceedings of Conference on Language Documentation & Linguistics Theory 2, 153 – 163. London: SOAS.

Pulleyblank, Douglas. 2009. Patterns of reduplication in Yoruba. In Kristin Hanson & Sharon Inkelas, eds., The Nature of the Word: Studies in Honor of Paul Kiparsky, 311-357. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Archangeli, Diana, K.P. Mohanan, & Douglas Pulleyblank. 2009. The emergence of Optimality Theory. In Linda Uyechi & Lian Hee Wee, eds., Reality Exploration and Discovery: Pattern Interaction in Language & Life, 143-157. CSLI.

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