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

Winter 2018

LING311 Studies in Phonology Sections

Introduction to phonological analysis and theory, with a strong emphasis on description and analysis of data from a wide variety of languages.

Winter 2018

LING410 Advanced Phonology Sections

Current issues in phonological theory.

Winter 2018

LING510 Phonological Theory and Analysis Sections

Discussion and critical analysis of current issues in phonological theory.

Please see this .pdf file for a complete list of publications to April 2018.

Select Publications:

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. www.lingref.com, 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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