Emeritus Faculty

Leanne Hinton

Professor Emerita of Linguistics

American Indian languages, endangered languages, language revitalization

Paul Kay

Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

Color naming and perception, grammar, lexicon

George Lakoff

Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

Cognitive linguistics, especially the neural theory of thought and language; conceptual systems, conceptual metaphor, grammar and meaning; the application of cognitive and neural linguistics to politics, literature, psychology, philosophy and mathematics

Robin Lakoff

Professor Emerita of Linguistics

Pragmatics, sociolinguistics

Ian Maddieson

Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

Phonetic and phonological universals; articulatory and acoustic phonetics

James A. Matisoff

Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

Southeast Asian languages, especially Tibeto-Burman and Thai, Chinese, Japanese, field linguistics, Yiddish studies, historical semantics, psychosemantics, language typology, area linguistics

Johanna Nichols

Professor Emerita of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Historical linguistics; typology, including historical typology; linguistic geography and areal linguistics. Chechen, Ingush, Russian

Richard A. Rhodes

Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

American Indian languages, grammatical theory, phonology and lexicology

Dan Slobin

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Linguistics (cognitive, functional, typological), psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, language and cognitive development, sign language, cross-cultural

Alan Timberlake

Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Director, Institute of East Central Europe, Columbia University

Synchronic and historical Slavic and Russian linguistics; descriptive grammar of Russian; medieval Slavic literature, language and culture; Czech literature.