To see the current schedule, please visit the Linguistics Department course pages. The pages include detailed current descriptions and some sample syllabi; if you would like a more current syllabus for a specific course, just drop me a line.

This thing is an example of the kind of art I produce while teaching. I believe it was supposed to be a “goose”.

Here are the courses I teach at NYU:


Language: our large intro class. No prerequisites.

Phonological Analysis: introduction to phonology. Sound & Language, our phonetics intro class, is a prerequisite.

Morphology: introduction to morphology. Prerequisite: an introductory course such as Language.

Field Methods: a hands-on course in which students learn how to do linguistics by just asking questions of a speaker of another language.  I am not in the usual rotation to teach this class but have taught it three times (including once at Georgetown). The two courses I’ve taught at NYU investigated the Austronesian langauge Mortlockese (a close relative of Chuukese) and the Turkic language Kazakh. The links take you to the NYU Faculty Digital Archive repositories of materials (audio and transcribed) that were collected in the course.

Sound and Language: The introductory class in linguistic phonetics. No prerequisites.

In the past, I also taught Introduction to Linguistics, which is what it sounds like and is no longer offered.


Phonology I: a first-semester graduate introduction to the field. It is the first phonology course for many of the takers.

Introduction to Morphology at an Advanced Level: An introduction to morphological theory aimed at graduates and advanced undergrads who have taken syntax and phonology already.

Computational Phonology: a course with a focus on corpora and modeling of phonological learning.

Seminars: Almost every year; topics vary; often co-taught with my colleagues. Past offerings have covered the morphology-phonology interface, prosody and contrast, topics in the phonology and phonetics of Slavic languages, and computational approaches to phonological, morphological, and phonetic learning.

I have also contributed to the creation and teaching of the Professional Seminar, where NYU grad students learn the nuts-and-bolts of doing linguistics for a living.