Ph.D. Alumni


Christopher Geissler

Parker Brody

Matthew Tyler


Martin Fuchs


Rikker Dockum

Sean Gleason

Dolly Goldenberg

Alysia Harris

  • Dissertation: The non-aspectual meaning of African American English ‘aspectual’ markers
  • Advisors: Ashwini Deo and Claire Bowern
  • Position:  Spoken word Poet and Editor, Scalawag Magazine

Ryan Kasak

Luke Lindemann


Natalie Schrimpf

Sara Sanchez-Alonso


Leandro Bolaños

Shira Calamar0

Gregg Castellucci

Yao-ying Lai

Sabina Matyiku


Jason Zentz

Nicole Palffy-Muhoray


E-Ching Ng


Emily Gasser

Kelly Nedwick

  • Dissertation: Metalinguistic negation in English and Arabic
  • Advisor:  Laurence Horn
  • Position: Program Development Consultant, Niagara University

Michael Freedman

  • Dissertation: Frozen scope and grammatical optimization
  • Advisor:  Robert Frank
  • Position: Computational Linguist, Ntrepid Corp


Ilkyu Kim

Mark Tiede


Argyro Katsika

Yuan-Chen Jenny Yang


Scott McClure


Rajdip Dhillon

  • Dissertation: Stress and tone in Indo-Aryan Languages
  • Advisor:  Darya Kavitskaya

Jennifer Mack


Erich Round

Michael Proctor

Jodi Reich

William Salmon


Thomas Conners

Man Gao

  • Dissertation: Mandarin tones: An articulatory phonology account
  • Advisor:  Louis Goldstein
  • Position: Senior Lecturer in Chinese, Dalarna University, Sweden

Minjung Son


Chao Li

Hosung Nam

Stefania Marin


Mariko Yanagawa

  • Dissertation: Articulatory timing in first and second language: A cross-linguistic study
  • Advisor:  Louis Goldstein


Petra Burkhardt Schumacher


Kuniyoshi Ishikawa

  • Dissertation: Predicates, events, and discourse: representing the so-called head-internal relative construction in Japanese
  • Advisor:  Laurence Horn
  • Position: Associate Professor, Meiji University

Marianne Pouplier


Iris Smorodinsky


K. David Harrison

Seungja Choi

William A. Vance

  • Dissertation: The Rigvedic temporal vocabulary, with linguistic notes on some related Indo-European words
  • Advisor: Stanley Insler
  • Position: Director The Executive Voice


Bryan Gick

Douglas N. Honorof

Lizanne Kaiser

  • Dissertation: Morphosyntax of clausal nominalization constructions
  • Advisor: Stephen Anderson
  • Position Linguistic Consultant at Lexicon Branding, Inc., California USA


Yuki Takatori


Miles Beckwith

M. David Greenspon

  • Dissertation: On reflexives and middles
  • Advisor: Laurence Horn

Parviz Parsafar


Rosanne H. Pelletier

  • Dissertation: Aspects of the syntax and morphology of Telugu
  • Advisor: Laurence Horn


Cleo Condoravdi

Sun-Hee Kim

  • Dissertation: Division of labor between grammar and pragmatics: The distribtuion and interpretation of anaphora
  • Advisor: Laurence Horn

Simon Kimani Njogu

  • Dissertation: Discourse in East African dialogue poetry: a sociolinguistic approach
  • Advisor: A. Biersteker
  • Position: Director of Twaweza Communications and former Associate Professor of African languages at Kenyatta University in Kenya


Margaret Hall Dunn

  • Dissertation: The phonetics and phonology of geminate consonants: Evidence from Finnish and Italian
  • Advisor: Louis Goldstein

Martha Wang Gallagher

  • Dissertation: A Study of reduplicatives in the Chu Cí
  • Advisor: Hugh Stimson
  • PositionProfessor of Chinese, U.S. Miltary Academy, West Point, NY (Retired)

Elizabeth C. Zsiga


Peter Hendriks

Caroline L. Smith


Andre M. Cooper

  • Dissertation: An articulatory account of aspiration in English
  • Advisor: Louis Goldstein
  • PositionAssociate Professor, University of the West Indies


Sung-bum Lee


Harriet S. Magen

Rena A. Krakow


Suzanne E. Boyce

  • Dissertation: The influence of phonological structure on articulatory organization in Turkish and English: Vowel harmony and coarticularion
  • Advisor: Louis Goldstein
  • Position: Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Sharon Y. Manuel

  • Dissertation: Acoustic & perceptual consequences of V-V coarticulation in three Bantu languages
  • Advisor: Louis Goldstein
  • PositionAssociate Professor at Northeastern University, Speech Pathology and Audiology


Alexander C. Lehrman

  • Dissertation: Simple thematic imperfectives in Anatolian and Indo-European
  • Advisor: Warren Cowgill
  • Position: Associate Professor, University of Delaware,  Deceased: October 10, 2011, 

Charles E. Hoequist, Jr.

  • Dissertation: A comparative study of linguistic rhythm
  • Advisor: Louis Goldstein
  • Position: Researcher, Cambridge University, Department of Engineering, Deceased: June 7, 2018,

Greer Watson

  • Dissertation: Pronouns and prepositional phrases
  • Advisor: Laurence Horn
  • Position: Researcher, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto


Donald A. Ringe, Jr.

Leon A. Serafim


Janet Elaine Gertz

  • Dissertation: The nominative-accusative neuter plural in Anatolian
  • Advisor: Warren Cowgill
  • Position: Director for Preservation for Columbia University Libraries

Karen E. Sandness

  • Dissertation: The evolution of the Japnese past and perfect particles in the Muromati periods
  • Advisor: Samuel E. Martin
  • Position: Assistant Professor, Linfield College, Oregon

Michael A. Covington

Douglas H. Whalen


May Chao Shih

  • Dissertation: Methods for diagnosing ubsystems of L2 grammars
  • Position: Assistant Professor of English, San Francisco State University

William H. Cook

  • Dissertation: A grammar of North Carolina Cherokee 
  • Advisor: Floyd Lounsbury
  • Position: Guest Professor of English, University of Sofia, Bulgaria


Andrea G. Levitt

  • Dissertation: The effects of clause structure on memory for sentences
  • Position: Professor Emerita of French and Linguistics, Wellesley College 


Stephanie Wroth Jamison


J. Marshall Unger

Ronald W. Beukema

Samuel R. Ramsey, Jr.

Shigeru Tsuchida


Jared S. Klein

Curtis D. McFarland

Marianne Mithun

Paul D. Black

Thomas G. Dieterich

  • Dissertation: Non-pronominal anaphora and specificity in English 
  • Advisor: Rulon Wells
  • Position: Professor of Applied Linguistics Portland State College


Bernd Nothofer

Clifford Abbott

William M. Christie, Jr.


Paul Alexander Humez

  • Dissertation: The vocalic system of Modern Standard French
  • Position: Free Lance Writer


Hans Henrich Hock

Jorge E. Hankamer


Delagnel H. Roop

  • Dissertation: A grammar of the Lisu language 
  • Advisor: William Cornyn
  • Position: Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii, Department of Indo-Pacific Languages

David Francis

  • Dissertation: Greek disyllabic roots: The aorist formations 
  • Advisor: Warren Cowgill
  • Position Professor of Classics, University of Texas, Deceased

David C. Bennett


H. Christoph Wolfart

Yoshihiko Ikegami

  • Dissertation: The semiotic structure of the English verbs of motion
  • Position: Professor, University of Tokyo


Elizabeth W. Barber

Sarah Thomason


Andrew L. Sihler

  • Dissertation: On the phonemic status of the Proto-Indoeuropean resonants
  • Advisor: Warren Cowgill
  • Position: Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Henry E. Rogers

  • Dissertation: The phonology and morphology of Sherbro
  • Position: Professor, University of Toronto, Deceased: February 2, 2010

John Guy Fought

  • DissertationA grammar of Chortí
  • Position: Professor of Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania

Paul H. Voorhis

  • DissertationA grammar of Kickapoo
  • Position: Professor Emeritus of Native Studies and Languages, Brandon University, Manitoba


Frederick J. Damerau

  • Dissertation: Empirical investigation of statistically generated sentences
  • Position Researcher, IBMThomas J. Watson, Deceased: January 27, 2009,

Raimo Anttila

Adam Makkai


John U. Wolff


Valerie Becker Makkai

  • Dissertation: Verb structures of Modern Literary Arabic and Lebanese Colloquial Arabic
  • Position: Professor Emerita, University of Illinois at Chicago

W. Keith Percival

Alan M. Stevens

Kay R.M. Williamson


Samuel Jay Keyser


John J. Chew, Jr.


George Cardona

  • Dissertation: The Indo-European thematic aorists 
  • Advisor: Warren Cowgill
  • Position: Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Karl M.D. Rosen

  • Dissertation: Greek loans in Latin through the period of the Republic
  • Position: Professor in Classics and Linguistics, University of Kansas, Deceased: July 19, 2018,

Herbert Landar

  • Dissertation: Navaho syntax
  • Advisor: Floyd Lounsbury
  • Position: Professor of Linguistics, English and Anthropology, California State University of Los Angeles, Deceased: February 3, 2003


Hugh M. Stimson

  • Dissertation: The Chung-yüan yin yüng: A study in an Early Mandarin phonological system 
  • Position: Yale University (Professor Emeritus), Deceased, January 24, 2011


Wallace Chafe

  • Dissertation: Seneca morphology
  • Position Professor of Linguistics University of California, Santa Barbara,  Deceased: February 3, 2019

Robert A. Bays

  • Dissertation: Tense and aspect in Spanish

Franklin Southworth

  • Dissertation: An experiment in the comparative method based on four modern Indic languages
  • Position: Professor Emeritus of South Asian Linguistics,  University of Pennsylvania


Warren Cowgill

  • Dissertation: The Indo-european longavowel preterites
  • Position:  Professor of Linguistics, Yale University,  Deceased: 1985,


John C. Street

Betty J. Sheft

  • Dissertation: Grammatical method in Pivini

Roderick Ross Macdonald

  • Dissertation: Russian prepositions

Warren Held

  • Dissertation: The relative sentence in Hittite

Kun Chng

  • Dissertation: The Kathinavastu (study of a Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit text)


Lawrence C. Thompson

  • Dissertation: Grammar of South Vietnamese
  • Position:  Professor of Linguistics, University of Hawaii, Deceased: 2009,

Richard B. Noss

  • Dissertation: Outline of Siamese grammar


Alfred Sheldon Wise

  • Dissertation: Russian noun suffixation

Alexander Schenker

  • Dissertation: Nominal inflection in modern colloquial Polish
  • Position:  Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature, Yale University, Deceased:  August 21, 2019

Howard B. Garey

  • Dissertation: The historical development of tenses from Late Latin to Old French
  • Position: Professor, Yale University, Deceased: September 27, 2014,


Andrew H. Yarrow

  • Dissertation: 

Eleanor H. Jorden

  • Dissertation:   
  • Advisor: Bernard Block
  • Position:  Chairman of the Department of East Asian Languages at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, Deceased: February 18, 2009

Samuel E. Martin

  • Dissertation: Japanese morphophonemics
  • Advisor: Bernard Bloch
  • Position:  Professor of Far Eastern Linguistics, Yale University, Deceased: November 28, 2009

Notable Linguists Awarded Yale Degrees in Other Fields

1963 Paul Postal

(PhD Anthropology): Some syntactic rules in Mohawk

1963 Stanley Insler

(PhD Far Eastern Languages & Literatures)

1955 Harold C. Conklin

(PhD Anthropology)

1949 Floyd G. Lounsbury

(PhD Anthropology): Comparative Iroquoian morphology

1939 Charles F. Hockett

(PhD Anthropology): A descriptive grammar of the Potawatomi Language

1935 Mary Haas

(PhD Anthropology): A grammar of the Tunica language

1933 Walter Dyk

(PhD Anthropology): A grammar of Wishram

1933 Morris Swadesh

(PhD Anthropology): The internal economy of the Nootka word

1933 Stanley Stewart Newman

(PhD Anthropology): A grammatical sketch of Yokuts

1778  Noah Webster (BA)