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Lev Blumenfeld

Associate Professor (Linguistics); Graduate Supervisor (LING)

Degrees:PhD (Stanford)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8708
Office:257 Paterson Hall
(Office hours: Tuesdays 4-5:30)

Research Interests

  • Phonology
  • Optimality Theory
  • Prosody, metrics
  • Greek and Latin linguistics
  • Oceanic languages, especially Nauruan

Research Grants


Current course information for this faculty member can be found by searching the Carleton Central/Public Schedule by Term and Name.

Courses previously taught

  • LING 3002: Phonology I
  • LING 2001: Phonetics
  • LING 3101: Historical Linguistics
  • LING 4001: Phonology II

Recent Publications

2022. Notes on the diachronic phonology of Nauruan. Oceanic Linguistics 61(2).

2022. Notes on the synchronic phonology of Nauruan. Oceanic Linguistics 61(2).

2019. (with Eric Bakovic). Rule interaction conversion operations. Loquens.

2018. (with Eric Bakovic). Overapplication conversion. In Ryan Bennett et al., ed., Festschrift for Junko Ito and Armin Mester. UC Santa Cruz Department of Linguistics.

2017. (with Muldner, Kasia, Leah Hoiting, Leyna Sanger, and IdaToivonen). The phonetics  of code-switched vowels. International Journal of Bilinguialism.

2016. (with Ida Toivonen). A featural paradox in Votic harmony. Natural language and linguistic theory 34(1): 1-16.

2016. End-weight effects in verse and language. Studia metrica et poetica.

2016. Generative metrics: an overview. Language and linguistics compass.

(2015) Meter as faithfulness, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 33:79–125

(2012) Vowel-zero alternations in Russian prepositions: prosodic constituency and productivity. In Russian Language Studies in North America, ed. by Veronika Makarova. London: Anthem Press. 43-70.

(2011) Abstract similarities between Greek and Latin dialogue meters. In Frontiers in comparative prosody, ed. by Mihhail Lotman and Maria-Kristiina Lotman. Peter Lang. 275-294.

(2011) Coercion and minimality. The Linguistic Review 28(2): 207-240.

(2009) Meter as faithfulness. Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistic Society 46.

(2008). On shallow and deep minimality. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 34, Berkeley, CA.

(2006). Constraints on phonological interactions . PhD Thesis, Stanford University. Available on ROA.

(2004). Too many solutions: how prosody and segments interact. Proceedings of CLS 41, Chicago, Illinois.

(2003). Tone-to-stress and stress-to-tone: Ancient Greek accent revisited. Proceedings of BLS 30, Berkeley, California.

(2003). Counterfeeding, Derived Environment Effects, and Comparative Markedness. Theoretical Linguistics 29: 89-99.

(2002). Russian palatalization in Stratal OT. Proceedings of FASL-11, Amherst, Mass.