jim blevins

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I am a general linguist with a primary focus on the structure and complexity of inflectional and grammatical systems. My research approaches these issues from the standpoint of contemporary word and paradigm models, using analytic tools and insights drawn from information-theoretic and discriminative perspectives.

I have secondary interests in the properties of sound systems and aspects of semantics that interact closely with grammar, along with interests in quantitative and computational models of grammatical systems.

My main areal interests fall within Germanic, Finnic, Slavic and Kartvelian.

contact details

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DTAL/University of Cambridge
  English Faculty Building
  9 West Road, Cambridge
  United Kingdom, CB3 9DP
jpb39@cam.ac.uk | PGP public key

recent publications

The morphology of words. In M. Goldrick, V. Ferreira & M. Miozzo (eds.), Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics. OUP, 2014, 152–164.

The information-theoretic turn. Psihologija 46, 2013, 355–375.

Word-based morphology from Aristotle to modern WP. In K. Allan (ed.), Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics. OUP, 2013, 375–396.

American Descriptivism ('Structuralism'). In K. Allan (ed.), Oxford Handbook of the History of Linguistics. OUP, 2013, 419–438.

Phrase structure grammar (with I. A. Sag). In M. den Dikken (ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax. CUP, 2013, 202–225.

Last update: 2014-10-09

© 2014 James P Blevins