Curriculum Vitae [pdf]


My specialties are the phonological module and its interfaces. My current concerns are evidence for Generative phonological theories, modularity, and markedness. See my publications or read more about my research.


My current students and their research

Shu-hao Shih (pre-dissertation): Sonority-driven stress

Luca Iacoponi (dissertation): Formal properties of phonological relations

Eileen Blum (pre-dissertation): Stress in Munster Irish


Recent Talks
March 2016: Invited talk at the conference on Dealing with Bad Data in Linguistic Theory, at the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

March 2015: Validity in Generative Phonology Research. Colloquium Talk, University of Southern California.

January 2015: Keynote talk at OCP: The theory of Generative evidence.

January 2015: Colloquium at Barcelona: Does sonority-driven stress exist?


Recent Work

de Lacy, Paul. (2016). Theoretical Phonology. In Mark Aronoff (ed.) The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. OUP.

de Lacy, Paul (2014). Evaluating evidence for stress systems. In Harry van der Hulst (ed) Word stress: Theoretical and typological issues. CUP, pp. 149-193. [pdf]

de Lacy, Paul and John Kingston (2013) Synchronic explanation.Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. [prepub pdf]

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Most Cited [according to Google Scholar]

de Lacy, Paul (ed.) (2007). The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology. Cambridge University Press. [link]

de Lacy, Paul (2006). Markedness. Cambridge University Press. [link]

de Lacy, Paul (2004). Markedness conflation in Optimality Theory. Phonology 21.2: 145-199. [link]

de Lacy, Paul (2002). The formal expression of markedness. Doctoral dissertation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. [link]

de Lacy, Paul (2002). The interaction of tone and stress in Optimality Theory. Phonology 19.1: 1-32. [link]

Kitto, Catherine & Paul de Lacy (1999). Correspondence and epenthetic quality. In Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics 16.2: 181-200. [link]





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I am currently supervising Shu-hao Shih's research on the phonology and acoustics of Gujarati stress, and Vartan Haghverdi's work on the phonology and acoustics of Armenian schwa. I am also supervising Luca Iacoponi's doctoral dissertation. I am co-supervising Aldo Mayro's work on polysyllabic shortening in American English with Prof Karin Stromswold.


I have supervised 14 graduate students as committee chairperson (3 PhD dissertations, 5 MPhil Theses, 5 Graduate Qualifying Papers) and served on the committees of 11 others. I have supervised 2 Undergraduate Honors Theses, 2 Undergraduate Independent Study Projects, and 53 undergraduate research students.

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This semester (Spring 2016), I'm teaching Phonetics (615:451) and Practicum (615:491).

I have taught phonetics, phonology, and morphology at all levels. I have also taught introductory linguistics courses (100- and 200-level).

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