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 2017: Colloquium talk on "What we know about [word] stress", at the University of Delaware.
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.

Recent Work

de Lacy, Paul. (2017). Circumscriptive haplologizing reduplicants. To appear.

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 doctoral research on the phonology and acoustics of sonority-driven stress, Eileen Blum's work on the acoustics of Munster Irish stress, and Christopher Oakden's research on Nanjing tone. I am co-supervising Luca Iacoponi's doctoral dissertation (with Prof Adam Jardine) on surface correspondence, Hazel Mitchley's qualifying paper on tone-foot interaction (with Prof Akinbiyi Akinlabi), and Sten Knutson's and Nicholas Schrum's research on polysyllabic shortening (with Prof Karin Stromswold).


I have supervised 14 graduate students as committee chairperson (5 PhD dissertations, 5 MPhil Theses, 9 Graduate Qualifying Papers) and served on the committees of 13 others. I have supervised 7 Undergraduate Honors Theses, 2 Undergraduate Independent Study Projects, and 72 undergraduate research students.

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This semester (Spring 2017), I am on sabbatical. Next semester (Fall 2017), I will teach undergraduate Phonetics (615:451) and graduate Phonology 1.

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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