Associate Professor, English, Washington State University
Director, Avery Microcomputer Lab
Coordinator, Linguistics Program (General Studies Humanities)
Office: 347 Avery Hall
Telephone: Office (509) 335-2117 Home (509) 332-2591
My office hours for Spring 2013 are F 1-3 and by appointment. Just e-mail me or telephone me at 2-2591 to make an appointment then (or to find another time).
I was born in Washington, DC in 1953 and was chased out almost immediately by the incoming administration. I was raised in southern California, where my main hobbies were reading and hiding from the sun. I attended UCLA for a long, long time, studying linguistics as an undergraduate (1974 BA) and later a graduate student (1975 MA; 1980 PhD).
My primary research interests have been in syntax and the syntactic and morphological structure of languages typologically very dissimilar from English (languages including native American languages like Maricopa, Yavapai, Chickasaw).
I have been at WSU since 1981. I am the coordinator of the Linguistics program at WSU and I teach the core linguistics courses in the English Department in syntax, phonology, as well as the traditional grammar course(s) and history of English. Occasionally I teach seminars in linguistic topics like discourse and language families in which I have a research interest (Yuman, Celtic)--whatever there is a student demand for.
Since 2005, I have been director of the Avery Microcomputer Lab which consists of a network of 71 iMacs and three servers.
I am currently treasurer of the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors (WSU-AAUP) as well as its webmaster. I took on this responsibility because it seemed better than silently watching the destruction of a useful public university. At least I'm no longer silent.
A draft of the grammar textbook is available for download here.
The table of contents for the current version of the textbook is available for download here.
Click on the link for the software appropriate for your system.
When the file is downloaded, click on it and extract the contents to a convenient location.
The most recent version of the grammar software for Mac is available for download as a zipped file here.
The most recent version of the grammar software for Windows is available for download as a zipped file here.
Once the software has been extracted from the zipped file, either version can be run from any medium that can be written to (a hard drive or a flash drive, for example).
Maricopa Morphology and Syntax, 1986. University of California Publications in Linguistics (University of California Press: Berkeley)
"Inflectional ablaut in the River languages" With Pamela Munro, in Papers from the 1989 Hokan-Penutian Languages Workshop: 69-86 (University of Oregon Papers in Linguistics 2), 1990.
"The development of evidentials in Maricopa" in Evidentiality: The Linguistic Coding of Epistemology, W. Chafe and J. Nichols, eds.: 75-88 (Ablex: Norwood, New Jersey), 1986.
"Switch-reference, clause order, and interclausal relationships in Maricopa" in Switch Reference and Universal Grammar, J. Haiman and P. Munro, eds.:83-104 (John Benjamins, B.V.), 1984.
"Some Maricopa Auxiliaries" in Southern Illinois University Occasional Papers on Linguistics #111-11, 1983.
"Inferential Constructions in Maricopa" in Southern Illinois University Occasional Papers on Linguistics, #10:15-23 (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), 1982.
"Maricopa Relative Clauses." Southern Illinois University Occasional Papers on Linguistics #7:15-24 (Southern Illinois University; Carbondale), 1980
"-k and -m in Maricopa," UCLA Papers in Syntax, #8:119-144 (UCLA), 1980.
"Relative clauses in Western Muskogean languages" in Muskogean Linguistics, P. Munro, ed.: 66-80 (UCLA Occasional Papers in Linguistics 6: Los Angeles), 1987.
"Syntactic Relations in Western Muskogean" with Pamela Munro, in Language 58:81-116, March 1982.
"Types of Adverbial and Modal Constructions in Tolkapaya" with Heather K. Hardy,in IJAL 46:183-196, July 1980.
"Morphemes of Epistemic Constrast in Tolkapaya" with Heather K. Hardy, in Southern Illinois Occasional Papers in Linguistics #3:4-21 (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale), 1978.
"Switch reference" in Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Philipp Strazny (ed.) (Routledge), 2004
"On the Psychological Reality of Text Types" with Allen Munro and Kathy A. Lutz (Tech. Report No. 91); University of Southern California, Behavioral Technology Laboratories, May 1978.
"Summaries and Recalls for Three Types of Texts," with Allen Munro, Joseph W. Rigney, and Kathy A. Lutz (Tech. Report No. 85), University of Southern California, Behavioral Technology Laboratories, May 1978.