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Juliette Blevins
Position: Presidential Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: (212)-817- 8808
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Phonology, Phonetics, Historical linguistics and language change, documentation of endangered languages, Austronesian languages, Australian Aboriginal languages, Native American languages

Juliette Blevins is a world-class phonologist and an advocate for endangered and minority languages, with expertise in Austronesian, Australian Aboriginal, Native American, and Andamanese languages. Her first book, Nhanda, an Aboriginal Language of Western Australia, was based on work with the last speakers of the language, which has now become extinct. Her book Evolutionary Phonology (Cambridge University Press, 2004) explores the nature of sound patterns and sound change in human language and presents a new theory synthesizing results in historical linguistics, phonetics, and phonological theory. As a senior research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Blevins has worked on a range of major projects, from continued description of the Yurok language of northwestern California, to the role of analogy in grammar, to the reconstruction of proto-languages of two distinct language groups of the Andaman Islands. A major discovery by Blevins is an ancient link between Proto-Ongan of the south Andaman Islands and Proto-Austronesian, spoken six thousand years ago in Taiwan. Professor Blevins holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has taught at the University of Texas, Austin; the University of Western Australia; Stanford University; the University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Leipzig.



Ph.D., M.I.T., 1985.  (Linguistics; Dissertation: A Metrical Theory of Syllabicity.)

B.A., Barnard College, 1981. (Honors in French; Honors in Linguistics; Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa.)



Blevins, J. 2004. Evolutionary phonology: The emergence of   sound patterns.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Blevins, J. 2001. Nhanda: An Aboriginal language of Western Australia. Oceanic Linguistics Special Publications in Linguistics, Number 30.  Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.


Edited Volumes


Blevins, James P. and Juliette Blevins (editors). 2009. Analogy in grammar: Form and Acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Blevins, J. (editor). 2007. Phonology 24.1. Thematic issue: 'Synchrony and diachrony in phonology'.

Refereed Journal Articles


Blevins, J. 2012. Duality of patterning: Absolute universal or statistical tendency? Language and Cognition 4: 275-96. Special issue. Bart de Boer, Simon Kirby, and Wendy Sandler (eds.) pdf

Blevins, J. and D. Kaufman. 2012.  Origins of Palauan Intrusive Velar Nasals. Oceanic Linguistics 51: 18-33. pdf

Blevins, Juliette. 2010. Saving endangered languages in the United States.  A Living Legacy: Preserving Intangible Culture. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs. 6-10. pdf

Blevins, J. and A. Pawley. 2010. Typological implications of Kalam predictable vowels. Phonology 27.1:1-44. pdf