314 Oxley Hall (office) & 100 Oxley Hall (mailing)
1712 Neil Avenue
Spring 2020: Fridays 9:00AM-12:00PM
Areas of Expertise
- Emergent properties of inflectional systems
- South Slavic / Russian linguistics
- Structure of the lexicon
- Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2006-08
- Ph.D. in Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 2006
- M.A. in Russian Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 2003
- M.A. in Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 2001
- A.B. in Anthropology, The University of Chicago, 1999
Joint appointment with the Department of Linguistics
Affiliated with the Center for Slavic and East European Studies
Affiliated with the Buckeye Language Network
Affiliated with the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Affiliated with the Complexity Community of Practice
Director of the Dynamics of Morphological Systems Group
Personal website: http://u.osu.edu/sims.120
My research is in the area of morphological theory: paradigmatic structure; information theory and complexity theory as they relate to inflectional structure; inflectional defectiveness (paradigmatic gaps), syncretism, and other form-meaning mismatches; the structure of the lexicon; affix combinability restrictions; and cross-linguistic differences in morphological organization. I work mostly on Croatian (Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin) and Russian.
When morphology develops out of phonology or syntax, a frequent hallmark of this change is the splintering of a single, broad generalization into a series of more fragmentary and morpholexically-specific generalizations. In my research I am interested in the resulting 'idiosyncrasies'. I investigate how lexical distributions shape the emergence, evolution, reinforcement, and generalization of morphological structures, in the context of language use patterns, learning, and processing. I employ a variety of methods to explore these issues, including quantitative corpus methods, computational modeling, and classic linguistic description. Reflecting a 'morphocentric' perspective, I tend to engage with aspects of morphological structure that cannot be reduced to phonology or syntax.
Understanding Morphology, 2ed, by Martin Haspelmath and Andrea D. Sims (Routledge, 2010)
Understanding Morphology offers students an introduction to the study of word structure that starts at the very beginning. The goal is to shed light on major issues of analysis, so chapters are structured around essential questions: What are the basic units of the lexicon -- words or morphemes? Is there a categorical difference between inflection and derivation? Do the same basic principles apply to both word formation and sentence formation? What makes one morphological rule more productive than another? And so on. To answer these questions, the authors draw on the best research available, discussing a variety of theoretical approaches.
형태론의이해 (Youkrack Press, 2015)
This is a Korean translation of Understanding Morphology, 2ed.
This is a Czech translation of Understanding Morphology, 2ed.
The following courses are part of my (semi-)regular course rotation in the Slavic Department:
- The Politics of Language in Southeast Europe (Slavic 4597)
- Structure of Russian 1 (Russian 5601)
- Reading of a South Slavic Language: Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian (Slavic 5621)
- South Slavic Linguistics: Structure of Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian (Slavic 7622)
- Balkan Linguistics: The Balkan Sprachbund (East European 7628)