George A. Broadwell

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Ph.D., UCLA, 1990                                        Curriculum Vitae

George A. Broadwell

Research Interests

Linguistic anthropologist with primary research interest in syntactic theory and language and cognition. Area specialization is American Indian languages, with research in Choctaw, Timucua, Trique, and Zapotec.

George Aaron Broadwell is a Professor in the Dept of Anthropology and the Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science.  His primary research agenda focuses on endangered languages, primarily Native American languages of the United States and Mesoamerica.  He is interested in the issues of integrating language description and documentation with contemporary work in linguistic theory.
 
His long-term descriptive commitments have been to grammatical and lexical descriptions of Choctaw, contemporary Zapotec (San Dionisio Ocotepec, Macuiltianguis, and Sierra Juarez varieties), colonial Zapotec, Copala Triqui, Timucua, with occasional work on grammatical issues in a number of other languages around the world (Mon, Kaqchikel, Kiche, Turkish, Crow, Creek).
 
From a theoretic point of view, he has been interested in word order, causative structures, lexical semantics, negation, diachronic syntax, and syntactic typology.
 
In recent years, Dr Broadwell has also developed a series of research collaborations with colleagues from the Institute for Informatics, Logic, and Security Studies, to work on issues involving language and computation.  His current project is Robust Extraction of Metaphors from Novel Data, in which his team seeks to develop methods to identify and interpret metaphors in natural language text.
 
His recently concluded project, Detecting Social Actions and Roles in Multiparty Discourse, was an exercise in computational sociolinguistics, which sought to identify characteristics like leadership and persuasion in small groups based solely on linguistic interaction.
 
Interests: Linguistics, syntax
Areas: North America, Mesoamerica
 

Teaching

I frequently teach the field methods in linguistics course for our department.

For a guide to writing linguistics papers you can download a PDF file here.

Copies of many recent papers are available at http://albany.academia.edu/GeorgeAaronBroadwell

Research of George Broadwell

  • Vidal-Lopez, Román. (2012). Nana naguan' rihaan nij síí chihaan' | Consejos para la gente Triqui | Words of counsel for the Triqui people. Edited by George A Broadwell, Ashley LaBoda, Sharone Horowit-Hendler, and Gabriela Aquino Dehesa.  IMS Occasional Publication No. 16. Albany NY: University at Albany.
  • Broadwell, George Aaron; Jennifer Stromer-Galley; Tomek Strzalkowski; Samira Shaikh, Sarah Taylor, Umit Boz, Alana Elia, Laura Jiao, Ting Liu, and Nick Webb (2012). Modeling socio-cultural phenomena in discourse. Journal of Natural Language Engineering.
  • Broadwell, George A; Castellucci, Gregg, and Megan Knickerbocker (2011). Toward an optimal account of partial agreement in Kaqchikel..  in Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds. Proceedings of the Lexical Functional Grammar 2011 conference.  (Available at http://csli-publications.stanford.edu
  • Broadwell, George A. (in press). Timucua -ta: Muskogean parallels. in Michael Picone and Catherine Evans Davies, eds. Language Variety in the Southeast III: Historical and contemporary perspectives. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.
  • Samira Shaikh, Tomek Strzalkowski, Aaron Broadwell, Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Sarah Taylor, and Nick Webb (2010) MPC: A Multi-Party Chat Corpus For Modeling Social Phenomena In Discourse. Proc. of LREC-2010 Conference, Malta
  • Broadwell, George A. (2010). Two movement paradoxes in Zapotec. in Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds. Proceedings of the Lexical Functional Grammar 2010 conference. (Available at http://csli-publications.stanford.edu)
  • Broadwell, George A. (2008). Turkish suspended affixation is lexical sharing. in Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds. Proceedings of the Lexical Functional Grammar 2008 conference. (Available at http://csli-publications.stanford.edu)
  • Broadwell, George A. (2007). Lexical sharing and non-projecting words: The case of Zapotec adjectives. in Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds. Proceedings of the Lexical Functional Grammar 2007 conference. (Available at http://csli-publications.stanford.edu
  • Broadwell, George A. (2006). Alignment, precedence, and the typology of pied-piping with inversion. in Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds. Proceedings of the Lexical Functional Grammar 2006 conference. (Available at http://csli-publications.stanford.edu)
  • Broadwell, George A. (2005). It ain't necessarily S(V)O: Two kinds of VSO languages. in Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds. Proceedings of the Lexical Functional Grammar 2005 conference. (Available at http://csli-publications.stanford.edu)
  • Broadwell, George A. (2005).  It ain't necessarily S(V)O: Two kinds of VSO languages.  in Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds. Proceedings of the Lexical Functional Grammar 2005 conference. (Available at http://csli-publications.stanford.edu)
  • Broadwell, George A. (2005). The morphology of Zapotec pronominal clitics.in Rosemary Beam de Azcona and Mary Paster, eds. Survey of California and Other Indian Languages, Report 13: Conference on Otomanguean and Oaxacan Languages, pp. 15-35. University of California at Berkeley.
  • Broadwell, George A. (2003).  Optimality, Complex Predication, and Parallel Structures in Zapotec.  in Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds. Proceedings of the Lexical Functional Grammar 2003 conference. (Available at http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/)
  • Broadwell, George A. (2003). Branching consistency as a constraint on Zapotec syntax. in Proceedings of the 38th Chicago Linguistics Society. Broadwell, George Aaron and Lachlan Duncan. (2002).  A new passive in Kaqchikel.  Linguistic Discovery, v. 1 no 2.
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. (2002). Constraint symmetry in optimality theoretic syntax. [PDF version] Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds. Proceedings of the 2002 Lexical-Functional Grammar conference.
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. (2002).  Branching consistency as a constraint on Zapotec syntax.  [PDF version].  Presented at the Chicago Linguistic Society.
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. (1999). Focus alignment and optimal order in Zapotec. Proceedings of the 35th Chicago Linguistic Society. PostScript version. PDF version. [This version is shortened to fit the page requirements for CLS. For a fuller version, see the manuscripts section below.]
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. (1998) Directionals as complex predicates in Choctaw. Miriam Butt and Tracy Holloway King, eds. Proceedings of the 1998 Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference. Also available in PostScript and PDF.
  • Bickmore, Lee and George Aaron. Broadwell. (1998) High tone docking in Sierra Juárez Zapotec. International Journal of American Linguistics 64:37-67.
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. (1997). Binding theory and switch-reference. Atomism and Binding, ed. by Hans Bennis, Pierre Pica and Johann Rooryck. Dordrecht:Foris Publications. PDF version PostScript version
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. Switch-reference phenomena as evidence for structure-based approaches to binding theory. Presented at the LINGUIST On-line Conference Geometric and thematic structure in binding
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. (1996) Directional particles and abstract motion in Choctaw. Proceedings of the 1996 Mid-America Linguistics Conference. pp. 53-66. PDF version PostScript version
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. (1995a). 1990 census estimates for speakers of Native American languages. International Journal of American Linguistics 61:145-149.
  • Justeson, John and George Aaron. Broadwell. (1995b). Language and languages in Mesoamerica. in Carmack, Gasco, and Gossen, The legacy of Mesoamerica: History and culture of a Native American civilization. Prentice Hall. pp. 379-406.
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. (1994a) Causation and affectedness in Choctaw. Proceedings of the 1993 Mid-America Linguistics Conference. PDF version PostScript version
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. and Jack Martin. (1993a) The clitic/agreement split: Asymmetries in Choctaw person marking. Proceedings of the Berkeley Linguistic Society. pp. 1- 10.
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. (1993b) Subtractive morphology in Southern Muskogean. International Journal of American Linguistics . 59: 416-429
  • Broadwell, George Aaron. (1993c) Is Choctaw a pronominal argument language? Proceedings of the 1992 Mid-America Linguistics Conference, pp. 389-401.
  • Broadwell, George A. (1991b) Speaker and SELF in Choctaw. International Journal of American Linguistics 57:411-425.