Professor Matthew Baerman
I work on inflectional morphology, in particular where its structure seems to take on a life of its own, independent of the meanings and functions it expresses. This research involves a combination of cross-linguistic surveys, fieldwork, diachronic reconstruction, and computational modelling. Current or recent projects include Predicting language evolution: Analogy in morphological change, Declining Case: Morphological Loss in Progress (Leverhulme Trust), Nuer literacy initiative, Seri Verbs: Multiple Complexities, Loss of Inflection, and Morphological Complexity in Nuer (Arts and Humanities Research Council).
Along with the publications page included here, see my Academia.edu and ResearchGate pages.
Postgraduate research supervision
As principal supervisor:
Kristian Roncero. 2020. A typological approach to West Polesian Morphosyntax (co-supervisor Greville G. Corbett)
Tatiana Reid. 2019. Verb morphophonology in Nuer (co-supervisors Oliver Bond and Bert Remijsen)
Borja Herce. 2019. A typological approach to morphomes (co-supervisor Oliver Bond)
Maris Camilleri. 2014. The stem in inflectional verbal paradigms in Maltese (co-supervisors Greville G. Corbett and Dunstan Brown)
Scott Collier. 2013. The evolution of complexity in Greek noun inflection (co-supervisors Greville G. Corbett and Dunstan Brown)
John Hutchinson. (Ongoing). The evolution of morphological systems as words undergo fusion (principal supervisor Erich Round)
Alison Long. 2010. Short-term morphosyntactic change: the development of the Russian predicate adjective 1800-2000 (principal supervisor Greville G. Corbett, co-supervisor Dunstan Brown)