Eric Raimy

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cognitive science, generative grammar, phonology, morphology, phonetics, syntax

Degrees and Institutions

PhD Linguistics, University of Delaware, 1999
MA Linguistics, University of Delaware, 1997
BA Linguistics and Philosophy, University of Toronto, 1993

Selected Publications


  • The phonology and morphology of reduplication (2000, Mouton de Gruyter)
  • Contemporary views on architecture and representation in phonological theory (2009, MIT Press) edited with Charles Cairns.
  • The Handbook of the Syllable (2011, Brill) edited with Charles Cairns.
  • Wisconsin Talk: Linguistic Diversity in the Badger State (2013, UW Press) edited with Tom Purnell and Joe Salmons.
  • The Segment in Phonetics and Phonology (2015, Wiley) edited with Charles Cairns.


Current Research

There are two projects continuing my work on reduplication. The first is a collaboration with Bill Idsardi (University of Maryland) on a book that contains our work on computational aspects of reduplication, reduplication in Sanskrit and artistic uses of these formalisms in rhyme, alliteration and ludlings. The second reduplication based project is developing a database of reduplication patterns found in the world’s languages.

The second project consists in my participation in the Wisconsin Englishes Project with Tom Purnell and Joe Salmons. We document local dialect variation and use this new data to inform linguistic theory. One long over due project is a book about modularity in phonology.


I teach mostly undergraduate courses in the English Language and Linguistics section on sociolinguistics, phonology and general linguistic analysis of novel data. I will also occasionally teach courses on English morphology and syntax, second language phonology and advanced phonology.


English Language and Linguistics

Recent Books

  • Contemporary Views On Architecture And Representations In Phonology

    Eric Raimy & Charles E. Cairns, Eds.

    MIT Press


    The essays in this volume address foundational questions in phonology that cut across different schools of thought within the discipline. The theme of modularity runs through them all, however, and these essays demonstrate the benefits of the modular approach to phonology, either investigating interactions among distinct modules or developing specific aspects of representation within a particular module.
  • The Phonology and Morphology of Reduplication

    Eric Raimy

    Mouton de Gruyter


    This book proposes a new representational analysis of reduplication based on making explicit precedence relations in phonological representations. The main claim is that reduplication results from loops in the precedence structure of phonological representations.