Ian Maddieson

Adjunct Professor Emeritus

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phonetic and phonological universals; articulatory and acoustic phonetics
Languages: African, Austronesian, South-East Asian and Sino-Tibetan languages

Contact Information

Office: Now at: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Personal Statement

Ph.D., Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1977. He took his first degree in English at Oxford University before studying Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. After teaching four years in Nigeria he came to the US and eventually completed his Ph. D. in Phonetics at UCLA in 1977. He held a research appointment at UCLA for 22 years before moving to Berkeley. His main interests are in phonetic and phonological universals and he has collected data on many languages in the field to enrich the empirical database on which these are founded. Areas of particular interest are the languages of Africa and the Pacific region, including the Pacific Northwest. His major publications include Patterns of Sounds (1984) and The Sounds of the World's Languages (1996), co-authored with Peter Ladefoged.

Selected publications

"Syllable structure and phonetic models." With Kristin Precoda. In Phonology 9: 45-60. 1992.

"Gestural economy". In Proceedings of the 13th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (Stockholm) (Edited by K. Elenius and P. Branderud), Volume 4: 574-577. 1995.

"The phonetic structures of Hadza." Sands, Bonny, Ian Maddieson, & Peter Ladefoged. In Studies in African Linguistics 25: 171-204. 1996.

"Phonetic universals." In The Handbook of Phonetic Sciences, (ed W. Hardcastle and J. Laver). Blackwell Publishers, Oxford. 619-639. 1997.

"The phonetics of Ndumbea." Gordon, M. and I. Maddieson. In Oceanic Linguistics 38: 66-90. 1999.

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