Jonathan North Washington

[ English (U.S.) | ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ (jʉˈɛs) | Кыргызча | قىرعىزچا | Халхаар | Русский | ייִדיש | yidiš ]
Нарын обулусу, Кыргызстан
Photo: Doug Gemin

I am Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College. My Ph.D. is from the Linguistics and Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) departments at Indiana University in Bloomington. I hold an M.A. in Central Eurasian Studies (2012) from IU, as well as an M.A. in Linguistics (2010) from the University of Washington in Seattle. I received my undergraduate degree in both linguistics and anthropology (2005) from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

The focus of my work is Turkic languages, especially Kazakh and Kyrgyz. My research encompasses the subfields of phonology, phonetics, historical and socio-historical linguistics, symbolic computational linguistics, and language description and documentation. My doctoral dissertation was an ultrasound study of the articulatory correlates of the anteriority contrast in the vowels of three Turkic languages, and my Masters thesis examined sonority-based unfaithfulness across syllable boundaries in Turkic languages.

I'm an advocate for, user of, and contributor to Free / open source software. In particular, I'm involved in the Apertium community, which promotes certain types of computational resources for language communities which do not have the privilege of corporately developed resources.



Squibs / term papers, research papers, and presentations:


What I do for fun; not entirely different from what I study: