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SBU Linguistics Professor Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

May 9, 2013 - 10:00:00 AM

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Mark Aronoff, PhD
STONY BROOK, NY, May 9, 2013 – Mark Aronoff, PhD, a SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Stony Brook University, has been elected as a members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. He will be formally inducted at a ceremony at Academy headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 12, 2013.

Dr. Aronoff’s research has focused on morphology, the internal structure of words. In the past decade, he has devoted great effort to working on sign language, especially new sign languages, which he and members of his group believe can unlock some of the basic properties of all human languages.

“I have always believed in the power of collaboration,” said Dr. Aronoff. “This honor is as much for the wonderful people with whom I have worked over the years as it is for me.”

His research touches on almost all aspects of morphology and its relations to phonology, syntax, semantics and psycholinguistics. He has used many methods in his work, ranging from traditional morphological analysis of both primary and secondary data to lexical decision experiments to computational statistical analysis, using a number of electronic resources. He maintains a research interest in writing systems, especially how they relate to spoken language and linguistic awareness. He also has a strong commitment to promoting the teaching of linguistics at all levels.

“Professor Aronoff is one of the leading scholars in the field of linguistics and I congratulate him on this great honor,” said Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University. “His recent morphological research projects are truly groundbreaking in that they shed new light into the basic similarities of all human language.”

Dr. Aronoff received his BA from McGill University and his PhD in Linguistics from MIT. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Linguistic Society of America; and Past President of the Linguistic Society of America. He currently serves as the linguistics editor of Oxford Bibliographies Online; from 1995-2001 he served as the Editor of Language, the Journal of the Linguistic Society of America. He has authored nearly 70 peer-reviewed articles and six books.
 
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About the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Founded in 1780 by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock and other prominent early-American leaders, the Academy has been electing leading “thinkers and doers” from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th century and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th century. Current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. The current membership includes some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts. Among the new fellows of the Academy are winners of the Nobel Prize; National Medal of Science; the Lasker Award; the Pulitzer and the Shaw Prizes; the Fields Medal; MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships; the Kennedy Center Honors; Grammy, Emmy, Academy and Tony awards; and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. Members contribute to Academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts and education.

About the Department of Linguistics at Stony Brook University
The Department of Linguistics at Stony Brook University is a leading center for research and training in all areas of modern linguistics. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in theoretical linguistics and in TESOL, and is developing programs in Speech and Language Pathology and Computational Linguistics. Research areas represented in the department include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and first and second language acquisition as well as experimental approaches to these areas. Faculty expertise includes a wide range of languages/language areas such as Austronesian, East Asian, Romance, Semitic, Slavic and signed languages. The intellectual life of the department is diverse and dynamic and is enriched by active interdisciplinary research projects with faculty from other departments.


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