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University of Pittsburgh

David R. Mortensen

Assistant Professor of Linguistics

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Contact Info:

2820 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Linguistics
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-624-5483


Courses Taught

LING 1773 Morphology

LING 2578 Phonetics and Phonemics


Research Interests

David Mortensen is a phonologist and morphologist with particular interest in the languages of Southeast Asia (especially Hmong-Mien and Tibeto-Burman languages), tone, other laryngeal features, compounding, reduplication and the relationship between synchrony and diachrony. As an integral part of these research goals, he participates in the description and documentation of un-described and under-described languages.


Selected Publications

(In review). Two types of variable elements in Hmong Anaphora.“

(2006). Logical and Substantive Scales in Phonology. PhD Thesis, University of California, Berkeley.

(2004). ”The emergence of dorsal stops after high vowels in Huishu.“ Proceedings of the Thirtieth Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS 30).



David Mortensen’s personal Web site