Jeffrey Heath

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Jeffrey Heath

Professor of Historical Linguistics, Morphology, Arabic and Linguistic Anthropology

Office Location(s): 418 Lorch
Phone: 734.764.0353
Fax: 734.936.3406
jheath@umich.edu
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  • Fields of Study
    • Morphology
    • Prosody (tonosyntax, grammaticalized intonation)
    • Cognitive linguistics, lexical semantics
    • NW and W Africa (Dogon, Songhay, Tamashek, spoken Arabic)
    • Language Contact
    • Jokes, advertising
  • About

    EDUCATION
    A.B. summa cum laude, Linguistics and Arabic, Harvard, 1971.
    M.A. 1973; Ph.D. with distinction, 1976, University of Chicago.

    EMPLOYMENT
    1989-present Professor of Linguistics, University of Michigan.
    1987 Visiting Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Michigan.
    1982-85 Associate Professor of Linguistics, Harvard.
    1977-1982 Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Harvard.
    1973-77 Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies.

    EXTERNAL GRANTS and FELLOWSHIPS
    National Science Foundation BCS-9816324 & National Endowment for the Humanities PA-23375 (jointly funded), Tamashek (Tuareg) language of Mali.

    1995-97 National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Grammar-Test-Dictionaries of Songhay (Mali, West Africa).

    1991-94 National Science Foundation grant BNS 9020409, Timbuktu-Djenne Songhay.

     1988-89 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, attached to Orientalishes Seminar, Universitt zu Kln, West Germany.

    1986 Fulbright Research Fellow, Islamic Civilization Program; research in Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, and Tunisia.

    1983Invited scholar, Hebrew University; one month.

    1983-85 National Science Foundation grant BNS 82-19685, Judeo-Arabic Dialects of Morocco.

    1982 National Science Foundation grant, Moroccan Arabic Phonology.

    1981 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.

    1981 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, study visit in Hamburg and Berlin.

     1979-81 National Science Foundation grant BNS 79-04779; Language Mixing in Moroccan Arabic.

    PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

    AIDA (Association Internationale de la Dialectologie Arabe)

    Linguistic Society of America

    American Anthropological Association

     Australian Linguistic Society

    ADMINISTRATION and EDITING

    1991-92 Acting Director, Linguistics Program, University of Michigan
    1989-94 Associate Director, Linguistics Program, University of Michigan
    1997-present Editorial board, Anthropological Linguistics

    PUBLICATIONS

    Books on Songhay languages of West Africa

     Grammar of Koyraboro (Koroboro) Senni, the Songhay of Gao. Cologne: Rdiger Kppe Verlag, pp. 403, 1999.

     A Grammar of Koyra Chiini, the Songhay of Timbuktu. Mouton de Gruyter: Mouton Grammar Series, pp. xv, 453, 1998.

     Texts in Koyra Chiini, Songhay of Timbuktu, Mali. (Wortkunst und Dokumentartexte in afrikanischen Sprachen, 5) Cologne: Rdiger Kppe Verlag, pp. viii, 389, 1998 (facing English translations; material from Gao and Bamba).

     Texts in Korobora Senni, Songhay of Gao, Mali. (Wortkunst und Dokumentartexte in afrikanischen Sprachen, 6) Cologne: Rdiger Kppe Verlag, pp. viii, 283, 1988 (facing English translations; material from Gao and Bamba).

    Dictionnaire Songhay-Anglais-Franais. Paris: lHarmattan. Vol. 1: Koyra Chiini, pp. 264. Vol. 2: Djenne Chiini, pp. 202. vol. 3: Koroboro Senni, pp. 344. 1998.

    Books on Arabic

    In preparation. Jewish and Muslim Dialects or Moroccan Arabic. London: Curzon.

     Ablaut and Ambiguity: Phonology of a Moroccan Arabic Dialect. Albany: State University of New York Press, pp. 366, 1987.

     

    Books on Australian Aboriginal Languages

    Functional Grammar of Nunggubuyu. Canberra: AIAS, pp. 664, 1984.

    Nunggubuyu Dictionary. Canberra: AIAS, pp. 399, 1982.

    Basic Materials in Mara: Grammar, Texts, and Dictionary. Pacific Linguistics C-60. Canberra: Australian National University, pp. 522, 1981.

    Dhuwal (Arnhem Land) Texts on Kinship and Other Subjects, with Grammatical Sketch andDictionary. Oceana Linguistic Monographs, 23. Sydney: University of Sydney, pp. 241, 1980.

    Nunggubuyu Myths and Ethnographic Texts. Canberra: AIAS, pp. 556, 1980.

    Basic Material in Warndarang: Grammar, Texts, and Dictionary. Pacific Linguistics, C-60. Canberra: Australian National University, pp. 174, 1980.

    Basic Materials in Ritharngu: Grammar, Texts, and Dictionary. Pacific Linguistics B-62. Canberra: Australian National University, pp. 249, 1980.

    Ngandi Grammar, Texts, and Dictionary. Canberra: AIAS, pp. 297, 1978.

     

    Books on language-contact phenomena

    From Code-Switching to Borrowing: A Case Study of Moroccan Arabic. (Library of Arabic Linguistics, 9) London and New York: Kegan Paul International, pp. 328, 1989.

    Linguistic Diffusion in Arnhem Land. Canberra: AIAS, pp. 146, 1978.

    Edited book

    J. Heath, F. Merlan, and A. Rumsey, eds. Languages of Kinship in Aboriginal Australia. Oceania Linguistic Monographs, 24. Sydney: University of Sydney, 1982.

    Articles and reviews

    Some forty published book notes, reviews, and review articles.

    Some fifty published articles including the following:

    Sino-Moroccan citrus: borrowing as a natural linguistic experiment, in Lutz Erhard and Mohammed Nekroumi, eds., Tradition und Innovation: Norm and Deviation in Arabic and Semitic Linguistics, 168-76, Weisbaden: Harrassowitz, 1999.

    Hermit crabs: formal renewal of morphology by phonologically mediated affix substitution, Language 74: 728-59, 1998.

     Sex, sound symbolism, and sociolinguistics, (with Matthew Gordon) Current Anthropology 39: 421-49, 1998.

    Pragmatic skewing in 1< - >2 pronominal combinations in American Indian languages, International Journal of American Linguistics 64: 83-104, 1998.

    Moroccan Arabic phonology, in Alan Kaye, ed., Phonologies of Africa and Asia. Vol. 1, pp. 205-18. Winona Lake In: Eisenbrauns. 1997

    Lost wax: abrupt replacement of key morphemes in Australian agreement complexes, Diachronica 14.2.197-232, 1997.

    Pragmatic disguise in pronominal-affix paradigms, in Frans Plank, ed., Paradigms: The Economy of Inflection, 75-89. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 1991.

    Lexicon, in Ulrich Ammon et al., eds., Sociolinguistics: An International Handbook/ Soziolinguistik: Ein internationals Handbuch, 1153-63. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter. 1988.

    Syntactic and lexical aspects of nonconfigurationality in Nunggubuyu (Australia), Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 4: 375-408, 1986.

    Language contact and language change, Annual Review of Anthropology 1984, 367-84. Palo Alto: Annual Reviews, Inc. 1984.

    A case of intensive lexical diffusion: Arnhem Land, Australia, Language 57: 335-67, 1981.

    Some functional relationship in grammar, Language 51: 89-104, 1975.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. with distinction, 1976, University of Chicago
    • M.A. 1973
    • A.B. summa cum laude, Linguistics and Arabic, Harvard, 1971