I taught in the Department of Linguistics from 1972 to 2006 and still teach the occasional course.
My main research interests are in African languages and linguistic tone and intonation.
A second edition of Lyovin's Introduction to the Languages of the World, recently completed with Brett Kessler, came out from Oxford University Press in January, 2017. Currently I'm working on a book on language in advertising, based on my spring 2016-17 Stanford course.
After many years of consulting for Lexicon Branding, Inc., I'm now chair emeritus of Lexicon's linguistics program.
Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Linguistics
Honors & Awards
Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite Ivoirien, République de Côte d'Ivoire (2014)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Current projects: collaborating with Larry M. Hyman on an overview of tone systems and working on a book on language in advertising, based on my Stanford course.
- The phonetics of downstep in Abron and Adioukrou. Revealing structure edited by Buckley, E., Crane, T., Good, J. CSLI Publications. 2017
- Introduction to the Languages of the World Oxford University Press. 2017
- The Nature(s) of Downstep SLAO/1er Colloque International Humboldt Kolleg. 2016
- Autosegments The Blackwell companion to phonology. Blackwell. 2011
- Phonological reflexes of emphasis in Kwa languages of Cote d'Ivoire West African Linguistics: Papers in Honor of Russell G. Schuh, Studies in African Linguistics. 2006
- Morphophonologie des langues kwa de Côte d’Ivoire Series: Grammatical Analyses of African Languages edited by Leben, W. R. 2006; 29