Emily Lindsay-Smith

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
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I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the MORPHON Project.

I am also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Surrey Morphology Group researching typological patterns in analogy, and an Associate Lecturer in Education at Oxford Brookes University, where I teach introductory Phonetics, Phonology and Morphology to undergraduate students.

I am primarily interested in how words are structured, how they change over time, and how they are processed in the brain.

I have previously worked as an Outreach Officer and Departmental Lecturer in Phonology at the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, responsible for graduate lectures in Phonology, Psycholinguistics and Historical Linguistics, as well as undergraduate Dynamic Phonetics.

Recently, I completed my DPhil which explored the phonological typology of sixteen modern Arabic varieties, looking at their syllable structure, stress and affixation.

My interest (and proficiency) in Arabic comes from my undergraduate degree in Oriental Studies (Arabic with Turkish) that I completed at Oxford before undertaking my MPhil here in the Faculty of Linguistics.


Recent Presentations:

September 2021: Revisiting the Phonological Typology of Modern Arabic Varieties. Talk given at LAGB.

August 2021: Challenging the Clitic Status of Arabic Bound Formatives. Poster presented at the American International Morphology Meeting 5.

June 2021: Quantity Alternation in Arabic Syllable Structure Restrictions. Poster presented at Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2021.

May 2021: Catalexis Revisited. Joint work with Professor Aditi Lahiri. Talk given to the Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester.

March 2021: Non-Exceptional Stress Exceptions: Prosodic Preferences in Arabic Axes. Poster presented at the 20th Meeting of the Texas Linguistic Society, University of Texas at Austin.


My current research interests are:

  • Stress and metrical structures
  • Analogical Change
  • Affixation and cliticisation
  • Morphological and phonological processing