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Corresponding Fellow, Section H4, Linguistics and Philology, elected in 1999

Professor Bernard Comrie FBA

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About this Fellow

Bernard Comrie studied Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, taking his Ph.D. in 1972. Having taught previously at the University of Cambridge and the University of Southern California and served as Director of the Department of Linguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, a corresponding fellow of the British Academy of Sciences, a corresponding member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences, and a foreign member of the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. His main interests are language universals and typology, historical linguistics, linguistic fieldwork, and languages of the Caucasus - he is currently combining the last two interests by preparing descriptive grammars of two languages of Daghestan, Tsez and Bezhta. In his work on typology, he has undertaken the cross-linguistic examination of tense-aspect systems, causative constructions, relative clauses, nominalizations, reference-tracking devices, ditransitive constructions, valency classes, and numeral systems. A special interest is the use of evidence from different disciplines, in particular linguistics, genetics, and archeology, in order to solve problems relating to prehistoric human migrations and contact.

Website: http://www.linguistics.ucsb.edu/people/bernard-comrie

Appointments

Current post

  • Distinguished Faculty Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Publications

Language Universals and Linguistic Typology 1981, 1989

The World Atlas of Langfuage Structures 2005

Aspect 1976

Studies in Ditransitive Constructions: A Comparative Handbook 2010

Valency Classes in the World's Languages 2015

Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia: The State of the Art 2015

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