Dr Jason Brown
BA (CSU Fresno), MA (CSU Fresno), PhD (British Columbia)
I received my MA in linguistics from California State University, Fresno in 2002, and my PhD in linguistics from the University of British Columbia in 2008. Before coming to The University of Auckland I spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at UBC.
Research | Current
- Language Documentation
My research specialisation is in phonology. I’m interested in all aspects of phonology, and I am currently working on assimilation and laryngeal phenomena. I’m also interested in phonetics and laboratory phonology, and in experimental linguistics generally. Many of the issues that I deal with straddle the boundaries between phonetics and phonology.
I’m particularly interested in endangered and under-studied languages. I’ve been engaged in fieldwork with Gitksan (Tsimshianic) for several years (here's my Ph.D. dissertation), and I worked on Upriver Halkomelem (Salish) for part of my graduate education. I've spend the last few years working on Urama (Kiwaian); here is a recently published grammar of the language that I wrote with my colleagues. I’m motivated by the patterns and lessons to be learned from these valuable resources, and I’m interested in revitalisation and maintenance efforts.
My current large research project involves the Nasioi language of Bougainville.
Teaching | Current
LINGUIST 301 Advanced Phonology
LINGUIST 324 Morphology
LINGUIST 706 Field Methods: Morpho-syntax
LINGUIST 736 Issues in Advanced Morphology
I welcome enquiries from prospective students who are interested in topics related to my general research interests, as well as from students who wish to conduct research in the Phonology Laboratory.
Here are some current and past postgraduate projects that I have supervised:
- Mandal, Sam. 2013. Place assimilation in Bangla: Interactions among adjacent coronal obstruents. MA dissertation. (High Honours)
- Craig, Kimberley. 2014. Evidentiality in Urama. MA thesis. (High Honours)
- Brown, Andrew. 2015. Miscommunication matters. MA dissertation. (High Honours)
- Muir, Alex. 2017. Recycled morphology in Urama verbs. MA dissertation.
- Cervinkova, Julie. 2017. Causatives in Nasioi. MA thesis.
- Tukuitonga, Kara. In progress. Quantification in Niuean. MA thesis.
- Altairi, Hamed. In progress. The emphatic sounds of Arabic: An ultrasound study. PhD dissertation.
- Chapman-Richards, Brett. An assessment of the uses of the present perfect and simple past in New Zealand English. PhD dissertation (co-supervisor).
- Yang, Shuxia. In progress. The phonology of incorporation in Chinese. PhD dissertation.
- Zhu, Wenhui. In progress. The perception and production of Mandarin vowels. PhD dissertation (co-supervisor).
Emerging Research Excellence Fellowship - 2013
Discipline Convenor: Linguistics
Postgraduate Adviser: Linguistics
Areas of expertise
Phonology, Phonetics, Language Documentation
University of Auckland Research Committee
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Brown, J. (2017). Postnasal devoicing in Nasioi. Oceanic Linguistics, 56 (1), 267-277. 10.1353/ol.2017.0012
- Brown, J. (2016). Laryngeal assimilation, markedness and typology. Phonology, 33 (3), 393-423. 10.1017/S0952675716000191
- Brown, J., Davis, H., Schwan, M., & Sennott, B. (2016). Gitksan. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 46 (03), 367-378. 10.1017/S0025100315000432
- Brown, J., & Yang, S. (2016). The Emergence of the Binary Foot in Mandarin. Proceedings of the Annual Meetings on Phonology. 10.3765/amp.v3i0.3677
- Brown, J., Muir, A., Craig, K., & Anea, K. (2016). A short grammar of Urama. Canberra, Australia: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. Related URL.
- Brown, J. (2016). Sonority and other constraints in Gitksan consonant clusters. In M. J. Ball, Müller N (Eds.) Challenging Sonority: Cross-linguistic Evidence (pp. 200-218). Equinox. 10.1558/equinox.25678
- Brown, J., Peterson, T., & Craig, K. (2016). Belief, evidence, and interactional meaning in Urama. Oceanic Linguistics, 55 (2), 432-448. 10.1353/ol.2016.0020
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tyler Peterson
- Tukuitonga, K., Starks, D., & Brown, J. (2016). Labeling community and language. In K. Taylor-Leech, D. Starks (Eds.) Doing Research Within Communities (pp. 48-56). New York: Routledge. Related URL.