Kate Lindsey

Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Kate Lindsey
Email: klindsey@bu.edu
Web: https://katelynnlindsey.weebly.com
Web: http://ling.bu.edu/people/lindsey
Office phone: 617-358-4148
Office number: Linguistics 113
Office address: Linguistics Department, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Fall 2019: T 12:30-3:30; or by appointment

BA, The American University
PhD (expected), Stanford University

Prof. Lindsey's research has both theoretical and documentary applications. Her theoretical work focuses on the analysis of underspecification and variation in phonological systems supported primarily by field data from underdocumented/understudied languages. Her dissertation utilized original data from eleven months of fieldwork with Ende speakers of Limol village, Papua New Guinea to explore the interaction of so-called ghost elements pervasive in Ende phonology. Current research projects include extended fieldwork in the South Fly area of PNG to support the first reference grammar of Ende, a typological study of the Pahoturi River language family, and theoretical analyses of vowel harmony and phonological reduplication.


Fall 2019

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

GRS LX 601

Phonetics & Phonology: Introduction to Sound Systems

web A1 Lindsey TR 5-6:15 CAS 313
Introduction to the nature and patterning of sounds in human language. Presents articulatory and acoustic phonetics, and basic phonological analysis, focusing on cross-language typology and comparison. Hands-on development of practical skills, including IPA transcription, field techniques, and digital speech analysis.

[Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.
Please note that this course cannot be taken for credit towards the MA or PhD program in Linguistics.]
[Meets with CAS LX 301; Also offered as MET LX 501; Previously offered as CAS LX 510 "Phonetics"]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas:
    • Scientific Inquiry II
    • Quantitative Reasoning I
    • Critical Thinking

Spring 2020 (tentative)

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

GRS LX 691

Linguistic Field Methods

A1 Lindsey MWF 9:05-9:55 CAS 220
An in-depth investigation of the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and lexicon of an African or other non-Indo-European language. Weekly sessions with language consultant. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with CAS LX 391; Also offered as MET LX 591; Previously offered as CAS LX 501 "Linguistic Field Methods"]

GRS LX 703

Phonological Analysis

A1 Lindsey MWF 1:25-2:15 PSY B39
Survey of phonological theory and analysis, with focus on crosslinguistic typology of phonological systems. Phonological reasoning and argumentation skills are developed. Empirical coverage includes contrast, distinctive features, rules and constraints, opacity, tone, syllabification, stress, and interactions with morphology and syntax. [Prereq: CAS LX 301/ GRS LX 601 (or CAS LX 510) or consent of instructor.]
[Meets with CAS LX 403; Previously offered as CAS LX 513 "Phonology"]