Carol Neidle

Professor of Linguistics and French
Director of the Linguistics Program
Carol Neidle
Office phone: 617-353-6218
Fax: 617-358-4641
Office number: Linguistics 101
Office address: Linguistics Program, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Spring 2017: W 9-12; or
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Note: Office hours on 4/26 will be moved to 4/28.

BA, Yale College
MA, Middlebury College
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Neidle teaches courses in general linguistics and French linguistics. Her research interests include syntactic theory and the syntactic structure of American Sign Language (ASL).

Professor Neidle is the Director of the American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project (ASLLRP). Funding from the NSF supports linguistic research on the syntactic structure of ASL, development of computational tools (including SignStream, a MacOS application) to facilitate analysis of signed language and gesture, and collaborative research with computer scientists interested in the problem of sign language recognition. Through our National Center for Sign Language and Gesture Resources, several different types of experimental resources and analyzed data are made publicly available.

Some major new releases are coming in Spring/Summer 2017: A new Java version of SignStream®, for linguistic annotation and analysis of video data, will be released in May 2017, with release of a new version of our Web-based Data Access Interface (DAI 2) to follow shortly thereafter. Both of these tools will include substantially expanded functionality relative to the previous versions and will allow access to a large new collection of linguistically annotated American Sign Language (ASL) data.

See this page for information about this research. Publications include The Syntax of American Sign Language: Functional Categories and Hierarchical Structure (MIT Press) and The Role of Case in Russian Syntax (Dordrecht: Kluwer).


Fall 2017

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 372

French Phonetics

A1 Neidle TR 9:30-10:45 KCB 103
(Conducted in French) Students improve their pronunciation and aural comprehension by applying linguistic principles governing the articulation and distribution of French sounds, liaison, "mute e," and intonation. Written exercises reinforce theoretical points; oral exercises and audio and video recordings allow focus on individual difficulties. Includes readings from literary texts. [Prereq: 1 CAS LF course at the 300-level or higher; and CAS LX 250 or equivalent; or permission of instructor. Note that CAS LX 250 can be taken concurrently.]
[Also offered as CAS LF 500]
Enrollment is limited, so that students can receive individual attention :-)