Keith Plaster

Lecturer in Linguistics
Keith Plaster
Office number: 113
Office address: 621 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Spring 2017: TBA

BA in Economics, Harvard College
JD, Georgetown University Law Center
PhD candidate in Linguistics (expected December 2016), Harvard University

Keith Plaster is interested in examining how language change informs our understanding of phonology and morphology. His research interests include:

  • the phonology of stress systems (and especially morphologically governed stress systems);
  • nominal categorization, including noun classifier, noun class and gender systems, and the computational modeling of these systems;
  • the phonology of poetic meter and rhyme; and
  • the linguistics of ancient and modern law.

He is also interested in the historical grammar of the various Indo-European branches, the Mayan languages, and the languages of the Caucasus. Much of his work has focused on the older Indo-European languages, the Native American languages of the Pacific Northwest, and the languages of the Caucasus.


Spring 2017

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 250

Introduction to Linguistics

web A1 Plaster TR 5-6:15 pm CAS 313
Study of the fundamental properties that all languages share, and of how languages differ, with respect to structure (sound system, word formation, syntax), expression of meaning, acquisition, variation, and change; cultural and artistic uses of languages; comparison of oral, written, and signed languages. [Prereq: none]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • Students signing up for CAS LX 250 A1 should also sign up for one of the Friday discussion sections.