Jon Barnes

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Jon Barnes
Office phone: 617-353-6222
Fax: 617-358-4641
Office number: Linguistics 119
Office address: Linguistics Program, 621 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Spring 2017: on sabbatical leave

BA, Russian Language and Literature, Columbia University
MA, Slavic Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley
MA, PhD, Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley

Research interests include phonetics, phonology, prosody and intonation, speech perception, language change, Slavic, Turkic, and Uralic languages.

Prof. Jonathan Barnes is continuing his collaborative research (supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)) on tone and intonation patterns across languages. Current or upcoming projects include a comparison of pitch perception sensitivity in speakers of languages with tone systems differing in complexity (e.g., Mandarin and Cantonese), an investigation of whether and how pitch is processed differently in speech and music perception (featuring the famous speech-to-song illusion:, and an analysis of the remarkably complex tone system of Shilluk, a Western Nilotic language spoken mostly in South Sudan. See his blog for information about recent publications: