Neil Myler

Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Neil Myler
Email: myler@bu.edu
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/neilmylerlinguist/
Office phone: 617-358-4642
Fax: 617-358-4641
Office number: B 08
Office address: 621 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215

BA and MPhil, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (UK)
PhD, New York University

Professor Myler teaches courses on morphology and various aspects of comparative morphosyntax. His research interests include morphology, (micro-)comparative syntax, argument structure, and the morphosyntax and semantics of possession cross-linguistically. Prof. Myler carries out linguistic fieldwork on Quechua languages (in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina) and on English dialects. For a full list of publications, see https://sites.google.com/site/neilmylerlinguist/.

Neil Myler introduces himself and describes his courses (see below):

Courses

Fall 2015

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 530

Variation in Dialects of English

web A1 Myler TR 2-3:30 TBA
This course explores how dialects of English differ from each other, focusing on grammatical variation in the US, with occasional forays into British dialects. The class will examine grammatical diversity on a number of levels (including accents, dialectal vocabulary, and social factors in language variation), but the main focus will be on studying and accounting for morphosyntactic differences amongst varieties. Students come to appreciate how linguists investigate grammatical diversity scientifically, revealing the complex structure of non-standard dialects. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]

CAS LX 532

Romance Linguistics

web A1 Myler TR 11-12:30 TBA
This course covers sound and morphosyntactic change since Latin, plus various topics in the comparative grammar of modern Romance languages. In addition, there is a module introducing students to the grammatical systems of certain less-studied Romance languages. Students deepen their linguistic knowledge and analytic skills by applying what they have learned in other Linguistics courses to this language family, and learn how data from Romance languages have contributed to our understanding of how language works in general. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 or consent of instructor; PLUS prior study of Latin or a Romance language at the 4th semester level or higher (e.g., CAS LF 212 or CAS LI 212 or CAS LS 212 or CAS LP 212 or equivalent).]

Spring 2016

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 501

Linguistic Field Methods

A1 Myler MWF 9-10 TBA
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.]

CAS LX 521

Morphology

A1 Myler MWF 12-1 TBA
Morphology, the study of the internal structure and the shapes of words across languages, straddles the boundary between syntax and phonology. Introduction to major issues in the study of morphology, emphasizing links to other components of grammar. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]
  • Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.