Neil Myler

Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Neil Myler
Email: myler@bu.edu
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/neilmylerlinguist/
Office phone: 617-358-4642
Office number: B 08
Office address: 621 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215
Office hours: Fall 2014: M 3:30-5; W 11-12:30 (or other times, by appointment)

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 2014

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 500

Topics in Linguistics: Variation in English Dialects

web A1 Myler TR 12:30-2 KCB 104
Exploration of how dialects of English differ from each other, focusing on grammatical variation in the US, with occasional forays into British dialects. Students come to appreciate how linguists investigate grammatical diversity scientifically, revealing the complex structure of non-standard dialects. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 or consent of instructor]
With respect to the Linguistics major, this counts in the category of 'Linguistic analysis of a specific language.'

CAS LX 521

Morphology

web A1 Myler TR 3:30-5 KCB 104
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.

Spring 2015

Course number Course title Section Instructor Days Time Room

CAS LX 501

Linguistic Field Methods

A1 Myler MWF 2-3 COM 210
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 517

"Having" and "Being" across Languages

web A1 Myler MWF 12-1 KCB 107
Languages differ startlingly in how they express the apparently basic concepts of “possession” and “essence”. Students explore this variety and its implications, addressing fundamental questions about linguistic relativism, language universals, and the relationship between structure and meaning. [Prereq: CAS LX 250 Introduction to Linguistics or consent of instructor.]