Ph.D. 1974, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Mark Aronoff has been on the Stony Brook faculty since receiving his Ph D. His research touches on almost all aspects of morphology and its relations to phonology, syntax, semantics, and psycholinguistics. He has used a wide variety of methods in his work, ranging from traditional morphological analysis of both primary and secondary data from a wide variety of languages to lexical decision experiments to dictionary-based counting. He maintains a secondary research interest in writing systems, especially how they relate to spoken language and linguistic awareness. He also has a strong commitment to promoting the teaching of linguistics at all levels and was the founding chair of the committee on language in the schools of the Linguistic Society of America. Recent morphological research projects and publications have dealt with the nature of morphological stems and roots; the morphology of sign languages; and affix ordering. For the last dozen years he has been a member of a team studying a newly-created sign language, Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language. From 1995 to 2001, he served as Editor of Language, the Journal of the Linguistic Society of America. Professor Aronoff was long involved in university administration and served from 1998 to 2007 as Associate Provost and Deputy Provost at Stony Brook. In 2005, he was President of the Linguistic Society of America. He is a Fellow of AAAS and LSA and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.