Alessandro Jaker, Ph.D.
Hi! My name's Alex I am a phonologist and fieldworker, specializing in Dene (Athapaskan) languages.
I recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Linguistics at the University of Toronto. I currently teach at Sisseton Wahpeton College. I hope you enjoy this website.
In recent years, all of my teaching has been with First Nations / Native American communities, including Navajo Language Academy (in AZ/NM) and Dene Literacy classes (in Yellowknife). In the past, I have also taught Italian classes, and TA'd for linguistics classes. I currently teach at Sisseton Wahpeton College.
My joint article with Phil Howson, An Acoustic Study of Tetsǫ́t'ıné Stress, has been published in Phonology.
My article Tetsǫ́t'ıné Prefix Vowel Length: Evidence for Systematic Underspecification has been published in NLLT.
I am currently working on a paper entitled "Demorphemicization in Lexical Phonology." Using data from Dene languages, I describe the process by which phonological processes reach the end of their life cycle and become morphologized, which is also the same process by which agglutinating languages become fusional.
My joint paper with Paul Kiparsky, on Level Ordering and Opacity in Tetsǫ́t'ıné has been published in Phonology 37.4.