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Edited Volumes

Blevins, James P. and Juliette Blevins (editors). 2009. Analogy in grammar: Form and Acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Blevins, J. (editor). 2007. Phonology 24.1. Thematic issue: ‘Synchrony and diachrony in phonology’.




Refereed Journal Articles

Blevins, J. 2021. Uvular reflexes of Proto-Austronesian *q. Oceanic Linguistics 60(2).

Blevins, J. and R. W. Sproat. 2021. Statistical evidence for the Proto-Indo-European-Euskarian Hypothesis: a word-list approach integrating phonotactics. Diachronica. link

Blevins, J., A. Egurtzegi, and J. Ullrich. 2020. Final obstruent voicing in Lakota: Phonetic evidence and phonological implications. Language 96(2):294-337. pdf

Blevins, J. and A. Egurtzegi. 2017. Unexpected obstruent loss in initial obstruent-sonorant clusters. The Apparent case of Romance loans in Basque. Phonology 34.3. 507-522. pdf

Blevins, J. 2012. Duality of patterning: Absolute universal or statistical tendency? Language and Cognition 4: 275-96. Special issue. Bart de Boer, Simon Kirby, and Wendy Sandler (eds.) pdf

Blevins, J. and D. Kaufman. 2012.  Origins of Palauan Intrusive Velar Nasals. Oceanic Linguistics 51: 18-33. pdf

Blevins, Juliette. 2010. Saving endangered languages in the United States.  A Living Legacy: Preserving Intangible Culture. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs. 6-10. pdf

Blevins, J. and A. Pawley. 2010. Typological implications of Kalam predictable vowels. Phonology 27.1:1-44. pdf

Blevins, J. 2009. Low vowel dissimilation outside Oceanic: The case of Alamblak. Oceanic Linguistics 48:2: 477-83. pdf

Blevins, J. and S. Grawunder. 2009. *Kl > Tl sound change in Germanic and elsewhere: Descriptions, explanations, and implications.  Linguistic Typology 13: 267-303. pdf

Blevins, J. and John Lynch. 2009.  Morphological conditions on regular sound change? A reanalysis of *l-loss in Paamese and Southeast Ambrym. Oceanic Linguistics 48: 111-29. pdf

Blevins, J. and A. Wedel. 2009. Inhibited sound change: An evolutionary approach to lexical competition.  Diachronica 26.2: 143-83. pdf

Blevins, J. 2009. Another universal bites the dust: Northwest Mekeo lacks coronal phonemes.  Oceanic Linguistics 48: 264-73. pdf

Blevins, J. 2008a. Phonetic explanation without compromise: The evolution of Mussau syncope. Diachronica 25: 1-19. pdf

Blevins, J. 2008b. Some comparative notes on Oceanic *mana: Inside and outside the Austronesian family. Oceanic Linguistics 47:253-74. pdf

Blevins, J. 2008c. Hes and Kus Questions in Yurok: A case for lexeme-specific word order. SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics 5: 1-16. pdf

Blevins, J. 2007a. A long lost sister of Proto-Austronesian? Proto-Ongan, Mother of Jarawa and Onge of the Andaman Islands. Oceanic Linguistics 46: 154-98. pdf

Blevins, J. 2007b. The importance of typology in explaining recurrent sound patterns. Linguistic Typology 11:107-113. pdf

Blevins, J. 2007c. Endangered sound patterns: Three perspectives on theory and description. Language Documentation and Conservation 1: 1-16. pdf

Blevins, J. and Andrew Garrett. 2007. The rise and fall of l sandhi in California Algic. International Journal of American Linguistics 73: 72-93. pdf

Blevins, J. 2006a.  A theoretical synopsis of Evolutionary Phonology.  Theoretical Linguistics 32:117-65. pdf

Blevins, J. 2006b.  New perspectives on English sound patterns: ‘Natural’ and ‘Unnatural’ in Evolutionary Phonology.  Journal of English Linguistics 34:6-25. pdf

Blevins, J. 2005a. The role of phonological predictability in sound change: Privileged reduction in Oceanic reduplicated substrings. Oceanic Linguistics 44:455-464. pdf

Blevins, J. 2005b. Yurok verb classes. International Journal of American Linguistics 71:327-49. pdf

Blevins, J. 2005c. Origins of Northern Costanoan ak:en ‘six’: A reconsideration of senary counting in Utian.  International Journal of American Linguistics 71:87-101. pdf

Blevins, J. and Victor Golla. 2005. A New Mission Indian Manuscript from the San Francisco Bay Area.  Boletín: The Journal of the California Mission Studies Association. Volume 22:1: 33-61.

Blevins, J. 2004a. The mystery of Austronesian final consonant loss.Oceanic Linguistics 43: 179-184. pdf

Blevins, J. 2004b. A reconsideration of Yokuts vowels.International Journal of American Linguistics. 70:33-51. pdf

Blevins, J. 2004c. Klamath Sibilant degemination: Implications of a recent sound change.International Journal of American Linguistics. 70:279-89.

Blevins, J. 2003a. The Phonology of Yurok glottalized sonorants. International Journal of American Linguistics. 69: 371-96. pdf

Blevins, J. 2003b. One case of contrast evolution in the Yurok vowel system. International Journal of American Linguistics. 69: 135-50. pdf

Blevins, J. 2003c. Yurok syllable weight. International Journal of American Linguistics. 69: 4-24. pdf

Blevins, J. 2003d. A note on reduplication in Bugotu and Cheke Holo. Oceanic Linguistics 42. 499-505.

Blevins, J. 2001a. Klamath /sʔ/ clusters.  International Journal of American Linguistics 67: 467-474.

Blevins, J. 2001b. A Dutch influence on Nhanda? Malya kanangga!  Australian Aboriginal Studies 2001/1:75-77.

Blevins, J. 1999a.  Untangling Leti infixation.  Oceanic Linguistics 38:383-403. pdf

Blevins, J. 1999b. Nhanda and its position within Pama-Nyungan. Oceanic Linguistics 38: 297-320.

Blevins, J. and S. P. Harrison. 1999. Trimoraic feet in Gilbertese. Oceanic Linguistics. 38: 203-230.

Blevins, J. 1998. A Dutch influence on Nhanda? Wanyjidaga innga!  Australian Aboriginal Studies: 43-46.

Blevins, J. and A. Garrett.  1998. The origins of consonant-vowel metathesis. Language 74: 508-56.

Blevins, J. 1996. Mokilese reduplication.  Linguistic Inquiry, 27.3: 523-30.

Blevins, J. and D. Marmion. 1995. Nhanda glottal stop. Oceanic Linguistics 34: 139-60.

Blevins, J. 1994a. A place for lateral in the feature geometry. Journal of Linguistics, 30: 301-48. pdf

Blevins, J. 1994b. The bimoraic foot in Rotuman phonology and morphology. Oceanic Linguistics 33: 491-516.

Blevins, J. 1994c. A phonological and morphological reanalysis of the Maori passive. Te Reo 37: 29-53.

Blevins, J. and D. Marmion. 1994. Nhanta historical phonology. Australian Journal of Linguistics 14: 193-216.

Blevins, J. 1993a. A tonal analysis of Lithuanian nominal accent.  Language 69: 237-273.

Blevins, J. 1993b. Klamath laryngeal phonology. International Journal of American Linguistics 59: 237-279.

Blevins, J. 1993c. Gilyak lenition as a phonological rule. Journal of Australian Linguistics 13: 1-21.

Blevins, J. and A. Garrett. 1993. The evolution of Ponapeic nasal substitution. Oceanic Linguistics 32: 199-236.


Book Chapters

Blevins, J. 2020a. Derivational patterns in Proto-Basque word structure. In L. Körtvélyessy and P. Štekauer (eds.), Complex words: Advances in Morphology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 222-243. pdf

Blevins, J. 2020b. Sound patterns and sound change: new threads in the panchronic tapestry. In I. Leblic et L. Souag (eds.) Du terrain à la théorie. Les 40 ans du LACITO. Villejuif: LACITO-Publications, Hors série 1: 255-274. pdf

Blevins, J. 2020c. Linguistic clues to Andamanese pre-history: Understanding the North South divide. In Tom Güldemann, Patrick McConvell, and Richard Rhodes (eds.), The Language of Hunter-gatherers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 198-230. pdf

Blevins, J. 2019a. Deconstructing markedness in sound change typology: Notes on θ > f and f > θ. In L. Heltoft, I. Igartua, B. Joseph, K. Kragh, & L. Schøsler (eds.), Perspectives on Language Structure and Language Change. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 107-122. pdf

Blevins, J. 2019b. Evolutionary phonology as human behavior.  In R. Otheguy, W. Reid, J. Ruggles and N. Stern (eds.), Columbia School Linguistics. Benjamins. pdf

Blevins, J. 2018. Evolutionary Phonology and the life cycle of voiceless sonorants.  In Sonia Cristofaro and Zúñiga (eds.) Typological hierarchies in synchrony and diachrony. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 29-60pdf

Blevins, J. 2017a. Areal sound patterns.  In Raymond Hickey (ed.) The Handbook of Areal Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 88-121 pdf

Blevins, J. 2017b. Between natural and unnatural phonology: The case of cluster splitting epenthesis. In Claire Bowern, Laurence Horn & Raffaella Zanuttini (eds.) On Looking into words (and beyond). Berlin: Language Science Press. 3-16.

Blevins, J. 2017c. What are grammars made of? In Bridget D. Samuels (ed.) Beyond Markedness in Formal Phonology. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 47-68.

Blevins, J. 2015. Evolutionary Phonology: A holistic approach to sound change typology. In, P. Honeybone and J. Salmons (eds.), Handbook of Historical Phonology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 485-500. pdf

Blevins, J. 2014. Infixation. In The Oxford Handbook of Derivation. Shelly Lieber and Pavol Štekauer (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 136-53. pdf

Blevins, J. 2010. Phonetically-based sound patterns: Typological tendencies or. phonological universals? In C. Fougeron, B. Kühnert, M. D’Imperio, and N. Vallée (eds.),  Papers in Laboratory Phonology X: Variation, phonetic detail and phonological modeling. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 201-224. pdf

Blevins, J. 2009. Phonetic explanations for recurrent sound patterns: Diachronic or Synchronic? In C. Cairns and E. Raimy (eds.), Contemporary Views on Architecture and Representations in Phonology. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 325-36.

Blevins, J. 2009. Structure-preserving sound change: A look at unstressed vowel syncope in Austronesian. In Alexander Adelaar and Andrew Pawley (eds.), Austronesian historical linguistics and culture history: a festschrift for Bob Blust. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. 33-49. pdf

Blevins, James P. and Juliette Blevins. 2009.  Introduction: Analogy in grammar. In James P. Blevins and Juliette Blevins (eds.), Analogy in grammar: Form and Acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pdf

Garrett, A. and J. Blevins. 2009. Analogical morphophonology.  In Sharon Inkelas and Kristin Hanson (eds.). The Nature of the Word: Essays in Honor of Paul Kiparsky. MIT Press. 527-46. pdf

Blevins, J. 2008a. Natural and unnatural sound patterns: A pocket field guide. In Klaas Willems and Ludovic De Cuypere (eds.), Naturalness and Iconicity in Language. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 121-48. pdf

Blevins, J. 2008b. Consonant epenthesis: natural and unnatural histories. In Jeff Good (ed.), Language universals and language change. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 79-107. pdf

Blevins, J. 2007. Interpreting misperception: Beauty is in the ear of the beholder. In Maria Josep Sole, Pam Beddor, and Manju Ohala (eds.), Experimental Approaches to Phonology.  Oxford: Oxford University Press. 144-54. pdf

Blevins, J.  2006. Syllable typology.  Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Edition, Volume 12. Keith Brown, editor. Oxford: Elsevier. 333-337. pdf

Blevins, J. 2005. Understanding antigemination. In Linguistic diversity and language theories. Zygmunt Frajzyngier, David Rood, and Adam Hodges (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. 203-34.

Blevins, J. and A. Garrett. 2004. The evolution of metathesis.  In Bruce Hayes, Robert Kirchner, and Donca Steriade (eds.). Phonetically based phonology.  Cambridge University Press. 117-56.

Blevins, J. 2003. The independent nature of phonotactic constraints: an alternative to syllable-based approaches.  In Caroline Féry and Ruben van de Vijver (eds.).  The syllable in optimality theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 375-403.

Blevins, J. 2001. Where have all the onsets gone? Initial Consonant Loss in Australian Aboriginal Languages.  In Jane Simpson, David Nash, Mary Laughren, Peter Austin, and Barry Alpher (eds.) Forty years on: Ken Hale and Australian languages Pacific Linguistics 512. Canberra: The Australian National University. 481-492.

Blevins, J. 1997. Rules in Optimality Theory: two case studies.  In I. Roca (ed.), Derivations and constraints in phonology, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 227-60.

Blevins, J. 1995.  The Syllable in Phonological Theory, Handbook of phonological theory, ed. by John Goldsmith, Basil Blackwell, London, 206-44. [Reprinted in C. W. Kreidler 2001 (ed.), Phonology: Critical Concepts, Volume 3. London: Routledge. 75-113.]

Blevins, J. 1993. The Nature of Constraints on the Non-Dominant Hand in ASL, Phonological Structure in ASL, the American signed language of the Deaf: Current Issues, ed. by G. Coulter (Phonetics and Phonology, Vol. 3), Academic Press, New York, 43-62.

Levin, J. 1988. Bidirectional Foot Construction as a Window on Level Ordering, Theoretical Morphology, M. Hammond and M. Noonan eds., Orlando: Academic Press. 339-352.

Levin, J. and D. Massam 1988. Raising and Binding in Niuean, Studies in Austronesian Linguistics, R. McGinn ed., Ohio University Monographs in International Studies. Athens, Ohio:  Southeast Asia Series No. 76. 253-274.

Levin, J. 1987. Underspecification Theory and Korean Vowels,  Harvard Studies in Korean Linguistics II, S. Kuno, J. Whitman, I.-H. Lee, S.-Y. Bak, and Y.-S. Kang eds., Seoul: Hanshin Publishing Co. 404-420.

Levin, J. 1987. Constraints on Syllabification in French: Eliminating Truncation Rules.  Advances in Romance Linguistics, D. Birdsong and J.-P. Montreuil eds., Publications in Language Sciences, No. 29. Dordrecht: Foris. 253-273.