About

I am an Assistant Professor in the Yale Linguistics Department. My research program is in theoretical phonology and issues at the syntax-phonology interface, including the relationships between prosodic and syntactic constituents, phonological realization of morphemes, and linearization. See my current CV for a full list of projects and publications. My research is leading towards a typologically-driven theory of universal features and parametric variation in prosodic structure. Since 2011, my empirical focus has been prosodic structure in Blackfoot (Algonquian), spoken in Montana, USA and Alberta, CA. This language is polysynthetic, with a unique configuration of prosodic properties, which could help drive this theory forward.

Under-documented and understudied languages like Blackfoot also contain unique challenges for linguistic research, because clear generalizations about the data may not be possible without significant effort to collect, organize, and process primary data. Because of this, some of my research outcomes include research resources and language description. The most significant of these is Blackfoot Words, a free, open-source lexical database of Blackfoot. Inflected words in the database are systematically analyzed into stems and their constituent morphemes, and lemmas link instances of the “same” stem or morpheme across a variety of orthographies, dialects, and time periods. Version 1 currently contains 4,551 inflected word tokens (representing 2,222 unique stem lemmas) across 9 sources. Version 2 is planned for release in Summer 2022.

When I am not researching, I can be found dancing. I love any social improvised partner dance, but especially swing, blues, and Argentine tango. I am from Texas originally, and loud about it.

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Contact

natalie.weber@yale.edu

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