Interim Dean, Graduate College
Dr. Andrew Carnie earned his Ph.D. from MIT in generative linguistics. He came to the UA in 1998 and is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics and a member of the Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs).
Dr. Carnie specializes in both the formal description of the syntax (sentence structure) and the instrumental and experimental analysis of the phonetics and phonology (sound structure) of less commonly spoken languages. He has worked extensively on the documentation and revitalization of endangered Celtic languages. With multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, he performs psycholinguistic and instrumental measures of the unique sounds and sound patterns found in those languages. In addition to numerous articles, he has written or edited thirteen books. His most recent book, just released this month, is the third edition of Syntax: A Generative Introduction, which is the most commonly used textbook in the field.
For the past two years, Dr. Carnie has been working in the Graduate College as faculty director of the GIDPs. He has helped to stabilize the funding for these programs and to develop mechanisms for best practices in the administration of interdisciplinary units. He will continue in his role as director of GIDPs as he also takes on the stewardship of the UA’s graduate education enterprise as Interim Dean of the Graduate College from now until June 30, 2013.
Assistant: Cynthia Bjerk-Plocke