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Dr. Douglas Pulleyblank

Professor

Linguistics

Faculty of Arts

Research Themes: 

The Communicating Mind and Body

Douglas Pulleyblank did his undergraduate work at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and his graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has held faculty positions at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, the University of Southern California, the University of Ottawa and is currently at the University of British Columbia, where he has served as Head of the Department of Linguistics and Associate Dean of Arts responsible for research and graduate studies. Pulleyblank’s research has focussed on the phonology and morphology of Nigerian languages, particularly Yoruba. He has worked extensively in autosegmental and optimality theoretic frameworks, examining phenomena such as tone and vowel harmony.

Research Interests

Phonology, morphology, phonology-phonetics interface, African languages