Eric Campbell

Assistant Professor

Office Hours

W 2-3pm
R 10-11am
or by appointment

Office Location

South Hall 3524


Linguistic description and theory, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, language documentation, typology, lexical semantics, lexicography, language and culture, Mesoamerica, Otomanguean languages


2014 Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin


I am an Assistant Professor whose research involves linguistic theory and description informed by a diachronic and typological perspective. I am a fieldworker who approaches language in its social and cultural context, focusing on less-studied languages in order to advance our understanding of linguistic history and what it says about human history more generally, and also to broaden the empirical base for understanding linguistic structure and language use.

I specialize in Zapotecan languages (Chatino and Zapotec), which are spoken mostly in Mexico, and I am interested in all levels of linguistic structure. My various projects involve inflectional classes, tone systems, comparative reconstruction, lexicography, and verbal valency.


Inflectional classes
Typology of tone
Play language (ludlings)
A grammar of Zenzontepec Chatino
Comparative reconstruction of proto-Chatino and proto-Zapotecan


In press. Valency classes in Zenzontepec Chatino. In Valency Classes: A Comparative Handbook, Bernard Comrie and Andrej Malchukov (eds.). Berlin; New York: De Gruyter Mouton.
In press. Campbell, Eric and Troi Carleton. Diccionario del idioma chatino de Santa Cruz Zenzontepec, Oaxaca; Chatino-Castellano (Dictionary of the Chatino Language of Santa Cruz Zenzontepec, Oaxaca; Chatino-Spanish). Mexico City: INALI.
2013. The internal diversification and subgrouping of Chatino. International Journal of American Linguistics 79(3): 395-420.
2011. Zenzontepec Chatino aspect morphology and Zapotecan verb classes. International Journal of American Linguistics 77(2): 219-46.
2010. Palmer, Alexis; Taesun Moon; Jason Baldridge; Katrin Erk; Eric Campbell; and Telma Can. Computational strategies for reducing annotation effort in language documentation. Linguistic Issues in Language Technology 3(4). CSLI Publications.


Linguistics 106: Introduction to Phonetics
Linguistics 250: Language Documentation