Eric W. Campbell

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office Hours


Office Location

South Hall 3521


Typological, functional, and community-based approaches to phonology, morphology, syntax, historical linguistics, language documentation, lexical semantics, lexicography, language and culture, especially regarding Otomanguean languages spoken in Mexico and California


2014 Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin


I am an Assistant Professor whose research involves linguistic theory and description informed by diachronic and typological perspectives. I am a field linguist who is interested in all levels of linguistic structure and who approaches language in its social and cultural context, focusing on less-studied languages, especially the Otomanguean languages of Mexico (especially Chatino, Zapotec, Mixtec, and Mè'phàà).

For a more detailed biography of how I became a linguist, see this post from the LINGUIST List's 2015 fund drive.


MILPA -- Mexican Indigenous Language Promotion and Advocacy
Talleres de Lenguas Otomangues (2013--)
Inflectional classes
Typology of tone
Play language (ludlings)
A grammar of Zenzontepec Chatino
Comparative reconstruction of proto-Chatino, proto-Zapotecan, and proto-Mixtec
Information structure and grammar


2020. On Zapotecan glottal stop, and where (not) to reconstruct it. In Anna M. Babel (ed.), Contact, structure, and change: a Festschrift in honor of Sarah G. Thomason. Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing.
2019. Layered complexity in Zenzontepec Chatino verbal inflectional classes. Amérindia 41: 39‒74.
2018. Una mirada al desarrollo fonológico del protochatino. In Elsa Cristina Buenrostro Díaz; Lucero Meléndez Guadarrama & Marcela San Giacomo Trinidad (eds.), Lingüística histórica de lenguas indomexicanas: hallazgos y discusiones recientes, 15‒37. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas. [Pre-print PDF]
2018. La estructura diversa de las construcciones relativas en el chatino de Zenzontepec. In Memorias del VIII Congreso de Idiomas Indígenas de Latinoamérica, 26–28 de octubre de 2017, Universidad de Texas en Austin.
2017. Commands in Zenzontepec Chatino (Otomanguean). In Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald & R. M. W. Dixon (eds.), Commands: a cross-linguistic typology, 106–126. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Pre-print PDF]
2017. Otomanguean historical linguistics: exploring the subgroups. Language & Linguistics Compass 11: e12244. [Pre-print PDF]
2016. Tone and inflection in Zenzontepec Chatino. In Palancar, Enrique and Léonard, Jean-Léo (eds.), Tone and Inflection: New facts under new perspectives, , 141–162. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
2015. Valency classes in Zenzontepec Chatino. In Malchukov, Andrej & Comrie, Bernard (eds.), Valency Classes in the World’s Languages Vol 2: Case studies from Austronesia, the Pacific, the Americas, and theoretical outlook, 1371–1406. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
2013. The internal diversification and subgrouping of Chatino. International Journal of American Linguistics 79(3): 395–420.
2011. Consonantes sibilantes en el zapoteco de Betaza y la diversificación en Villa Alta. In: Munguía Duarte, Ana Lidia (ed.), Fonología, morfología y tipología semántico-sintáctica, 57–72 (Memorias del X Encuentro Internacional de Lingüística en el Noroeste, November 12-15, 2008). Hermosillo, México: Universidad de Sonora.
2011. Zenzontepec Chatino aspect morphology and Zapotecan verb classes. International Journal of American Linguistics 77(2): 219–246.
2010. Computational strategies for reducing annotation effort in language documentation. Linguistic Issues in Language Technology 3(4). CSLI Publications (with Alexis Palmer; Taesun Moon; Jason Baldridge; Katrin Erk; and Telma Can).
2010. El sistema numérico del proto-chatino. In Proceedings of the Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America–IV, Austin, Texas (with Emiliana Cruz).


LING 80  Endangered Languages (S15)
LING 106  Introduction to Phonetics (F14)
LING 107  Introduction to Phonology (W15)
LING 109  Introduction to Syntax (W17, W19, W21)
LING 115  Introduction to Historical Comparative Linguistics (S21)
LING 221 A,B,C  Field Methods  (2015-16; 2017-18; 2019-20)
LING 250  Language Documentation  (F14)
LING 252 A,B  Seminar: Tone  (F16-W17)