Eric W. Campbell

Portrait on patio of house in Oaxaca, Mexico
Assistant Professor
Faculty Undergraduate Advisor

Office Hours

Mondays 11:00-12:00pm
Thursdays 10:00-11:00am
Spring 2018

Office Location

South Hall 3524


Linguistic description and theory, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, language documentation, linguistic 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 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.


Documentation of Mixtec varieties in the California diaspora
Taller de Gramáticas Pedagógicas (el grupo Mè'phaa)
Inflectional classes
Typology of tone
Play language (ludlings)
A grammar of Zenzontepec Chatino
Comparative reconstruction of proto-Chatino and proto-Zapotecan


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.
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)
LING 221 A,B,C  Field Methods  (F15,W16,S16)
LING 250  Language Documentation  (F14)
LING 252 A,B  Seminar: Tone  (F16,W17)