Heidi Harley

Heidi B. Harley (born September 26, 1969) is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She is the author or coauthor of three books, and has several papers published on formal syntactic theory, morphology, and lexical semantics.

Heidi Harley


Harley was born in Oregon, but was raised in St. John's, Newfoundland. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics and English at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1991. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and Philosophy in 1995 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Alec Marantz. Harley is one of the main researchers working in the theory of Distributed morphology. She has published over thirty articles on morphological theory syntax and semantics, including articles in the journals Language, Linguistic Inquiry, Lingua, Morphology Yearbook, and Studia Linguistica.

She is the editor of three volumes of collected papers, the editor of two special issues of journals, and is the author of a major textbook on morphological theory. She has been an invited teacher at major summer schools in linguistics throughout the world including Ireland and Brazil.

The Linguistic Society of America has named Harley as one of the 2019 LSA Fellows, a group whose membership is determined by their "distinguished contributions to the discipline."[1]


Selected publications

  • Heidi Harley. 1995. Subjects, Events and Licensing. PhD Dissertation, MIT.[2]
  • Heidi Harley and Rolf Noyer. 1999. Distributed morphology. Glot International, Volume 4, Issue 4, April 1999.
  • Andrew Carnie, Heidi Harley, and MaryAnn Willie, eds. 2003. Formal Approaches to Function: In honor of Eloise Jelinek, John Benjamins Publishers[3]
  • Andrew Carnie, Sheila Dooley), and Heidi Harley. 2005. Verb First: On the Syntax of Verb Initial Languages, John Benjamins.[4]
  • Heidi Harley. 2005. English Words. Blackwell Publishers.[5][6]
  • Daniel Siddiqi and Heidi Harley, eds. 2016. Morphological Metatheory. Amsterdam: Benjamins. doi:10.1075/la.229 ISBN 9789027267122


  1. Introducing the LSA Fellows, Class of 2019, https://www.linguisticsociety.org/news/2018/08/01/introducing-lsa-fellows-class-2019
  3. http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2062
  4. Review by Michelle Troberg, The Canadian Journal of Linguistics / La revue canadienne de linguistique, 54(1), March/mars 2009, pp. 186-188.
  5. Review by Tatiana Ivankova, World Englishes, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 393–394, 2007.

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