Arnold Zwicky

Arnold M. Zwicky (born September 6, 1940) is a perennial Visiting Professor of linguistics at Stanford University, and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of linguistics at the Ohio State University.[1]

Early life and education

Zwicky was born on September 6, 1940 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics at Princeton University (1962). He was a student of Morris Halle at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and received a Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics at 1965.


Zwicky has made notable contributions to fields of phonology (half-rhymes), morphology (realizational morphology, rules of referral), syntax (clitics, construction grammar), interfaces (the Principle of Phonology-Free Syntax), sociolinguistics and American dialectology.

He coined the term recency illusion, the belief that a word, meaning, grammatical construction or phrase is of recent origin when it is in fact of long-established usage.[2]

At the Linguistic Society of America's 1999 Summer Institute (held at UIUC) he was the Edward Sapir professor, the most prestigious chair of this organization, of which he is a past president.[3]

He is one of the editors of Handbook of Morphology, among other published works. He is also well known as a frequent contributor to the linguistics blog Language Log, as well as his own personal blog that largely focuses on linguistics issues.[4]

Zwicky is a former board member of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, who chose him as 2008 GLBT Scientist of the Year.[5]

See also


  1. "2005-2006 Fellows". Stanford Humanities Center. Stanford University. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-20.
  2. Intensive and Quotative ALL: something old, something new, John R. Rickford, Thomas Wasow, Arnold Zwicky, Isabelle Buchstaller, American Speech 2007 82(1):3-31; Duke University Press (what Arnold Zwicky (2005) has dubbed the "recency illusion," whereby people think that linguistic features they’ve only recently noticed are in fact new).
  3. Past Linguistic Institutes: Named Professorships Archived 2012-08-22 at the Wayback Machine, Linguistic Society of America, official website
  4. "Arnold Zwicky's Blog | A blog mostly about language". 2013-10-27. Retrieved 2013-10-31.
  5. "NOGLSTP Bulletin, Winter 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-12-04.

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