Mary Paster

Associate Professor
Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Pomona College

I am a linguist with a specialization in phonology. I teach intro linguistics, phonology, morphology, and field methods. In my research I do both theoretical and descriptive work.

You can contact me at mary.paster(at)

Research interests

  • Phonology - tone, vowel harmony, sound change
  • Morphology - suppletive allomorphy, affix order, multiple exponence
  • Phonetics - (un)naturalness, instrumental measurement and documentation
  • The phonology-morphology interface
  • Field linguistics / working with consultants
  • African languages
  • Indigenous American languages

Languages I have worked on with a consultant: