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My research interests include phonological typology, language change, and linguistic complexity. I am particularly interested in rare and/or complex phonological phenomena, and investigate these in samples that include language families and regions which are traditionally underrepresented in our field.

I graduated from University of New Mexico in May 2017 with a Ph.D. in linguistics. My dissertation, entitled "Highly complex syllable structure: a typological study of its phonological characteristics and diachronic development," is a cross-linguistic study investigating the properties of and motivations behind rare syllable patterns in which long sequences of consonants occur.

At DDL I am working on a project entitled A typological investigation of the role of morphology in syllable complexity. This project explores interactions between morphology and syllable patterns in a diverse language sample, with the aim of addressing how different morphological processes and strategies may contribute to both synchronic variation in syllable complexity and the diachronic development of complex phonotactics.






  • 2012: Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) and Amazigh practicum. Lawrence, KS, USA.




Phonological typology


Linguistic complexity


Language change


Phonetics/phonology interface


Syllable structure


Speech rhythm


Holistic typologies of language


Indigenous languages of North America


Underrepresented language families and regions


Language endangerment




2015: Student Committee Member, 11th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology. August 1-3, 2015; Albuquerque, USA.


2011: Steering Committee Member and Abstract and Program Chair, 18th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium. May 20-22, 2011; Albuquerque, USA.


2010: Co-organizer and Chair, 9th High Desert Linguistics Society Conference. November 4-6, 2010; Albuquerque, USA.




2017-present: LabEx ASLAN postdoctoral fellowship.


2017: Student Research Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, University of New Mexico.


2016: Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship, Bilinski Educational Foundation.


2011: Joseph H. Greenberg Endowed Fellowship, University of New Mexico.




2010-2017: Linguistic consultation for development of dictionary database of Nanbé Tewa and associated pedagogical materials. Nanbé Tewa Language Program, Nambe Pueblo, New Mexico, USA.


2009-2011: Project Assistant, development of Allophon database. With Joan Bybee. University of New Mexico, USA.




2014-2016: Department of Linguistics, University of New Mexico, USA
Teaching Assistant

  • Phonological Analysis (40h) Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
  • Introduction to the Study of Language (40h); Fall 2014



Thèses et mémoires

Easterday, S., 2017, "Highly complex syllable structure: a typological study of its phonological characteristics and development.", Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Linguistics, University of New Mexico

Communications avec actes édités

Easterday, S., Timm, J. & Maddieson, I., 2011, "The effects of phonological structure on the acoustic correlates of rhythm."17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Hong Kong, August 17-21, pp. 623-626

Séminaires invités

Easterday, S., 2019, "Phonotactic complexity in interaction with other systems of language structure: some crosslinguistic patterns", Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, January 16


Easterday, S., 2018, "Phonotactic complexity and morphology: a typological perspective", Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki, 17 December


Easterday, S., 2018, "A crosslinguistic test of two common phonological generalizations: Underrepresented languages yield some unexpected patterns", 16èmes Rencontres du Réseau Français de Phonologie, Paris, France, June 27-28


Easterday, S., 2018, "Syllable typology and syllable-based typologies: Findings from the extremes of phonotactic complexity", Representing Phonotactics, satellite workshop of 16th Conference of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, Lisbon, Portugal, June 19-23


Easterday, S., 2018, "Exploring high rates of consonant strengthening in South America and Mesoamerica", 13th High Desert Linguistics Society Conference, Albuquerque, USA, 9-11 November, 2018


Easterday, S., 2017, "The relationship between syllable structure complexity and vowel reduction processes.", 2nd Conference of Phonetics and Phonology in Europe (PaPE), Cologne, Germany, June 12-14


Easterday, S., 2017, "Highly complex syllable structure: a motivated and stable feature.", IPS Workshop on Abstraction, Diversity, and Speech Dynamics, Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany, May 3-5


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