Paul D. Fallon, Assistant Professor of Linguistics, earned a Ph.D. (1998) and an M.A. from The Ohio State University, after receiving an M.S. and a B.S. in linguistics from Georgetown University. An abridged version of his dissertation, The Synchronic and Diachronic Phonology of Ejectives, was published by Routledge in 2002. An expert on the sound patterns of language, Dr. Fallon has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles or book chapters on a variety of languages (Greek, Georgian, Chechen, Blin, and others) in such publications as the proceedings of the World Congress of African Linguistics, the Annual Conference on African Linguistics, and the West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, as well as the International Journal of the Humanities. He also has contributed several articles to Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Edition.
One of Dr. Fallon’s research projects involves linguistic fieldwork with speakers of the Blin language in Eritrea (Horn of Africa) and focuses on the interaction between the rhythm of the language and the word-building component of the grammar. Another involves the creation of a dictionary database of his fieldnotes. Dr. Fallon was awarded a research grant in 2004 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support his work on Blin oral narratives and grammar.
Dr. Fallon has been a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation, acted as associate editor for The International Journal of the Humanities, and is on the advisory board of the Linguist List, the world’s largest online linguistic resource. He is a member of the Linguistic Society of America, the International Phonetic Association, the American Dialect Society, the Dictionary Society of North America, and Phi Beta Kappa.
Paul Fallon in the News
- Fallon Presents Findings at Afroasiatic ConferenceAssociate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon presented the paper "Are the Agaw languages Cushitic?: A lexical analysis" to the 44th North American Conference on Afroasiatic Linguistics (NACAL), held at the University of Texas, Austin on Feb. 13-14, 2016. His findings investigated the lexical innovations of the Cushitic language family,... Read more »
- Fallon Presents Research on Linguistic HistoryAssociate Professor of Linguistics Paul D. Fallon presented a paper titled "How the Cushitic languages came by their name" to the North American Association of the History of Linguistic Science (NAAHoLS) at its annual meeting held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 8-10. [...]... Read more »
- Fallon Publishes Research on African LanguagesPaul D. Fallon, Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, published his chapter “Coronal ejectives and EthioSemitic borrowing in Proto-Agaw” in the Selected Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, edited by Ruth Kramer, Elizabeth C. Zsiga, & One Tlale Boyer. Fallon’s paper examines... Read more »
- Paul D. Fallon Presents at Linguistics ConferencePaul D. Fallon, Associate Professor of Linguistics, presented a poster at the annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, held in Portland, Oregon, from Jan. 8-11, 2015. His poster, "The Qualitative Lexicostatistics of Central Cushitic (Agaw)" applied a new method to analyze the layers of vocabulary and EthioSemitic borrowings in... Read more »
- Fallon Serves as Pronouncer in Regional Spelling BeeDr. Paul D. Fallon, associate professor of linguistics, served as the pronouncer in the regional spelling bee sponsored by the Free Lance-Star on March 15, 2014 at the James Monroe High School, Fredericksburg. [...]... Read more »