Marjorie Pak

Marjorie Pak

Interim Program Director for Fall 2021
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Program in Linguistics
Senior Lecturer, Program in Linguistics

Director, Structured Independent Language Study Program (SILS)
Associated Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

Ph.D. in Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania, 2008

Office: Modern Languages Bldg., Rm 207
Phone: 404-727-8077

Prof. Pak received her B.A. in Comparative Literature (magna cum laude, 1994) from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania (2008), and taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Franklin and Marshall College before coming to Emory in 2008.

Prof. Pak's research interests are in syntactic theory, morphological theory, the syntax-phonology interface and word-level phonology. She has worked first-hand on the understudied languages Huave, Luganda and Logoori. Her recent research projects have focused on the analysis of grammatical tone in Logoori, negation with 'embracing' morphemes in Logoori and other languages, the acquisition of negative questions, and the English a~an alternation.

See Dr. Pak’s webpage ( for more information and links to her papers.


Curriculum Vitae (PDF format)

Courses taught

LING 190 / LING 498 Language & Linguistics in Sci-Fi
LING 201 Foundations of Linguistics
LING 212 Structure of Human Language: Morphology and Syntax
LING 214 Meaning in Human Language: Semantics and Pragmatics
LING 242 Languages of the World
LING 401 Language, Mind and Society
LING 485 Field Methods in Linguistics
LING 485 Negation in Human Language