Marjorie Pak

Marjorie Pak

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 has 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, phonological theory, syntax-phonology interface and word formation and word-level phonology. One of her recent projects looks at whether English a~an (and similar alternations) should be analyzed as morphological (allomorphic) or phonological, and what the implications are for models of the grammar. Another project looks at the syntax and semantics of how and why questions.

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


Curriculum Vitae (PDF format)

Courses taught

LING 190 / LING 242 Languages of the World
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 340 Language Variation and Change
LING 401 Language, Mind and Society
LING 485 Field Methods in Linguistics