Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Volen National Center for Complex Systems


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Field of Specialty

Semantics of natural language; syntax; general linguistic theory; evolution of language; language and spatial cognition; consciousness; social cognition; music cognition

Contact Information


Ray S Jackendoff

Professor Jackendoff teaches courses in linguistic theory and cognitive science, focusing on the relationship between the human language capacity and the character of the human mind.


Jackendoff,Ray S with Adele Goldberg. "The English resultative as a family of constructions." Language 80. (2004): 532-567.

Jackendoff,Ray S with Jila Ghomeshi, Nicole Rosen and Kevin Russell. "Contrastive Focus Reduplication in English (The Salad-Salad Paper)." Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 22. (2004): 307-357.

Jackendoff,Ray S with Steven Pinker. "The faculty of language: What's special about it?." Cognition 95. (2004): 201-236.

Jackendoff,Ray S. "Precis of Foundations of Language (appeared with 20 peer commentaries)." Behavioral and Bran Sciences 26. (2004): 651-665.

Jackendoff,Ray S. "Toward better mutual understanding (response to commentaries on previous article)." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26. (2004): 695-707.

Romanian Music for Clarinet and Piano. Jackendoff,Ray S. Bucharest: Editura Muzicala, 2002.

Jackendoff,Ray S. Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution. Oxford University Press, 2002.

Jackendoff,Ray S. The Architecture of the Language Faculty. MIT Press, 1997.

Jackendoff,Ray S. Patterns in the Mind: Language and Human Nature. Basic Books, 1994.

Jackendoff,Ray S. Languages of the Mind: Essays on Mental Representation. MIT/Bradford Press, 1992.

Jackendoff,Ray S. Semantic Structures. MIT Press, 1990.

Jackendoff,Ray S. Consciousness and Computational Mind. MIT Press, 1987.

Jackendoff,Ray S. Semantics and Cognition. MIT Press, 1983.

Jackendoff,Ray S, co-authored with Fred Lerdahl. A Generative Theory of Tonal Music. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1982.