Semantics of natural language; syntax; general linguistic theory; evolution of language; language and spatial cognition; consciousness; social cognition; music cognition
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.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
Swarthmore College, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Edward Sapir Professor, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute (2003 - 2004)
Jean Nicod Prize and lectures (2003 - 2004)
President, Linguistic Society of America (2003 - 2004)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2000 - 2001)
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2000 - 2001)
Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1999 - 2000)
Guggenheim Fellowship (1993)
President, Society for Philosophy and Psychology (1990 - 1991)
The Nijmegen Lectures, University of Nijmegen/Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (1989)
Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, Ben Gurion University (1988)
Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University (1983 - 1984)
Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Sophia University, Tokyo (1981)