Volen National Center for Complex Systems, 215
DegreesMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
Swarthmore College, B.A.
ExpertiseSemantics of natural language; syntax; general linguistic theory; evolution of language; language and spatial cognition; consciousness; social cognition; music cognition
ProfileProfessor 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.
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)
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.