Beth Levin (linguist)

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Beth Levin (/ləˈvn/; born 1955) is an American linguist who is currently the William H. Bonsall Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. from MIT in 1983 and then spent four years at the MIT Center for Cognitive Science, where she had major responsibility for the Lexicon Project. From 1987 to 1999 she was a professor in the Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University, serving as the Department chair from 1996-1999.[1] She joined the Stanford Department of Linguistics in September 1999 and served as the department chair there from 2003-2007 and 2010-2011. In 1999-2000 she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 2008 she was named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.[2][3] She was inducted as a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America in 2014.[4]

Her research investigates the lexical semantics of verbs, particularly the representation of events and the kind of morphosyntactic devices that English and other languages use to express events and their participants.

Key publications[edit]

Levin. B. and S. Pinker (eds.) (1992). Lexical and Conceptual Semantics. Blackwell.

Levin, B. (1993) English Verb Classes and Alternations: A Preliminary Investigation, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.

Levin, B. and M. Rappaport Hovav (1995) Unaccusativity: At the Syntax-Lexical Semantics Interface, Linguistic Inquiry Monograph 26, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

M. R. Hovav and B. Levin. (2001). "An event structure account of English resultatives." Language.

Levin, B. and M. Rappaport Hovav (2005) Argument Realization, Research Surveys in Linguistics Series, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Levin, B. (2015) Semantics and Pragmatics of Argument Alternations. Annual Review of Linguistics, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 63-83.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Beth Levin, Stanford University". Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  2. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship to Assist Research and Artistic Creation". Archived from the original on January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Stanford News: Honors and Awards". April 16, 2008. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  4. ^ "LSA Fellows by Year of Induction". Retrieved January 10, 2015.