Carol Genetti

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Carol E. Genetti (born 1961) is an American linguist who is known for her research into Tibeto-Burman languages and languages of the Himalayans. Her work into Newar language is the first comprehensive grammar, focusing on the Dolakhae dialect. Her investigation into languages of the Indosphere has increased understanding of many typological features, including auxiliaries.[1]

Genetti earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1990 from the University of Oregon.[2] She is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.[3] As of 2013 she is also the Dean of the UCSB Graduate Division, where she served as Chair of the Department from 1999-2005.[4]

In 2008, she founded InField, an international training workshop in field linguistics and language documentation (Grenoble and Furbee: 262).[5][6][7] She served as Director of the first InField when it was hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara.[8] InField/CoLang has provided significant training/support for documentation of endangered languages worldwide.[9][10]

Awards and distinctions[edit]

  • 2011. Distinguished visiting fellow, the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.[11]
  • 2009. Inaugural Georg von der Gabelentz Award, Association for Linguistic Typology (for A Grammar of Dolakha Newar)[12]


  • 2014. How Languages Work: An Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Editor)
  • 2013. (with Rebekka Siemens). Training as Empowering Social Action: An Ethical Response to Language Endangerment. Language Death, Endangerment, Documentation, and Revitalization. ed. by Edith Moravcsik and Kathleen Wheatley. New York: John Benjamins.
  • 2013. Tense-Aspect Morphology from Nominalizers in Newar. Functional-Historical Approaches to Explanation, ed. by Tim Thornes, Erik Andvik, Gwendolyn Hyslop, and Joana Jansen. (Typological Studies in Language 103.) John Benjamins.
  • 2011. The Tapestry of Dolakha Newar: Chaining, Embedding, and the Complexity of Sentences. Linguistic Typology 15. 5-24.
  • 2008. Syntactic Aspects of Nominalization in Five Tibeto-Burman Languages of the Himalayan Area. With Ellen Bartee, A. R. Coupe, Kristine Hildebrandt, and You-Jing Lin. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 31.2. 97-144.
  • 2007. A Grammar of Dolakha Newar. (Mouton Grammar Library 40.) Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Carol Genetti Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  2. ^ "Alumni | Linguistics". Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  3. ^ "People | Department of Linguistics - UC Santa Barbara". Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  4. ^ "Prof. Carol Genetti appointed Dean | Department of Linguistics - UC Santa Barbara". Retrieved 2016-06-29.
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  7. ^ Grenoble, Lenore A., and N. Louanna Furbee, eds. Language documentation: practice and values. John Benjamins Publishing, 2010.
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  11. ^ "Cairns Institute Bulletin - Language and Culture Research Group" (PDF). Cairns Institute. March 2011.
  12. ^ "Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT)". Retrieved 2016-06-29.