I received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2015.
I also have a M.A. in Computational Linguistics from Brandeis University (2009) and a B.A. in Linguistics from Harvard (2007).

My specialty is phonology, morphology, and the morphology-phonology interface.
I also do experimental work in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics, and have additional interest in computational linguistics, historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics.

Download my academic CV: Shwayder.CV.Jan2017.pdf

Download my dissertation: Shwayder-WordsSubwords.pdf

Experimental Interests:

I am interested in the morphological processing of neurotypical and autistic brains. Some current studies I am working on involve looking at brain response and reaction time differences in, for example, repetition priming, words vs. non-words, switching speakers, and acoustically modified stimuli.
See The Embick Lab at Penn and Tim Roberts' lab at CHOP.

Theoretical Interests:

Morphosyntax–Phonology Interface

I am particularly interested in the relationship between morphosyntactic structure and phonological domains. My recent work has focused on the word level and what it means to be a word both morphosyntactically and phonologically. These two sides of the word (morphological and phonological) match up much of the time, but the interesting cases are when they do not.


Contextually Determined Affixation of Clitics (Submitted to Morphology)

‣ Words and Subwords: Phonology in a Piece-Based Syntactic Morphology (Dissertation, UPenn, defended April 2015)

            Supervisor: David Embick        Committee Members: Eugene Buckley and Rolf Noyer

‣ Morphosyntactic Structure of Phonological Words (Annual Meetings of Phonology 2014)

Morphophonological Structure and Variation

In joint work with the sociolinguists at Penn, I examine interesting cases where the structure of the morphology-phonology interface interacts with variation and variable-rule phonology.


Computational Modeling of Morphology and Phonology

I use my computational linguistics training by employing algorithmic thinking when approaching morphology and phonology. Sometimes this leads to explicit modeling of morphological or phonological processes.


‣ A theoretically informed morphological learner [poster] (MASC-SLL 2013; Joint work with H. Akiva Bacovcin) – also see code on Github

Native American Languages

Native American languages contain a wide range of morphological and phonological phenomena. As such, I find them to be an excellent testing ground for theories of morphology and phonology.


‣ Research Assistant for Kashaya Dictionary and Database Project, P.I. Eugene Buckley

‣ Against a split phonology of Michif (PWPL 20.1; Joint work with Hilary Prichard)