Rochelle Lieber

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Office: English, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 149P, Durham, NH 03824

Rochelle Lieber is a theoretical linguist specializing in morphology, the mental lexicon, and the structure of English. She has taught in the English Department of the University of New Hampshire since 1981, serving as Chair from 1997-2003 and as Coordinator of Linguistics from 2006-present. She has been the recipient of a UNH Teaching Excellence Award (1990), the Lindberg Award for the outstanding scholar/teacher in the College of Liberal Arts (2013), and the Linguistic Society of America's Bloomfield Award for best book in Linguistics (2014) for the Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology (co-authored with L. Bauer and I. Plag). She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Morphology.


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • A.B., Vassar College

Research Interests

  • English Language/Literature
  • History and structure of the English language
  • Linguistic theory
  • Morphology

Courses Taught

  • 605: Intermediate Linguistic Analys
  • 752/852: History of English Language
  • ENGL 752/852: History of English Language
  • ENGL/LING 605: Intermediate Linguistic Analys
  • ENGL/LING 606: Languages of the World
  • ENGL/LING 718/818/718: Morphology
  • ENGL/LING 790/890/790: Special Topics in Linguistics
  • ENGL/LING 794/894/794: Syntax
  • LING 695: Senior Honors

Selected Publications

Andreou, M., & Lieber, R. (2020). Aspectual and quantificational properties of deverbal conversion and -ingnominalizations: the power of context. ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS, 24(2), 333-363. doi:10.1017/S1360674319000108

Lieber, R., & Andreou, M. (2018). Aspect and modality in the interpretation of deverbal -er nominals in English. MORPHOLOGY, 28(2), 187-217. doi:10.1007/s11525-018-9321-7

Lieber, R. (2016). On the interplay of facts and theory. In Morphological Metatheory (Vol. 229, pp. 513-536). doi:10.1075/la.229.17lie

Lieber, R. (2016). English Nouns, The Ecology of Nominalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lieber, R. (2015). The semantics of transposition. MORPHOLOGY, 25(4), 353-369. doi:10.1007/s11525-015-9261-4

Lieber, R. (2005). English Word-Formation Processes. In Handbook of Word-Formation (Vol. 64, pp. 375-427). doi:10.1007/1-4020-3596-9_16

Lieber, R. (2001). Morphology and Lexical Semantics. doi:10.1017/cbo9780511486296

Baayen, R. H., Lieber, R., & Schreuder, R. (1997). The morphological complexity of simplex nouns. LINGUISTICS, 35(5), 861-877. doi:10.1515/ling.1997.35.5.861

BAAYEN, H., & LIEBER, R. (1991). PRODUCTIVITY AND ENGLISH DERIVATION - A CORPUS-BASED STUDY. LINGUISTICS, 29(5), 801-843. doi:10.1515/ling.1991.29.5.801


Most Cited Publications