Rochelle Lieber

Program Coordinator, Linguistics

Phone: (603) 862-3964
Office: English, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 149P, Durham, NH 03824
Rochelle Lieber

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

  • ENGL 605: Intermediate Linguistic Analys
  • ENGL 606: Languages of the World
  • ENGL 752: History of English Language
  • ENGL 790: Special Topics in Linguistics
  • ENGL 794: Syntax
  • LING 695: Senior Honors

Selected Publications

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). 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. (2011). Semantics of Derivational Morphology. In Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning (pp. 2098-2119). Berlin, Germany: de Gruyter Mouton.

Lieber, R. (2010). On the lexical semantics of compounds. In Cross-Disciplinary Issues in Compounding (pp. 127-144). John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/cilt.311.11lie

Lieber, R. (2005). English Word-Formation Processes. In Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (pp. 375-427). Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/1-4020-3596-9_16

Lieber, R. (2004). Morphology and Lexical Semantics. Cambridge University Press. 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