Andrea Sims

Andrea Sims

Andrea Sims

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, and Honors Undergraduate Advisor

314 Oxley Hall
1712 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH

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For honors advising, Slavic 4597 (Spring 2021):
Mondays 10a-12n
Thursdays 3-5p

Office hours will be held on Zoom this semester.
Honors Ling major/minors: I sent the Zoom link by email at the beginning of the semester.
Students in my courses: the Zoom link is on the syllabus.
Anyone else (or if you misplaced it): email me and I'll send the link.

Areas of Expertise

  • Morphology
  • Emergent properties of inflectional systems
  • Structure of the lexicon
  • Quantitative approaches to corpus data
  • South Slavic linguistics, Russian linguistics


  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2006-08
  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 2006
  • M.A. in Russian Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 2003
  • M.A. in Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 2001
  • A.B. in Anthropology, The University of Chicago, 1999

I am fascinated by all aspects of morphological systems and investigate them from synchronic, diachronic, and typological perspective.

When morphology develops out of phonology or syntax, a frequent hallmark of this change is the splintering of a single, broad generalization into a series of more fragmentary and morpholexically-specific generalizations. The resulting 'idiosyncracies', far from being exceptions, have the potential to tell us how lexical distributions shape the emergence, evolution, reinforcement, and generalization of morphological structures. I use a variety of methods to explore these issues, including quantitative corpus methods, computational modeling (in collaboration with colleagues), and classic linguistic description. Reflecting a 'morphocentric' perspective, I tend to engage with aspects of morphological structure that cannot be reduced to phonology or syntax. 

I have worked on inflection class structure (e.g. using information theory and graph theory); inflectional defectiveness (paradigmatic gaps), syncretism, and other form-meaning mismatches; the morphological structure of the lexicon; derivational affix combinability restrictions; and cross-linguistic differences in morphological organization. I work mostly on Croatian (Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin) and Russian, and sometimes other languages.

For more information, see the Dynamics of Morphological Systems page. Papers can be downloaded from my page or page. R scripts for graph-theoretic investigation of inflectional systems can be downloaded from my github page.

Current graduate advisees: Sara Court, Noah Diewald, Martha Booker Johnson, David King, Connor Rouillier

Joint appointment with the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
Affiliated with the Buckeye Language Network, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Computational Social Sciences Community of Practice

Co-Editor of Word Structure
Organizing Committee Chair, 5th American International Morphology Meeting

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