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Mark Aronoff

Mark Aronoff
Born January 1949
Montreal, Québec, Canada
Citizenship American
Nationality Canadian
Fields Linguistics
Institutions Stony Brook University
Alma mater M.I.T.
Thesis Word-Structure (1974)
Doctoral advisor Morris Halle
Known for
  • Word Formation in Generative Grammar (1976)
  • Morphology by Itself (1994)

Mark Aronoff ([1]), a native of Montreal, Quebec, is a morphologist and distinguished professor at Stony Brook University.[2] The editor of Language from 1995 to 2001 and president of the Linguistic Society of America in 2005, he has been elected a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[3]


  • Education and academic career 1
  • Books (selected) 2
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Education and academic career

Born and raised in Québec, Canada, Aronoff graduated from McGill University in 1969 with a B.A. in Linguistics, completing his Ph.D. in Linguistics at M.I.T. in 1974.[4]

Upon completing his Ph.D., Aronoff took a position as an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, which he has called “the only real job I have had in my life.”[5] Promoted to Full Professor a few years later, Aronoff served as Chair of the Department of Linguistics from 1980-1993.

In addition to his scholarly output and teaching, Aronoff has a strong commitment to professional service, within both his university and his field. From 1998 to 2010, he served in the administration of State University of New York as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. This overlapped with his tenure, from 1995 to 2001, as editor of Language (the journal of the Linguistic Society of America), as well as his term as president of the LSA in 2005.[6]

Books (selected)

  • Aronoff, Mark; Fudeman, Kirsten (2011). What is Morphology?. Wiley-Blackwell.  
  • Aronoff, Mark (1994). Morphology by Itself: Stems and Inflectional Classes. Boston: MIT Press.  
  • Aronoff, Mark (1976). Word Formation in Generative Grammar. Boston: MIT Press.  

Personal life

Aronoff is married to Donna Di Donato, a former assistant provost for undergraduate academic affairs at Stony Brook.[7] He has three children from a previous marriage.


  1. ^ Bauer, Laurie (2007). The Linguistic Student's Handbook. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.  
  2. ^ Mark Aronoff's Stony Brook Homepage
  3. ^ Mark Aronoff's Stony Brook Homepage
  4. ^ Mark Aronoff at Scholarpedia
  5. ^ SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Stony Brook University Professor Mark Aronoff to Distinguished Rank
  6. ^ Mark Aronoff's Stony Brook Homepage
  7. ^ "Donna Di Donato, Mark Aronoff". New York Times. June 9, 2013. 

External links

  • Mark Aronoff's Stony Brook Homepage
  • , Aronoff's doctoral thesisWord-Structure
  • , vol. 7, n. 12, 2009.ReVELMorphology: an interview with Mark Aronoff.
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