Andrew Wedel


Douglass Building, Room 303

About Andrew Wedel

Please visit for more about my work. The bulk of my research explores sources and ramifications for two opposing tendencies evident in language change: a tendency toward pattern-coherence, and a tendency to preserve semantically relevant contrasts. Computational simulation is my method of choice to explore the interactions of these factors in pattern formation in language. My work also integrates evidence from laboratory experiments and corpus data to investigate these issues.

Related News

  • Adam and Andy at University of Oregon

    Linguistics faculty members Adam Ussishkin and Andy Wedel visited the Department of Linguistics at the University of Oregon April 14-17. In a back-to-back double feature, each of them gave an hour-long colloquium presentation on April 15. Adam spoke... read more

  • Andy Wedel on the News

    Andy Wedel was on KGUN9 local news discussing new research that suggests that physical properties of the local environment can potentially shape the consonant inventories of languages over time. It's great to see linguistics in the news, and even... read more

Research Interests

Phonology, Self-Organization, Computational Phonology, Turkish