Research Interests
  • Formal structure of Optimality Theory and Harmonic Serialism
  • Learning algorithms for generative linguistic theories
  • Computational tools for theoretical linguists


Prince, Alan, Natalie DelBusso, and Nazarré Merchant. 2016. A User's Quick Start Guide to OTWorkplace. ROA-1291.

Prince, Alan, Bruce Tesar, and Nazarré Merchant. 2016. OTWorkplace. Installer package. For documentation and updates see the OTWorkplace site.

Selected Works

Merchant, Nazarré and Alan Prince. To appear. The Mother of All Tableaux. Equinox Publishing. ROA-1285.

Merchant, Nazarré. 2016a. Dependency Trees. Rachel Schwell, Aliza Steurer, and Jennifer Franko Vasquez (eds.), Beyond Lecture: Techniques to Improve Student Proof-Writing Across the Curriculum. Mathematical Association of American Press.

Merchant, Nazarré. 2016b. Property Analysis and Stringency Hierarchies. Vancouver Phonology Circle. Simon Fraser University.

Merchant, Nazarré. 2016c. Recursive Join Learning Using Candidate Maps. MFM 24 Fringe Meeting on Computation and Learnability in Phonology. Manchester Phonology Meeting. University of Manchester.

Merchant, Nazarré and Natalie Delbusso. 2016. Aligning Categories: Joins and Properties. 2nd Workshop on the Formal Structure of OT Typologies. University of Verona, Italy.

Merchant, Nazarré and Jason Riggle2016. OT Grammars, Beyond Partial Orders: ERC Sets and Antimatroids. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 34:241. 

Merchant, Nazarré. 2015. Quantity Sensitivity and a Property Analysis. Workshop on the Formal Structure of OT Typologies. Rutgers University.

Merchant, Nazarré. 2014 Recursive Join Learning with Candidate Maps. Ms. Eckerd College.

Merchant, Nazarré2014 The Unitary Derivational Tree. Phonology 2014, MIT, Cambridge MA.

Merchant, Nazarré2013 Ordered Operations in Harmonic Serialism. Phonology 2013, UMass, Amherst, MA.

Merchant, Nazarré2012 Learning ranking information from unspecified overt forms using the join. Chicago Linguistic Society. ROA-1146.

Merchant, Nazarré2008 Discovering Underlying Forms: Contrast Pairs and Rankings. Ph.D. diss. Rutgers University. ROA-964.

Current Courses

None - on leave spring 2017

Various Courses Taught

Abstract Algebra, Topology, Mathematical Logic, Learnability and Linguistic Theory, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Calculus I, Calculus II

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