UGA Working Papers in Linguistics is an online, peer-reviewed journal published by the Linguistics Society at UGA that showcases current research by student and faculty linguists at UGA in annual issues and other special volumes. Though still in its early stages, the goal of this journal is to be a venue for quality, scholarly work in the field of linguistics, drawing readership from within and outside UGA. 



The Development of Proto-Oceanic *R in Kaiwa (Iwal)

Lackey, Trey

In a seminal text in the diachronic study of Oceanic languages, Malcolm Ross (1988:141,147) reports the sound change Proto-Oceanic *R > lk/_# in the language Kaiwa. A few lexical witnesses of this sound change are reported in that text, but otherwise it is not discussed in detail. Subsequent works that have mentioned Kaiwa have tended to implicitly reject the accuracy of this original claim or be ambivalent to it, but have continued to not address it in detail. This paper re-examines the literature discussing Kaiwa lexicon and phonology, provides some more apparent witnesses of this sound change, and ultimately concludes in favor of its historical veracity. The sound change is also discussed in the context of the wider history of Proto-Oceanic liquid phonemes in the Kaiwa lexicon, and we provide phonological motivation for the changes represented in this history.


Phonological patterns in BEG-raising

Stanley, Joseph A.

Prevelar raising, or the raising of /ɛ/ before voiced velars, has been treated as a sound change that applies uniformly across relevant lexical items. Using self-reported responses from 434 participants, this paper shows that prevelar raising is more likely to occur if the velar is word-final (begleg) or intervocalic (negativelegacy) while raising is significantly less likely to occur when the velar is followed by a sonorant (pregnantregulate), especially if that sonorant is a liquid (negligentsegregate). The set of words containing /ɛɡ/ is more heterogeneous than previously reported, suggesting that there are language-internal factors that must be controlled for when studying prevelar raising.


Call for Papers

We will soon open the call for manuscripts for the fifth volume of the UGA Working Papers in Linguistics, to be published in 2019. We extend a special invitation to those who present research in Colloquium, at Tiny Talks, or as qualifying papers to consider submitting their work. We also invite students and faculty in the Departments of Linguistics, Romance Languages, Germanic and Slavic Studies, Language and Literacy Education and other related fields to consider submitting thesis-related research, modified term papers, or any other papers that fit within the scope of the journal.

These manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by a team of anonymous reviewers with the goal of having as many non-UGA-affiliated reviewers as possible. In addition to being published online at, we hope to have physical editions of the final volume printed, bound, and donated to the UGA Main Library and the Department of Linguistics library as permanent contributions to our institution.

Submissions should adhere to the these style guidelines and should ideally be between 10 and 15 pages of body text. Contributors may submit electronic versions of their papers via email to