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Eric Pederson

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3900
  • Office: 375 Straub Hall
  • Office Hours: Winter: 1:00-3:00 Thursday & by appointment
  • Affiliated Departments: American English Institute
  • Interests: Semantic typology, gesture, psycholinguistics, Dravidian linguistics
  • Curriculum Vitae



Specializations: Psycholinguistics, semantics, typology, anthropological linguistics, Dravidian languages

Ph.D. (Linguistics): University of California, Berkeley, 1991

Please note that as of July 2012, I am no longer the department head of Linguistics and the AEI. For Linguistics concerns, please contact Scott DeLancey ( and for AEI concerns, please contact Doris Payne (

E-mail: epederso AT uoregon DOT edu (no n in epederso)

Office Hours: Fall 2013 Mondays 14:00-15:00; Tuesdays 9:00-10:00; by appointment otherwise










Pederson, E. 2013. “The Kurumba Languages” in Encyclopedia of the Nilgiri Hills, Vol 1. Paul Hockings, ed. New Delhi: Manohar Books; Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Pederson, E. 2012. The expression of space across languages. In: C. Maienborn & K. von Heusinger & P. Portner (eds.). Semantics. An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning. Vol. 3. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2608-2624.

Bohnemeyer, J. and E. Pederson, eds. 2011. Event Representation in Language and Cognition. In the series “Language, Culture, and Cognition”. Cambridge University Press.

Pederson, E. and Guion-Anderson S.G. 2010. “Orienting attention during phonetic training facilitates learning.” Journal of the Acoustic Society of America 127 (2): 1-6. Refereed

Pederson, E. 2010. “Linguistic Relativity” in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis. Bernd Heine and Heiko Narrog, eds. Oxford University Press: 733-752.

Lautenschütz, A-K, C. Davies, M. Raubal, A. Schwering, & E. Pederson. 2008. “The Influence of Scale, Context and Spatial Preposition in Linguistic Topology”. In Th. Barkowsky et al., eds. Spatial Cognition V: Reasoning, Action, Interaction. Berlin: Springer-Verlag: 439-452. Refereed

Guion, S.G. & Pederson, E. 2007. “Investigating the role of attention in phonetic learning”. In Festschrift for James E. Flege. O.-S. Bohn and M. Munro, eds. Benjamins. Refereed

Pederson, E. 2006. “Tamil spatial language.” In S. Levinson and D. Wilkins, eds. The grammars of space: 400-436. Cambridge University Press. Refereed

Pederson, E. 2003. “How many reference frames?” in C. Freksa et al., eds. Spatial Cognition 3: 287-304. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. Refereed

Pederson, E. 2003. “Mirror-image discrimination among nonliterate, monoliterate, and biliterate Tamil speakers.” Written Language and Literacy. 6(1): 71-91. Refereed

Davies, C. and E. Pederson. 2001. “Grid patterns and cultural expectations in urban wayfinding” In Daniel R. Montello, ed. Spatial Information Theory: 400-414. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. Refereed.

Danziger, E. and E. Pederson. 1998. “Through the Looking Glass: Literacy, writing systems and mirror image discrimination.” Written Language and Literacy 1(2): 153-164. Refereed.

Pederson, E., E. Danziger, S. Levinson, S. Kita, G. Senft, and D. Wilkins. 1998. “Semantic typology and spatial conceptualization.” Language 74(3): 557-589. Refereed.

Nuyts, J. and E. Pederson, eds. 1997. Language and conceptualization. Cambridge University Press. Refereed

Pederson, E. 1995. “Language as context, language as means: Spatial cognition and habitual language use.” Cognitive Linguistics 6(1): 33-62. Refereed.

Pederson, E. 1993. “Geographic and manipulable space in two Tamil linguistic systems.” In Andrew U. Frank and Irene Campari, eds.. Spatial Information Theory: 294-311. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. Refereed.



Ph.D.     (Linguistics)      University of California, Berkeley, November 1991

Thesis: “Subtle semantics: Universals in the polysemy of reflexive and causative constructions.”
(with E. Sweetser, G. Lakoff, D. Slobin)

M.A.      (Linguistics)      University of California, Berkeley, December 1985

Thesis: “Intensive and expressive language in White Hmong (Hmoob dawb).” (with J. Matisoff)

B.A.       (Linguistics)      University of California, Berkeley, June 1982