Bert Vaux

Bert Vaux
Born (1968-11-19) November 19, 1968
Houston, Texas
Residence Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Fields Linguistics
Institutions Harvard University
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
University of Cambridge
Alma mater University of Chicago
Harvard University
Known for Vaux's Law

Bert Vaux (born November 19, 1968, Houston, Texas; VAWKS [1]) teaches phonology and morphology at the University of Cambridge. Previously, he taught for nine years at Harvard and three years at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Vaux specializes in phonological theory, dialectology, field methodology, and languages of the Caucasus. Vaux was editor of the journal Annual of Armenian Linguistics from 2001 to 2006 and is co-editor of the book series Oxford Surveys in Generative Phonology.

Professional history

Vaux's Law (as labelled by Avery & Idsardi 2001, Iverson & Salmons 2003), which he first formulated in a 1998 article in Linguistic Inquiry, states that laryngeally unspecified—i.e. voiceless--fricatives become [GW]/[sg] in systems contrasting fricatives without reference to [GW]/[sg]; thus they are to be aspirated or, more technically, to be pronounced with a spread glottis.[2][3][4][5][6]

Selected publications

Publications mentioning Vaux's Law

Notable press

Vaux is frequently consulted by the press for linguistic articles. For example, in 2004 he discussed product names that contain place names, such as Coney Island hot dogs.[10] In 2005 he was interviewed in USA Today regarding the differences in regions of the United States about whether to call carbonated soft drinks "soda", or "pop", or "coke".[11] In 20022003 his survey to create a linguistics map for the United States was mentioned in the press.[12] In 2005 the San Francisco Chronicle mentioned his research about how musician vocabulary affects vocabulary at large.[13]


  1. Personal communication, May 19, 2016
  2. Avery, Peter and William J. Idsardi (2001) "Laryngeal dimensions, completion and enhancement," in T. Alan Hall, ed., Distinctive Feature Theory, 41-70. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter Inc.
  3. Iverson, Gregory K. & Joseph C. Salmons (2003). "Laryngeal enhancement in early Germanic," Phonology 20, 43-74.
  4. Krämer, Martin (2004)"Affricates and the phonetic implementation of laryngeal contrast in Italian Archived March 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.," in the 26 Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, Mainz, February 25–27.
  5. van Oostendorp, Marc (2007) "An Exception to Final Devoicing," in van der Torre, Erik Jan & Jeroen van de Weijer, eds., Voicing in Dutch. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  6. Vaux, Bert (1998) "The Laryngeal Specifications of Fricatives," Linguistic Inquiry 29.3, 497-511.
  8. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  10. Linguistics prof knows his names The Detroit News, June 6, 2004
  11. Pop, soda or Coke? Internet voters seek to settle debate AP, USA Today, 2005
  12. Dialects thriving, Internet survey finds by Robert S. Boyd, Knight Ridder News Service, Philadelphia Inquirer, December 25, 2002
  13. LANGUAGE: A little South out West by Leslie Guttman, The San Francisco Chronicle, March 13, 2005

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