Faculty & Staff

Cecil H. Brown - Retired

Ph.D., Tulane, 1971; Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus

Professor Brown has research interests in linguistic anthropology, ethnobiology, and historical-comparative linguistics. His recent work focuses on paleoethnobotany, cross-language lexical comparison, and the prehistory of languages of Mesoamerica. He is a co-founder and active member of ASJP (Automated Similarity Judgment Program), an international consortium whose goal is to provide computerized lexicostatistical analysis of all of the world’s languages. Now retired from teaching, Professor Brown consults with students on a by appointment only basis.

Selected Publications

Development of Agriculture in Prehistoric Mesoamerica: The Linguistic Evidence. In J.E. Staller and M. Carrasco (eds.), Pre-Columbian Foodways: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food, Culture, and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica. Springer-Verlag, New York, 2010 (Cecil H. Brown).

Automated Classification of the World's Languages: A Description of the Method and Preliminary results. STUF – Language Typology and Universals 61.4: 285-308, 2008. [PDF] (Cecil H. Brown, Eric W. Holman, Søren Wichmann, and Viveka Velupillai).

Prehistoric Chronology of the Common Bean in the New World: The Linguistic Evidence. American Anthropologist 108:507-516, 2006 (Cecil H. Brown).

Glottochronology and the Chronology of Maize in the Americas. In Histories of Maize: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Prehistory, Biogeography, Domestication, and Evolutions of Maize, eds. J.E. Staller, R.H. Tykot, and B.F. Benz, pp. . San Diego: Elsevie, 2006 (Cecil H. Brown).

Proto-Mayan Syllable Nuclei. International Journal of American Linguistics 70:128-186, 2004 (Cecil H. Brown and Søren Wichmann).

Lexical Acculturation in Native American Languages. Oxford University Press, 1999.