Jeri J. Jaeger

Jeri Jaeger.

Professor Emeritus


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley


Phonetics, Phonology, Psycholinguistics, Neurolinguistics, and Language Acquisition


Jeri J. Jaeger, Associate Professor of Linguistics, received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. She taught at the Australian National University, U.C. Berkeley, and U.C. Davis before coming to The University at Buffalo. Her research areas include phonetics, phonology, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics.

Her current neurolinguistics research focuses on localization of linguistic function and sex differences; recent publications include "A positron emission tomographic study of regular and irregular verb morphology in English" (Language 1996) and "Sex differences in brain regions activated by grammatical and reading tasks" (Neuroreport 1998). Her language acquisition research focuses on slips of the tongue made by very young children; she is currently completing a book, Kids' Slips (L. Earlbaum Assoc.), in which she documents that the early pattern of slips of the tongue is an important window to the acquisition of linguistic representations and processes. (See 'Not by the chair of my hinney hin hin: some general properties of slips of the tongue in young children' Journal of Child Language 1992), and 'Phonetic features in young children's slips of the tongue' (Language and Speech, 1992). A recent psychophonological publication is 'Speech errors and the representation of tone in Mandarin Chinese' (Phonology 1998), with I-Ping Wan. She is co-editor with John Ohala of Experimental Phonology (Academic Press, 1986). She is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Linguistics Department, and Co-Chair of the Linguistic Society of America's Committee for the Status of Women in Linguistics. She is also active in the U.B. Center for Cognitive Science, and directed the Cross-Linguistic Slips of the Tongue Research Group.