I am interested in phonology, especially its interface with phonetics and morphology; sign language phonetics; derivational opacity; linguistic typology; ludlings (language games, like Pig Latin); constructed languages (like Esperanto and Klingon), especially their use as an educational tool; Polish and Slavic phonology; historical phonology; mathematical and statistical models of linguistic phenomena; and in general, the physical, biological, and cognitive factors that shape language.
I've most recently been working on the phonetics of more than two dozen sign languages, including American Sign Language, Italian Sign Language, Sri Lankan Sign Language, and Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language.
other courses taught:
Sanders, Nathan. 2017 (expected). A modular introduction to phonetics and phonology [tentative title]. Textbook contracted with Oxford University Press.
Sanders, Nathan, and Donna Jo Napoli. Accepted pending revisions. A cross-linguistic preference for torso stability in the lexicon: Evidence from 24 sign languages. Sign Language and Linguistics.
Sanders, Nathan. 2017. Constructed languages as a bridge to interdisciplinary teaching. Presentation in the Teaching Linguistics with Invented Languages organized session. The 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.
Sanders, Nathan, and Donna Jo Napoli. 2016 (in press). Signs of efficiency: Maintaining torso stability affects sign language vocabulary. Natural History 125(8). 28–32.
Sanders, Nathan. 2016. Constructed languages in the classroom. Language 92(3). e192–e204. [ Project MUSE ]
Sanders, Nathan, and Donna Jo Napoli. 2016. Reactive effort as a factor that shapes sign language lexicons. Language 92(2). 275–297. [ Project MUSE ]
Sanders, Nathan. 2016. nslxIPA. Unicode IPA keyboard layout and documentation. v1.0. [ website ]
Sanders, Nathan. 2015. Active and reactive effort in sign language phonetics. Invited talk for the Tri-Lo Linguistics Lecture Series at Swarthmore College. [ PDF (slides) ]
Sanders, Nathan. 2014. Active and reactive effort in sign language phonetics. Invited talk given at the University of Georgia. [superseded by Sanders 2015]
Sanders, Nathan. 2014. Gradient (dis)harmony: Hidden harmony and anti-harmony. Poster presented at Phonology 2014 (Annual Meetings on Phonology), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [ PDF (mini-paper) ] [ PDF (poster) ]
Napoli, Donna Jo, Nathan Sanders, and Rebecca Wright. 2014. On the linguistic effects of articulatory ease, with a focus on sign languages. Language 90(2). 424–456. [ Project MUSE ]
Sanders, Nathan. 2006/2014. OTtablx. LaTeX software package and documentation. v0.4. [ website ]