Larry M. Hyman (born September 26, 1947 in Los Angeles) is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a specialist in phonology, and has particular interest in African languages. He received his B.S., M.A, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles.
He has received numerous grants for his research, mostly from the National Science Foundation, and has won several awards, both within and beyond the University. He has published many papers and contributed to many books. He was the President of the Linguistic Society of America in 2017 and delivered his presidential address on "What tone teaches us about language".
Hyman is editor or on the editorial board of many journals in his field, including Linguistic Inquiry, Journal of African Languages & Linguistics, Language, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Lingua Descriptive Series, Phonology (Yearbook), Linguistic Typology and Africana Linguistica (Musée royal de l'Afrique central).
He has been Chair, Editorial Board, University of California Publications in Linguistics since 1999.
He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, many chapters in academic books, and numerous conference talks.
- Phi Beta Kappa, graduated summa cum laude, June 1969
- UCLA Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in the Humanities, 1972
- Miller Fellowship, University of California Berkeley, 1973-1975
- John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 1979
- Albert S. Raubenheimer Distinguished Faculty Award, University of Southern California, 1987
- Chancellor's Professor, UC Berkeley, 1996-1999
- Distinguished Service Award, Social Sciences Division, UC
- Elected Fellow, Linguistic Society of America, January 2007
- "Why describe African languages?" In A. Akinlabi & O. Adesola (eds.) Proceedings of the 4th World Congress of African Linguistics, New Brunswick 2003, 21-42. Cologne: Ruediger Köppe Verlag, 2005.
- "The word in Luganda." In F.K. Erhard Voeltz (ed.), Studies in African linguistic typology, 171-193. John Benjamins (with Francis Katamba), 2005.
- "Word-prosodic typology". Phonology 23.225-257, 2006.
- John P. Daly & L. M. Hyman. On the representation of tone in Peñoles Mixtec. International Journal of American Linguistics 73.165-208, 2007.
- "Where's phonology in typology?" Linguistic Typology 11.265-271, 2007.
- "Niger-Congo verb extensions: Overview and discussion". In Doris L. Payne and Jaime Peña (eds), Selected Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference on African Linguistic, 149-163. Sommerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, 2007.
- "Elicitation as experimental phonology: Thlantlang Lai tonology". In Maria-Josep Solé, Pam Beddor & Manjari Ohala (eds), Experimental Approaches to Phonology in Honor of John J. Ohala, 7-24. Oxford University Press, 2007.
- "Is there a right-to-left bias in vowel harmony?" In John R. Rennison, Friedrich Neubarth & Markus A. Pochtrager (eds), Phonologica 2002 (working title). Berlin: Mouton, in press.
- "Directional asymmetries in the morphology and phonology of words, with special reference to Bantu." To appear in Linguistics 46.2 (2008).
- "Universals in phonology". To appear in The Linguistic Review, 2008.
- "Focus in Aghem". To appear in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Structure, Potsdam, June 6-8, 2006 (with Maria Polinsky).