• Vaux, B. & Samuels, B.D. (2018) ‘Abstract underlying representations in phonological theory.’ In D. Brentari & J. Lee (eds.), Shaping Phonology, 146-181. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


  • Samuels, B.D., ed. (2017) Beyond markedness in formal phonology. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2017) 'Vocalic shifts in Attic-Ionic Greek.' Papers in Historical Phonology 2: 88-115. doi: 10.2218/pihph.2.2017.1908
  • Samuels, B.D., Martins, P.T., & Boeckx, C. (2017) 'Linguistic knowledge by descent: an evolutionary approach to stress typology.' Journal of the Phonetic Society of Japan 21(1): 73-78. (Feature article for special issue, 'Excavating phonetic/phonological fossils in language: current trends in evolutionary linguistics')
  • Theofanopoulou, C., Gastaldon, S., O'Rourke, T., Samuels, B.D., Martins, P.T., Delogu, F., Alamri, S. and Boeckx, C. (2017) 'Self-domestication in Homo sapiens: Insights from comparative genomics.' PLoS ONE 12(10): e0185306. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185306  [Supersedes BioRXiv 125799, doi: 10.1101/125799]
  • Vaux, B. & Samuels, B.D. (2017) 'Consonant epenthesis and markedness.' In B.D. Samuels (ed.), Beyond markedness in formal phonology, 69-99. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.



  • Samuels, B.D. (2015) ‘Can a bird brain do phonology?Frontiers in Psychology 6: 1082. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01082
  • Samuels, B.D. (2015) ‘Biolinguistics in phonology: a prospectus.Phonological Studies 18: 161-171.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2015) ‘Stem-level vs. word-level effects: can a structural analysis succeed?’ Proceedings of NELS 45, vol. 3, 29-38.
  • Vaux, B. & Samuels, B.D. (2015) ‘Explaining vowel systems: Dispersion Theory vs. natural selection.’ The Linguistic Review 32(3): 573-599.


  • Samuels, B.D. (2014) ‘A tale of 2(nd position) clitics.’ In R.E. Santana-LaBarge (ed.), Proceedings of WCCFL 31, 381-390. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2014) ‘On the biological origins of linguistic identity.’ In K. Nasukawa & H. van Riemsdijk (eds.), Identity relations in grammar, 341-364. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2014) Review of A.C.L. Yu (ed.), The origins of sound change. Diachronica 31(2): 291-297.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2014) ‘Attic reversion.’ In G. Giannakis (ed.), Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language & Linguistics. Leiden: Brill.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2014) ‘Labiovelars.’ In G. Giannakis (ed.), Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language & Linguistics. Leiden: Brill.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2014) ‘Merger.’ In G. Giannakis (ed.), Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language & Linguistics. Leiden: Brill.


  • Lohndal, T. & Samuels, B.D. (2013) ‘Linearizing empty edges.’ In R. Folli, C. Sevdali, & R. Truswell (eds.), Syntax & its limits, 66-79. Oxford: OUP.
  • Samuels, B.D. & Narita, H. (2013) ‘Phasing out projection: considerations from the syntax-phonology interface. Linguistic Analysis 38(3-4): 357-391.


  • Samuels, B.D. (2012) ‘The emergence of phonological forms.’ In A.M. Di Sciullo (ed.), Towards a biolinguistic understanding of grammar: essays on interfaces, 193-213. Ams- terdam: John Benjamins.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2012) ‘Animal minds & the roots of human language.’ In C. Boeckx, M.C. Horno, & J.L. Mendívil (eds.), Language, from a biological point of view, 290- 313. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2012) ‘Consequences of phases for morphophonology.’ In Á.J. Gallego (ed.), Phases: developing the framework, 251-282. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.


  • Samuels, B.D. (2011) Phonological architecture: a biolinguistic perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2011) ‘A minimalist program for phonology.’ In C. Boeckx (ed.), The Oxford handbook of linguistic minimalism, 574-594. Oxford: OUP.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2011) Review of D. Embick, Localism vs. globalism in morphology & phonology. Journal of Linguistics 47(3): 714-719.



  • Samuels, B.D. (2009) The structure of phonological theory. PhD dissertation, Harvard University.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2009) ‘Structure & specification in harmony.’ Proceedings of NELS 38, vol. 2: 283-296.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2009) ‘On the Left Periphery in Anatolian.’ Linguistic Analysis 35: 275- 298.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2009) ‘The Third Factor in phonology.Biolinguistics 3(2-3): 355-382.
  • Vaux, B. & Samuels, B.D. (2005) ‘Laryngeal markedness & aspiration.’ Phonology 22(3): 395-436.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2007) ‘On Evolutionary Phonology.’ Review of J. Blevins, Evolutionary phonology. Biolinguistics 1: 118-122.
  • Samuels, B.D. (2006) Nothing to lose but their chains: rethinking vocalic chain shifting. A.B./A.M. thesis, Harvard University. Winner of the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize.
  • Director of Phonology for C. Maxwell (2006), The Spell It Right Dictionary (American English). London: Berlitz.
  • Director of Phonology for C. Maxwell (2005), The Dictionary of Perfect Spelling (British English). Edinburgh: Barrington Stoke.