Martha Ratliff

Martha Ratliff

Professor Emerita

Martha Ratliff

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • ┬áMartha Ratliff is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her primary research has been on the description and history of languages of the Hmong-Mien family, but she also studies language contact and change in Asia, and tone languages worldwide. Hmong-Mien Language History (Pacific Linguistics 2010) contains a new reconstruction of Proto Hmong-Mien. She is also author of Meaningful Tone (Northern Illinois University Press 2010), and with Paul Newman edited Linguistic Fieldwork (Cambridge University Press 2001). She is a co-founder of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society.


  • Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Chicago, 1986
  • M.A.T., English Education, University of Chicago, 1970
  • B.A., English, Carleton College, 1968

Currently teaching

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Courses taught

Introduction to Linguistic Theory ENG/LIN 5700 3 cr. W16
Advanced Studies in Linguistic Structure: Historical Linguistics ENG/LIN 7710 3 cr. F16
Languages of the World ENG/LIN 2730 3 cr. F16
Phonology ENG/LIN 5290 3 cr. W16