Dr Toni Borowsky

Chair of Department
BA (Hons) Witw PhD Mass

+61 2 9351 3479
Room 228, Transient Building F12

Present Projects

  • Language games
  • Working with Peter Avery at York University, Toronto on Reversing Games and
  • Syllabification

Research Interests

  • All kinds of Theoretical Phonology including issues of lexical phonology
    in Optimality Theory.
  • The formalization of phonological variation in OT
  • Language acquisition



Borowsky, T 1991, Topics in the Lexical Phonology of English in Series: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics, Garland Press, New York

Edited books

Journal articles

  • Borowsky, T, Avery, P 2009, Dhochi: A Dholuo language game, Australian Journal of Linguistics, 29(2), 169-194
  • Borowsky, T 2000, Word-Faithfulness and the Direction of Assimilations, The Linguistic Review, 17(1)
  • Borowsky, T 2000, Some Consequences of Word-Faithfulness, University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers vol 24; Papers from the 25th Reunion, 24
  • Borowsky, T, Harvey, M 1999, The Minimal word in Warray, Australian Journal of Linguistics, 19(1)
  • Borowsky, T, Harvey, M 1997, Vowel Length in Warray and Weight Identity, Phonology, 14(2)
  • Borowsky, T 1989, Structure Preservation and the Syllable Coda in English, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 7(2)
  • Borowsky, T 1987, Antigemination in English Phonology, Linguistic Inquiry, 18(4)
  • Borowsky, T 1977, Linguistically Disclassed or Sociolinguistically Adept?, Perspectives in Education: Journal of the Faculty of Education of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2(1)

Book chapters

  • Borowsky, T 2010, Language disguise in OT: reversing and truncating, Indigenous language and social identity (Pacific Linguistics 626), Canberra, ACT
  • Borowksy, T 2001, The vocalisation of dark l in Australian English, English in Australia (VEAWG26), John Benjamins, Amsterdam
  • Borowsky, T, Horvath, B 1997, L vocalization in Australian English: the Adelaide study, Variation, Change and Phonological Theory, John Benjamins, Amsterdam
  • Borowsky, T 1995, Hausa Plurals, The Complete Linguist : Papers in Memory of Patrick Dickens, Rudiger, Koppe Verlag
  • Borowsky, T 1993, On the Word Level, Phonetics and Phonology vol 4: Studies in Lexical Phonology, Academic Press, USA
  • Borowsky, T 1982, Geminate Consonants in Luganda, Current Approaches to African Linguistics, Foris, The Netherlands

Conference Proceedings

  • Borowsky, T 1986, Syllable Codas in English and syllabification, Proceedings of the North Eastern Linguistics Society (NELS), 17
  • Borowsky, T 1985, Empty and Unspecified Segments, Proceedings of the West Coast Conference in Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), IV
  • Borowsky, T 1984, On Resyllabification in English, Proceedings of the West Coast Conference in Formal Linguistics (WCCFL), III
  • Borowsky, T, Ito, J, Mester, R-A 1983, The Formal Representation of Ambisyllabicity: Evidence from Danish, Proceedings of the North Eastern Linguistics Society (NELS), 14
  • Borowsky, T 1983, Glide Insertion in Luganda, Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistis Society (CLS), 19
  • Borowsky, T, Mester, R-A 1983, Aspiration to Roots: Remarks on the Sanskrit Diaspirates, Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistis Society (CLS) 19
  • Borowsky, T, Finer, D 1982, University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics (UMOP) 8, Amherst, MA.

Current Supervising Postgraduates

Tamara Schembri Topics in Maltese Phonology
Shelley Paget Hindi English