John H.G. Scott



Thanks to the U.S. Navy, I was born in Bermuda (U.S. citizenship) and lived in Rhode Island and Alaska's Aleutian Islands before spending most of my childhood in Washington's Puget Sound area.  I grew up frequently hiking and camping in the Olympic and Cascade mountains.  The summer after graduating high school, I visited Germany for the first time with a GAPP program in Tuttlingen, Baden-Württemberg.  My college years were spent mostly in Seattle, except for a year studying abroad in Freiburg, also in Baden-Württemberg.  I spent several years in Seattle after graduation, and then moved to Bloomington, Indiana for graduate school.  Since then, I have spent time studying and working abroad in Reykjavik, Iceland as well as Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg.  I currently live in Bloomington, Indiana.  For more information and my CV, please see my homepage.


  • BA Linguistics (Minor: Music), University of Washington, Seattle, 2001
  • BA German Language & Literature (Minor: History), University of Washington, Seattle, 2001
  • MA Germanic Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2008
  • Ph.D. candidate: Second Language Studies (Minors: Germanic Studies, Linguistics).
    Indiana University, Bloomington.  Admitted to Candidacy, Fall 2013



  • GER 101 Introductory German I
  • GER 102 Introductory German II
  • GER 200 Intermediate German I
  • FYS 110 Can You Hear Me Now? (Mis)communication from Neurons to Nations

Research interests / portfolio

  • Second language (L2) acquisition (phonology/phonotactics, lexicon)
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Historical Germanic linguistics
  • Synchronic phonology (segments, syllables, and tone)
  • Constructed/artificial languages
  • Language attitudes, linguistic communication, and literacy in culture and policy


  • Darcy, I., Dekydtspotter , L., Sprouse, R. A., Glover, J., Kaden, C., McGuire, M., & Scott, J. H. G. (2012). Direct mapping of acoustics to phonology: On the lexical encoding of front rounded vowels in L1 English–L2 French acquisition. Second Language Research, 28, 5–40.
  • Hall, T. A., & Scott, J. H. G. (2007). Inflectional paradigms have a base: Evidence from s-dissimilation in Southern German dialects. Morphology, 17, 151–178.
  • Scott, J. H. G. (2001). German Particle-Complement Verbs in Modern Morphological and Syntactic Theory: Countering the ‘Separable-Prefix’ Misnomer. University of Washington Working Papers in Linguistics, 20, 99–117.
  • Scott, J. H. G. (2014). Review of the book The Cambridge handbook of second language acquisition, by J. Herschensohn & M. Young-Scholten (Eds.). Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 36, 169–171.
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