Edward L Keenan, PhD Linguistics

Title: Linguist, Educator
Company: University of California, Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Edward L Keenan, PhD, Linguist and Educator at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematical and formal linguistics.

Dr. Keenan has taught at a number of institutions, focusing his career first on formal linguistics and his later work on mathematical linguistics. His first work was in linguistic syntactic typology, and he was one of the few in-field linguistics and mathematical linguistics practitioners. These institutions include the University of Michigan, the University of Utrecht, the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Antananarivo, the University of Lisbon, King’s College and several other international universities. The highlight of Mr. Keenan’s career was the year he spent in Madagascar between 1969 and 1970, which for him was a deeply human year. He discovered some linguistically interesting facts about the language that had endured. Furthermore, the work on syntactic typology and then the work on the conservativity constraint on natural language quantification were also highlights. In his career, he has received grants from the Binational Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation. In 2015, he earned the S.-Y. Kuroda Prize from the Mathematics of Language.

In his own academic pursuits, Dr. Keenan first earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and religion at Swarthmore College in 1959. He subsequently received a diploma in literature and a certification in French literature at the University of Paris from 1960 to 1961, respectively. He continued at George Washington University, earning a Master of Arts in linguistics and then at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a PhD in linguistics in 1969. He has co-authored many books with Larry Moss and his own recently single-authored book Eliminating the Universe.  Throughout his career, he has maintained membership with the Linguistic Society of America, the Association for the Foundations of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences among many other organizations. Dr. Keenan is also inspired by his wife, Dr. Carol Archie, who does a lot of work with the Venice Family Clinic. In his retirement, he enjoys spending time with his family, including the newest member, his granddaughter Rilke.

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