Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Linguistics and Philosophy

Samuel Jay Keyser

Samuel Jay Keyser is Peter de Florez Emeritus Professor at MIT and an emeritus member of the Linguistics and Philosophy faculty. He is currently special assistant to the Chancellor at MIT.

Samuel Jay Keyser
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 253-1917
Fax: (617) 253-5017

Secretary (and Editorial Assistant) for
Linguistic Inquiry
Blossom Hoag

Jay's latest poem .

Current research includes argument structure in lexical theory, the theory of enhancement in phonological theory and the theory of poetic meter.

Trip Ledger

1995 trip: 18-day safari in Tanzania
1997 trip: Three weeks in Tuscany and Venice
1998 trip: 14-day trip to Malawi and Zambia
1998 trip: 13-day safari in Kenya
2000 trip: 13-day trip to Sicily and some Mediterranean Islands

Here are some excerpts from The Reluctant Traveler: From Meru to Mara., a journal of the Kenya safari, with photographs by Nancy Kelly.

Here is one of Nancy's photographs.

Here is an Atlantic Monthly excerpt, Faint of Heart in the Heart of Darkness, from a journal of the Malawi/Zambia safari in 1998. Nancy's photographs, which appear in the original article, are not reproduced here.

The Mediterranean in Ruins is an account of a trip to Sicily, Lipari, Sardinia and Corsica, the last three on the Barquentine "Lily Marleen." For a selection of Nancy's photographs go to the MIT Alumni Travel Association.

See the Pyramids Along the Nile is an account of a trip to Egypt with Nancy's photographs included. It is a PDF file. If you click on it, you will download it onto your own desktop. This is a relatively large file. It takes about three minutes to download over a DSL connection. It will take much longer (20 minutes) with a 56K modem. Finally, to open it you will need an Acrobat Reader. If you do not have one, you can download one from "".



Last modified: December 12, 2001 --Samuel Jay Keyser