Bert is currently Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He previously taught for nine years at Harvard, where he created and taught two of the ten largest courses in the university and was selected as one of its ten best professors for each of his last six years. Specializing in phonological theory, dialectology, field methodology, and languages of the Caucasus, his most recent large-scale project is the Harvard Survey of North American Dialects. He is also Editor of the book series Oxford Surveys in Generative Phonology and the journal Annual of Armenian Linguistics.
Professor of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, University of Wisconsin, 2003- Asst. and Assoc. Professor of Linguistics, Harvard University, 1994-2003 PhD, Harvard University, 1994
- The Phonology of Armenian.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998.
- Introduction to Linguistic Field Methods. Munich: Lincom Europa, 1999.
- "Syllabification in Armenian, Universal Grammar, and the Lexicon," Linguistic Inquiry 34.1, 2003.
- "Feature Spreading and the Representation of Place of Articulation," Linguistic Inquiry 31, 2000.
- "The Laryngeal Specifications of Fricatives," Linguistic Inquiry 29.3, 1998.
- "The Status of ATR in Feature Geometry," Linguistic Inquiry 27, 1996.