My primary research interests are in phonology and its interfaces with other components of grammar. I explore theoretical questions in these areas on the basis of original data and descriptive analyses of understudied African languages. I am especially interested in the tonal systems of Bantu languages, whose complex surface patterns show interactions of lexical, phonetic, phonological, morphological, and syntactic factors. Much of my research centers on a large-scale, on-going study of the tonal systems of Luyia, a Bantu language spoken in western Kenya and eastern Uganda with over twenty linguistic varieties.
Address: 220 Tate Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
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