Research Interests

Phonology, Morphology, Prosody, African Languages

Education

Ph.D. Linguistics, University of British Columbia, IP

M.A. Linguistics, University of Toronto, 2011.  Thesis:
Tone paradigms in Grassfields Bantu

B.A. Linguistics, Boston University, 2010. Work for Distinction: Tone of the Disyllabic Medumba Noun

“How many languages do you speak?”

• English (L1): Native speaking, writing, listening and reading.
• Romanian (L1): Native speaking, listening, very good writing and reading.
• Spanish: Basic speaking, listening, reading and writing.
• Nata (Research): Rudimentary speaking, listening, reading and writing.
• Swahili: Rudimentary speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Courses Currently Teaching

Handouts

Here are various handouts, slides, and problem sets I’ve created.

Fieldworkers guide to the Marantz

How Does Alignment work in OT?

(with Gambarage, J., Burton, S., Dunham, J., Guntly, E., Keupdjio, H., Lam, Z. W.-M., Osa-Gomez, A., Pulleyblank, D., Si, D., Yoshino, Y., and Déchaine, R.-M.) The Nata Documentation Project: An Overview. in Jason Kandybowicz and Harold Torrence (eds.) Africa’s Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches (Oxford University Press) to appear in 2017.

(with Gambarage, J., Lam, Z. W.-M., Pulleyblank, D.) Nominal and verbal tone in Nata: An allomorphy-based account. in Jason Kandybowicz and Harold Torrence (eds.) Africa’s Endangered Languages: Documentary and Theoretical Approaches (Oxford University Press) to appear in 2017.

Morphophonology and tone in Nata. UBC Linguistics Qualifying Papers 2 (2011-12) UBCWPL034. pp. 89-103.

Presentations

Tone alternation in the associative construction in Nata. Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 47). Berkely, CA. March 2016

(with Gambarage, J., Lam, Z. W.-M., Pulleyblank, D.) A Unified Account of Nominal and Verbal Tone in Nata . Annual Conference on African Linguistics
(ACAL 45). Lawrence, KS. April 2014.
Morpho-phonology and metrical structure in Nata. Presented at the 5th International Conference on Bantu Languages (Bantu5). Paris, Fr. June 2013.

(with Schwan, M.) Nuclear Consonants in Gitksan. Poster presented at the 2013 conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association (CLA). Victoria,
BC. June 2013

Course papers

Here are some non-publication quality materials I have written (mostly for phonology courses).

Labial dissimilation in Huave. University of British Columbia LING 510. May 2012.

Perceptual salience of Blackfoot syllabic /s/. University of British Columbia. April 2012.

A Contrastive Approach to Similarity: Evidence from Yucatec. University of Toronto LIN1224. April 2011.

Contour tones and Contrast in Chinese Languages Revisited. University of Toronto LIN1223. December 2010.

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