Research Interests

Syntactic theories,  Syntax-information structure interface, Syntax-pragmatics interface, African languages.

Currently, I am working on my dissertation which explores the different types of A-bar movement in Medumba such as content questions (wh-questions), relative clauses, focus constructions and topicalization. In this project, I investigate the different properties of A-bar movement such as A-bar agreement and resumption as well as their formal mechanisms.

Education

In 2009, I graduated from the University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon with a bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Studies (English-French). In 2011, I received my master’s degree in Linguistics from the same University. My Master’s thesis (Keupdjio 2011) focused on wh-movement and clause structure in Medumba, a Grassfields Bamileke Bantu language spoken in southwestern Cameroon.

Languages

  • French (Native)
  • Medumba (Native)
  • Nda’nda’ (Native)
  • English (L2/L4?)
  • Swahili (Beginner)
  • German (Basic)
  • Nata (Research)

When I am not doing linguistics

In my free time, I am either cooking some African culinary delights, swimming or practicing kickboxing

Courses Currently Teaching

TEACHING ASSISTANT

University of British Columbia

Fall 2016             LING 300 Studies in Grammar. Taught by Martina Wiltschko.

Summer 2016      LING 101 Languages of the world. Taught by Strang Burton.

Winter 2016        LING 101 Languages of the world. Taught by Strang Burton.

Fall 2015             LING 101 Languages of the world. Taught by Strang Burton.

Winter 2015        LING 201 Linguistic Theory and Analysis II. Taught by Michael Rochemont.

Fall 2014             LING 100 Introduction to Linguistics. Taught by Hotze Rullmann

Winter 2014        LING 201 Linguistic Theory and Analysis II. Taught by Hotze Rullmann.

Fall 2013             LING 101 Languages of the world. Taught by Strang Burton.

University of Yaounde I, Cameroon

Winter 2012        LING 232 Introduction to Generative Syntax. Taught by Edmond Biloa.

LING 142 Historical Linguistics. Taught by Edmond Biloa

Summer 2012      BIL 331 Comparative and Contrastive Studies in English and French. Taught by Edmond Biloa.

Summer 2011      LING 332 Generative Syntax. Taught by Edmond Biloa.

Fall 2011             LING 221 Structural Syntax. Taught by Edmond Biloa.

BIL 312 Modern English language Structure and Usage. Taught by Edmond Biloa.

Winter 2011       BIL 142 Introduction to Comparative and Contrastive Studies in English and French. Taught by Valentine Ubanako.

PART-TIME TEACHER

Vocational training Centre Marie – Dominique, Cameroon

2010-2011                    Taught English and French for Tourism

Bilingual School Complex MARKESSO, Cameroon

2009-2010                    Taught English to High School Students.

Collège Protestant de Metet, Cameroon

2008-2009                    Taught English to High School students.

ARTICLES

In prep.          

Hermann Keupdjio and Martina Wiltschko. Towards the syntax of biased    questions in Bamileke Medumba. Manuscript in preparation for journal submission.

Hermann Keupdjio and Rose-Marie Déchaine. Compound pronouns in Bamileke Medumba. Manuscript in preparation for journal submission.

Under review    

Hermann Keupdjio. The syntax and semantics of associative plurals in Bamileke Medumba. African Languages and Linguistics.

Hermann Keupdjio and Martina Wiltschko. Polar questions in Bamileke Medumba. Journal of West African Languages.

In Press:     Gambarage, J., Anghelescu, A., 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.

2017                Heim, J;  H. Keupdjio; Z Lam; A. Osa Gomez & M. Wiltschko. Intonation and Particles as Speech Act Modifiers: A Syntactic Analysis. Studies in Chinese Linguistics

2016a              Hermann Keupdjio. A-bar movement, A-bar agreement and resumption in Bamileke Medumba. In Andrei Anghelescu, Joel Dunham, and Natalie Weber (eds.) proceedings of the Qualifying Papers Mini-conferences 2013–2014, University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics 42.

2016b              Hermann Keupdjio. Number-stacking and the semantics of Associative plurals in Bamileke Medumba. In Andrei Anghelescu, Joel Dunham, and Natalie Weber (eds.) proceedings of the Qualifying Papers Mini-conferences 2013–2014, University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics 42.

2014                Heim, J., Keupdjio, H., Lam, Z., Osa-Gómez, A.,  and Wiltschko, M. How To Do Things With Particles. Cross-linguistic Insights into Speech Act modifiers. In Proceedings of the 2014 annual conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association.

2014                Gambarage, Joash and Hermann Keupdjio. Wh-in-situ in Nata. In Zoe Lam and Natalie Weber (eds) Proceedings of the 29th Northwest Linguistics Conference.  UBC Working Papers in Linguistics 38, 119-129.

2013                Hermann Keupdjio. Deriving the left edge wh-phrase in Nata wh-constructions. In proceedings of the 2013 annual conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association.

POSTERS AND TALKS

 

2016                Hermann Keupdjio. On A-bar agreement in Bamileke Medumba. Poster presented at the 6th International Conference on Bantu Languages, Helsinki, Finland.

2016                Hermann Keupdjio and Martina Wiltschko. All about the speaker: The syntax of biased questions in Bamileke Medumba. Oral presentation given at the 6th International Conference on Bantu Languages, Helsinki, Finland.

2016                Rose-Marie Déchaine and Hermann Keupdjio. Number in Bamileke Medumba. Poster presented at the 6th International Conference on Bantu Languages, Helsinki, Finland.

2016                Rose-Marie Déchaine and Hermann Keupdjio. Compound pronouns in Bamileke Medumba. Oral presentation given at the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, UC Berkeley.

2016                Hermann Keupdjio and Martina Wiltschko. Two strategies for negatively biased questions in Bamileke Medumba. Oral presentation given at the Workshop on Questions, Answers and Negation. ZAS Berlin.

2015                Hermann Keupdjio. Asymmetries on wh-movement in Bamileke Medumba. Oral presentation given at the 2015 Conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association, University of Ottawa.

2015                Hermann Keupdjio and Martina Wiltschko. “I have a reason to believe”: The syntax of the discourse marker kʉ̀lá in Medumba. Oral presentation given at the 8th World Congress on African Linguistics, Kyoto University.

2015                Hermann Keupdjio. Number-stacking and the semantics of associative plurals in Medumba. Oral presentation given at the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Oregon.

2015                Raphael Girard and Hermann Keupdjio. The phonology and phonetics of voicing contrast in Bamileke Medumba. Poster presented at the 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Oregon.

2015                Johannes Heim, Hermann Keupdjio, Zoe Wai-Man Lam, Adriana Osa-Gómez, Martina Wiltschko and Sonja Thoma. Left of the left periphery: The syntax of discourse markers. Poster presented at the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Simon Fraser University.

2014                Johannes Heim, Hermann Keupdjio, Zoe Wai-Man Lam, Adriana Osa-Gómez and Martina Wiltschko. How to Do things with particles. Cross-linguistic Insights into Speech Act modifiers. Oral presentation given at the 2014 Conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association, Brock University.

2014                Hermann Keupdjio. Wh-movement and Roll-up movement in Medumba. Oral presentation given at the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Kansas University.

2013                Hermann Keupdjio. Wh-movement, Remnant movement and Clause-typing in Medumba. Oral presentation given at the African Anaphora Development Workshop 2, Rutgers University.

2013                Hermann Keupdjio. Deriving the left edge wh-phrase in Nata wh-constructions. Oral presentation given at the 2013 conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association, University of Victoria.

2013                Joash Gambarage and Hermann Keupdjio. In-situ wh-phrases in Nata. Oral presentation given at the 29th Northwest Linguistics Conference, University of British Columbia.

2013                Strang Burton, R.M. Déchaine, C. Brown, A. Entswistle, E. Guntly, R. Fuhrman, N. Francis, Hermann Keupdjio, W. M. Lam, J. Ma, A. Osa Gomez del Campo, E. Sadlier-Brown, I. Schniske, D. Si, S. Walters and Y. Yoshiko Using Storyboards to Elicit Information Structure Contrasts in Nata. Poster presented at the 2013 conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association, University of Victoria.

2013                Colin Brown and Hermann Keupdjio. Discourse sensitivity in Nata. Poster presented at the 29th Northwest Linguistics Conference, University of British Columbia.

2011                Hermann Keupdjio. Post verbal focus and the structure of focus phrases in Medumba. Presented at the African Linguistics School II, Porto-Novo, Benin.

2011                Hermann Keupdjio. The semantics of focus constructions in Medumba. Presented at the African Linguistics School II, Porto-Novo, Benin.

My long-standing research interests are syntactic theories and African languages. On the syntax-information structure interface side, I am interested on the expression of the notion of “focus” and how  it is encoded.

On the syntax-discourse/pragmatics side, I have been working on discourse particles in Medumba in collaboration with Martina Wiltschko for more than 3 years now (http://syntaxofspeechacts.linguistics.ubc.ca). In this project, we are investigating how discourse participants (namely the Speaker and the Addressee) can use particles in a conversation to express their commitment or bias towards a proposition (see the publication section for reports on our findings).

I have also been working with Rose-Marie Déchaine on number and definiteness as well as on the syntax and semantics of compound pronouns in Medumba.

I have worked on wh-movement in Nata (a lacustrine Bantu language spoken in northwestern Tanzania). I have investigated how left-edge wh-phrases are derived in Nata (Keupdjio 2013) and how wh-in-situ constructions are derived in Nata (Gambarage and Keupdjio 2014).

I defended my first qualifying paper on Number-stacking and the semantics of associative plurals in Bamileke Medumba (Keupdjio 2016a) and the second qualifying paper on Wh-movement, A-bar agreement and resumption in Bamileke Medumba (Keupdjio 2016b).

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