Chancellor's Fellow - Lecturer
In the 2017-2018 academic year, I am teaching:
- the Acoustic Phonetics module in "LEL2B - Phonetic Analysis and Acoustic Methods" (http://www.ed.ac.uk/ppls/linguistics-and-english-language/current/undergraduate/handbooks/pre-honours/lel2b);
- the module on scripting acoustic measurements using Praat in "Phonetics and Laboratory Phonology" (http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/16-17/dpt/cxlasc10090.htm)
- the module on scripting acoustic measurements using Praat in "Phonetics and Laboratory Phonology" (http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/16-17/dpt/cxlasc11125.htm)
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Current PhD students supervised
- Esther Lam (Lead)
- Georges Sakr
- Tatiana Reid (at University of Surrey)
- Siri Moen Gjersøe (at Univesity of Leipzig)
Past PhD students supervised
- Laura Arnold (Lead)
- Inga McKendry (second supervisor)
My two main research interests are a) the descriptive analysis of the Shilluk language, and b) suprasegmental systems, that is, the way languages make use of pitch, duration, voice quality, loudness, and to some extent vowel quality. A lot of my past research contributes to establishing what kinds of suprasegmental systems occur - or can occur - in the languages of the world, and I have made contributions tot he study of tone, stress-plus-tone, vowel length, and intonation. This interest in suprasegmentals has brought me to the study of West Nilotic languages, in which tone, vowel length and voice quality play a central role in the phonology and morpholology. I started with the study of Dinka, and then moved on the Shilluk. Right now, I am building on my understanding of the Shilluk sound system and especially the suprasegmentals to produce a descriptive analysis of the Shilluk language. This research is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.