Chancellor's Fellow - Lecturer
In the 2020-2021 academic year, I am teaching:
- a Guided Research seminar on Shilluk intransitive verbs;
- on Phonetics and Laboratory Phonology (co-taught), a course for which I am also Course Organizer.
Phonetics and Laboratory Phonology (co-taught), a course for which I am also Course Organizer.
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Current PhD students supervised
- Mirella Blum (Lead)
- Esther Lam (Lead)
- Georges Sakr
Past PhD students supervised
- Laura Arnold (Lead)
- Inga McKendry (second supervisor)
- Darryl Turner (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.