Department of English
University of Missouri
CV [15 October 2012]
My research is focused primarily on the tonal systems and grammars of varieties of the Luyia macrolanguage of western Kenya and eastern Uganda. This work involves on-going collaborations with Vicki Carstens, Michael Diercks, Kristopher Ebarb, Christopher Green, David Odden, and Peter Otiato Ojiambo.
I have recently branched out in research on object marking in Bantu languages and have recently begun a collaboration with Minah Nabirye and Gilles-Maurice de Schryver on Soga tone.
I was on research leave during the 2012-2013 academic year. From mid-September 2012 through mid-January 2013, I was in Kaimosi, Kenya, carrying out research for a book project on the structure and tonal system of Tiriki.
I received a 2012 NEH Summer Stipend for my project "Documenting the Diversity of African Tonal Systems: Marachi and Wanga, two undescribed dialects of Luyia".
The Selected Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics, which I edited with Nikki Adams, Christopher Green, Michelle Morrison, and Tristan Purvis, was recently published by the Cascadilla Proceedings Project. [09 November 2013].
I am teaching Languages of Africa for the first time in Fall 2013, and in Spring 2014 will offer Field Methods; our course will focus on the Igala language of Nigeria with Chris Adejo, a masters student in Public Policy at the University of Missouri.
I last taught Field Methods in Spring 2012 on the Tiriki variety of Luyia, with Billy Jivetti, a University of Missouri Ph.D. student in Rural Sociology, from Kaimosi, Kenya.
I regularly offer Structure of American English and Phonology, and have also taught Human Language (Fall 2010) and Syntax (Fall 2011). [09 November 2013].
'Exceptional patterns of object marking in Bantu' [draft of 16 July 2013]
'Problems in Kuria H Tone Assignment' [with Leonard Chacha Mwita and Mary Paster, draft of 25 May 2013]
'Verb tone in Bantu languages: micro-typological patterns and research methods' [draft of 4 May 2013]
'Review of Van Otterloo (2011) The Kifuliiru Language, Vol. 1' [17 October 2012]
'Tonal melodies and Meeussen’s Rule in Khayo' to appear in Karsten Legère (ed.), Studies in Bantu Linguistics and Languages: Papers in memory of Professor Rugatiri Mekacha, Bayreuth: Bayreuth African Studies [04 October 2011].
'Non-spurious H-toned extensions in Nyala-West', with Kristopher Ebarb. Paper presented at ACAL 41, University of Toronto and University of York, May 6-8, 2010.
'Conditioning factors in the realization of tone: Nyala-West verbs', with Kristopher Ebarb, In Samuel Obeng, Jon Anderson, &Chris Green, eds., Indiana University Working Papers in Linguistics 8: African Linguistics Across the Discipline, 85-107. [19 January 2010].
'Luyia tonal dialectology'. 2009. Paper presented at University of Nairobi, Department of Linguistics and Languages, Nairobi, Kenya, 16 December.
'Tura verbal tonology' Studies in African Linguistics 37.2 (2008): 153-243 [02 November 2009].
'Bantu tone bibliography' [26 November 2008].
As noted on the Luyia Dictionary Project site, we have begun editing individual Luyia dictionaries through online collaboration using the WeSay software. Please contact me if you are interested in assisting in any of the work. Some older materials are below [11 August 2011]:
Lightly edited comparative wordlist of Kisa, Tsotso, Appleby 1943, and Wanga [24 January 2010].
Unedited comparative wordlist of Idakho, Appleby 1943, and Wanga [24 January 2010].
Unedited comparative wordlist of Tura, Appleby 1943, and Wanga [24 January 2010].
Handwritten materials on Idakho (x2), Isukha, Kabarasi, Khayo (x2), Kisa, Logoori (x2), Nyala-West, Nyore, Saamia, Tachoni, Tiriki (x2), Tsotso, and Tura [available here: Luyia Dictionary Project, 08 December 2008].