I am a linguist specializing in verbal semantics and pragmatics, with particular interests in the expression of tense, aspect, and mood/modality in Bantu languages, from both language-internal and typological perspectives. I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Academy of Finland project “Stability and Change in Language Contact: The Case of Southern Ndebele (South Africa)“, based at the University of Helsinki. In that project, we have been exploring parameters of variation within Southern Ndebele and other Bantu languages of South Africa; as a next step, I hope to explore how semantic and pragmatic variations are handled in multilingual discourse. I am also interested in African language ecologies and their implications for language policy, especially in education.
A field linguist at heart, I have carried out fieldwork in Namibia, Zambia, and South Africa, and have also worked extensively with African linguists and speakers of African and other minority languages in the U.S. and Europe.
My dissertation dealt with the expression of tense and aspect in Totela, a highly endangered Bantu language of Zambia and Namibia.
I have taught courses on field methods (including a specialized course dealing with methodologies for eliciting semantic information), syntax and semantics, and general linguistics. See my CV for more details.
Contact me at first name dot last name at helsinki dot fi.
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