Below are links to some of the papers I’ve written or co-authored. See my CV for a full list of publications (you are welcome to e-mail me for copies of articles not posted here).

As of 2019, I am no longer updating this page regularly. The most up-to-date links to my newer publications can be found on my page of the University of Helsinki’s research portal. The links to the older publications found here are still good!

Most of these works are also available for download on my ResearchGate site, which additionally hosts several other working papers.

PDF versions of selected publications

Forthcoming. Lexical structures, lexical semantics. To appear in The Oxford guide to the Bantu languages, ed. by Lutz Marten, Nancy Kula, Ellen Hurst & Jochen Zeller. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2019. What’s in a Bantu verb? Actionality in Bantu languages. Linguistic Typology 23(2): 303–345.
Supplementary appendix on theories of actionality in Bantu can be downloaded here.

2015.  The roles of dissociative and (non-)completive morphology in structuring Totela narratives. Beyond aspect: The expression of discourse functions in African languages. (Typological Studies in Language 109), ed. by Doris L. Payne & Shahar Shirtz, 145-176. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

2013.  Resultatives, progressives, statives, and relevance: The temporal pragmatics of the –ite Suffix in Totela. Lingua 133:164-188.

2012.   ile and the pragmatic pathways of the resultative in Bantu Botatwe. Africana Linguistica 18:41-96.

2011.  Crane, Thera M., Larry M. Hyman & Simon Nsielanga Tukumu, A Grammar of Nzadi [B865]: A Language of Democratic Republic of the Congo. University of California Publications in Linguistics. Berkeley: University of California Press.

2011 .  Completion and dissociation in Totela tense and aspect. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on African Linguistics, 208-220.

2009.  Narrative structuring (and restructuring) in Totela: a group study of tense-aspect in the field. Proceedings of Conference on Language Documentation & Linguistic Theory 2, ed. by Peter K. Austin, Oliver Bond, Monik Charette, David Nathan, & Peter Sells. London: SOAS, 61-71.

2009. Tense, aspect, mood, and tone in Shekgalagari. UC Berkeley Phonology Lab Annual Report. Berkeley: University of California, 224-278.

2007.  Crane, Thera & Larry M. Hyman. Review of Halme, Riikka, A tonal grammar of Oshikwanyama. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 28.1:82-7.

Manuscripts and other documents

The following two documents were written together with several colleagues, all working as volunteer teachers in the US Peace Corps in Namibia. They were subsequently adopted as the standard language training manuals for volunteers in the region, and have been adapted elsewhere on the web, as well. Aside from the fact that I took it upon myself to rearrange the Bleek-Meinhof Bantu noun class numbering system for convenience of exposition, I think they generally hold up as fun and useful teaching tools.

2004. Crane, Thera, Karl Lindgren-Streicher & Andy Wingo. Hai ti! A beginner’s guide to Oshikwanyama. US Peace Corps: Namibia.

2004. Crane, Thera, Karl Lindgren-Streicher & Andy Wingo. Te ti! A beginner’s guide to Oshindonga. US Peace Corps: Namibia.