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I am an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics program at Dartmouth College. I finished my Ph.D. at UCLA in 2014, with the dissertation Replacive grammatical tone in the Dogon languagesavailable for download under “Papers and handouts". My primary research interests lie in phonology, morphology, and fieldwork/language documentation. I published my first reference grammar, A Grammar of Tommo So, in 2013 based on fieldwork in Mali from 2008-2012. Current research projects include developing an automated computational tool for tonal annotation with Emily Grabowski (ATLAS: Automated Tone Level Annotation System), analyzing the linguistic underpinnings of a xylophone surrogate language, and fieldwork on Seenku (Mande, Burkina Faso) in preparation for my next reference grammar, supported by NSF Documenting Endangered Languages (BCS-1664355).

Contact: laura.emcpherson -AT- gmail

To download the newest (July 2018) beta version of DAPPr (Discrete Annotations of Pitch and Prosody, formerly known as ATLAS), click here. The zip includes both a Mac and a Windows executable file. 

News and upcoming events:

Slides for my recent plenary at the Annual Meeting of Phonology can be downloaded here. For sound or video files, please email me for a Dropbox link. 

Colloquium talk at University of Delaware on Friday, October 27: "Language-Music Connection: the talking xylophone of the Sambla"

Preparations underway to co-teach a new course, The Language-Music Connection, with Ted Levin (Dartmouth Department of Music) and Mamadou Diabate

Draft of tone chapter for A Grammar of Seenku added under Papers and Handouts: Descriptive work. Comments welcome!

   © Laura McPherson 2017