Welcome!

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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 exploring the interactions beween cyclic spell out (phases) and morphophonology, analyzing the linguistic underpinnings of a xylophone surrogate language, and fieldwork on Seenku (Mande, Burkina Faso) in preparation for my next reference grammar.


Contact: laura.emcpherson -AT- gmail


To download the beta version of ATLAS (Automated Tone Level Annotation System), click here.


News and upcoming events:

Talk at the International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, Manoa, Hawaii, March 2, 2017: "A semi-automated workflow for producing time-aligned intermediate tonal representations", with Emily Grabowski (Dartmouth '18)



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