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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 (March 2018) beta version of ATLAS (Automated Tone Level Annotation System), click here.

News and upcoming events:

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

Upcoming talk at University of Sydney March 16, 2018, "ATLAS (Automated Tone Level Annotation System): a computational toolkit for pitch annotation" 

Fieldwork in New Caledonia March 22-April 14

   © Laura McPherson 2017