Papers and handouts


Tone-tune association in Tommo So (Dogon) folk songs. With Kevin Ryan. To appear in Language.

Morphosyntax of adjectives in Seenku [sos]. Mandenkan 57.

Cyclic spell-out and the interaction of Seenku tonal processes. To appear in the Proceedings of 2016 Tonal Aspects of Language.

Multiple feature affixation in Seenku plural formation. Morphology 27.2.

Tone features revisited: evidence from Seenku (Mande, Burkina Faso). In Bosire and Payne (eds.) Selected Proceedings of ACAL 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Language Science Press.

On (ir)realis in Seenku (Mande, Burkina Faso). Accepted for an Oxford University Press volume on endangered languages in Africa.

Relating application rate to morphological distance: the case of Tommo So vowel harmony. With Bruce Hayes. Phonology 33.1. 2016. (Click here for supplemental materials.)

Phrasal grammatical tone in the Dogon languages: the role of constraint interaction. With Jeffrey Heath. NLLT 34, 2016. (Click here for supplemental materials.)

Cumulativity and ganging in the tonology of Awa suffixesLanguage: Phonological Analysis. 2016. (Click here for supplemental materials.)

Tonosyntax and reference restriction in Dogon NPs. With Jeffrey Heath. Language 89.2: 265-296. 2013.

The structural origin of tonal overlays in Tommo So (Dogon) compounds. Journal of West African Languages 40.1. 2013.

The use of ‘liver’ in Dogon emotional encoding. With Kirill Prokhorov. In Encoding Emotions in African Languages (ed. Gian Claudio Batic). LINCOM Europa Studies in African Languages. 2011.

Descriptive work

A Grammar of Tommo So. De Gruyter Mouton. (Click here for supplemental materials.)

Tommo So - English - French lexicon

Seenku lexicon. (In progress, check back for new versions)

Thesis work

Replacive grammatical tone in the Dogon languages. PhD dissertation, UCLA. 2014.

Tonal underspecification and interpolation in Tommo So. MA thesis, UCLA. 2011.

Selected handouts and slides

The talking xylophone of the Sambla: Seenku phonology in a speech surrogate system. Invited talk at Havard University, April 29, 2016.

Tone features revisited: evidence from Seenku (Mande, Burkina Faso). Presented at ACAL 46, University of Oregon, March 2015. 

Plural formation in Seeku (Mande, Burkina Faso). Colloquium at Boston University, March 2015.

Phrasal phonology, restructured: the place of Dogon tonosyntax. Invited talk at the Workshop on Grammatical Building Blocks, University of Leipzig, November 2014.

Hierarchical structure in Seeku verb paradigms. Presented at ACAL 45, Kansas University, April 2014.

A maxent model of tone-tune association in Tommo So songs. Presented at the 88th annual LSA, January 2014. 

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