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My research focuses primarily on the semantics and pragmatics of underdescribed Bantu languages, both within particular languages and as typological and contact phenomena. I have particular interest in expressions of tense, aspect, and modality. 

My teaching focuses on these phenomena and on the best methods and practices for eliciting them.


Curriculum vitae

2019-present: Academy of Finland Researcher, Accommodating Linguistic Diversity in Conversation: Modal Expressions and Multilingualism in South Africa, University of Helsinki, Finland

2015-2019: Postdoctoral Researcher, Stability and Change in Language Contact: The Case of Southern Ndebele (South Africa), University of Helsinki, Finland

2012-2014: Program Manager, France-Berkeley Fund (coordinating grants for international collaborative research), University of California, Berkeley

January 2012: Chaire internationale of the Bureau des Relations Internationales et de la Coopération, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

August - December 2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, Grammaticalization and (Inter)Subjectification Project Belgian Federal Science Policy Office Inter-University Attraction Poles Programme, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium


Education information

PhD, Linguistics, May 2011, University of California, Berkeley
Dissertation: Beyond time: temporal and extra-temporal functions of tense and aspect marking in Totela, a Bantu language of Zambia
Larry Hyman & Lynn Nichols (co-chairs); Line Mikkelsen; Alan Timberlake

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, PhD, Beyond time: temporal and extra-temporal functions of tense and aspect marking in Totela, a Bantu language of Zambia, University of California, Berkeley

May 200813 May 2011

Award Date: 13 May 2011

Linguistics, MA, University of California, Berkeley

Award Date: 18 May 2007

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale / Royal Museum for Central Africa

Aug 2011Dec 2011

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • African Languages
  • Bantu languages
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Linguistics
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Contact linguistics
  • Tense and aspect

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.