Selected Publications

Synchronic description of two progressive constructions, proposal of historical sources of the distinct morphological pieces, and a comparison of the U̠t-Ma’in Progressive Constructions with cognate elements from four Kainji language clusters.
Folia Linguistica Historica 40 (2): 509-554, 2019

A discourse based study of the distribution of verb forms in narrative texts with focus on the “unmarked” Bare Verb form that is used to progress the storyline - sequential main events in a narrative text.
In Doris L. Payne and Shahar Shirtz (eds.), Beyond aspect: the expression of discourse functions in African languages (Typological Studies in Language 109), 219–248. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2015

Publications

Posters & Publications

.  2019. On the development of two progressive constructions in U̱t-Ma'in. Folia Linguistica Historica 40 (2): 509-554.  doi: 10.1515/flih-2019-0020

Project PDF at Publisher

.  2019. Nominalization and predication in U̱t-Ma'in. Ph.D. Dissertation.

PDF Project

.  2015. Narrative uses of the U̱t-Ma'in (Kainji) Bare Verb form. In Doris L. Payne and Shahar Shirtz (eds.), Beyond aspect: the expression of discourse functions in African languages (Typological Studies in Language 109), 219–248. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.  doi: 10.1075/tsl.109.08pat

Project PDF at Publisher

.  2012. Semantics of u̱t-Ma'in noun classes. In Roger Blench and Stuart McGill (eds.). Advances in minority language research in Nigeria, volume 1, 239-272. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe.

Project

Oral Presentations

Functions of nominalization in U̱t-Ma'in
Oct 22, 2014
Verbal categories in U̱t-Ma'in, a Kainji language of Nigeria
Apr 17, 2014
Formation of verbs in U̱t-Ma'in
Nov 5, 2013
Research on u̱t-Ma'in noun classes
Mar 28, 2007
Nominalization in u̱t-Ma'in
Dec 18, 2006

Projects

u̱t-Ma'in reported speech

Exploring grammatical patterns used for quotations in narrative texts.

u̱t-Ma'in verb research

What is the distribution of verb forms in narrative discourse?

SIL Americas Area Professional Development Platform

Implementation of Cornerstone on Demand for SIL Americas Area

Mòoré Research

Collaboration with Timbwaoga Aime Judicaël Ouermi, Sara Pacchiarotti, and Amos Teo, while enrolled in a 9 month field methods course.

Pipero Research

Working alongside local speakers of Pipero to develop a writing system and language materials.

u̱t-Ma'in noun research

Complex morphology and agreement patterns within the NP and beyond.

Support & Acknowledgments

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Awards

Fellowships

Grants

  • 2016 Research Grant, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon Her voice: Documenting the language of women speakers of the U̱t-Ma’in language (Nigeria)
  • 2013, 2015 Travel Grant, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
  • 2014 Travel Grant, American English Institute, University of Oregon

Scholarships

  • 2007 MA Scholarship, Linguistics Program, University of North Dakota
  • 2001-2005 General Scholarship, Linguistics Program , University of North Dakota
  • 1999-2001 Merit Scholarship, Cairn University
  • 1999 Leadership Scholarship, Cairn University

Community

Service, Professional memberships, and Community Development

Service

Professional Memberships

Community Development

Professional involvements with minority language community members.

  • Language team building – on demand training in computer skills and program planning
  • Instructing speakers of other languages in linguistics, discourse analysis of narrative texts, translation principles, and preparation of materials to help mother-tongue speakers test orthography design decisions

Teaching

Leadership in formal education settings

University of Oregon Department of Linguistics

Department of Linguistics

  • Morphology and Syntax, LING 435/535 – Teaching Assistant (Fall ‘18)
  • Language and Power, LING 201 – Teaching Assistant (Spring ‘17)
  • Structure of English Words, LING 150 – Teaching Assistant (Spring ‘16)
  • Structure of English Words, LING 150 – Teaching Assistant (Winter ‘16)
  • Structure of English Words, LING 150 – Teaching Assistant (Fall ‘15)
  • Intro. to Linguistic Analysis, LING 301 – Teaching Assistant (Spring ‘13)
  • Structure of English Words, LING 150 – Instructor of Record (Winter ‘13)
  • Morphology and Syntax, LING 435/535 – Teaching Assistant (Fall ‘12)

American English Institute, University of Oregon

Intensive English Program (IEP)

  • Listening and Note taking, Level 4 – Instructor of Record (Winter ‘18)
  • Listening and Note taking, Level 4 – Instructor of Record (Fall ‘17)
  • Oral Communication Skills, Level 6 – Instructor of Record (Spring ‘15)
  • Oral Communication Skills, Level 6 – Instructor of Record (Winter ‘15)
  • Oral Communication Skills, Level 6 – Instructor of Record (Fall ‘14)
  • Oral Communication Skills, Level 2 – Instructor of Record (Winter ‘14)

Academic English for International Students (AEIS)

  • Intro. to Academic Writing, AEIS 110 – Instructor of Record (Spring ‘14)
  • Intro. to Academic Writing, AEIS 110 – Instructor of Record (Fall ‘13)

University of North Dakota Linguistics Program

Summer Institute of Linguistics Program

  • Tone Analysis, LING 513 – Teaching Assistant (Summer ‘13)
  • Linguistic Field Methods, LING 506 – Instructor (Summer ‘10)
  • Linguistic Field Methods, LING 506 – Instructor (Summer ‘09)
  • Linguistic Field Methods, LING 506 – Teaching Assistant (Summer ‘08)
  • Syntax and Morphology I, LING 452 – Teaching Assistant (Summer ‘05)

Payap University Graduate Linguistics Department, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Graduate Linguistics Department

  • Semantics, LING 607 – Visiting Instructor (Fall ‘07)

Nigeria Bible Translation Trust, Jos, Nigeria

Introductory Course in Applied Linguistic (ICAL)

  • Phonetics/Phonology – Teaching Assistant (2006)

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

English Language Program, Office of International Education

  • Pronunciation Coaching – Tutor (Summer ‘04)

Grace International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Middle School

  • Special Needs Classroom – Volunteer (Jan. ‘03 – Mar. ‘03)

Workshops

Serving communities while training in linguistic skills

As part of my position with the SIL Americas Area I worked to provide skills in lingusitic tools to mother tongue language users. I was invited to co-lead the workshop on Fieldworks Software held at the University of Malaysia, Sabah.

October, 17-19 2011 Fieldworks Language Explorer as a dictionary development tool University of Malaysia, Sabah, Malaysia
Focus: Over three days I provided 15 hours instruction on different aspects of Fieldworks useful in the production of community created dictionaries.

As part of my position with the Seed Company from 9/2004 – 12/2007, I was engaged as a Linguistics Consultant Intern under Katherine Barnwell, Ph.D. I worked and lived in Nigeria. During this three year internship I was took part in or facilitated various workshops. Most workshops focused on providing minority language speakers linguistic and language use skills, for conducting language development activities in their own mother tongues.

January 15 - February 2, 2007 8th Luke Partnership workshop in Gombe State ECWA Theological College, Kufai, Biliri, Gombe State

September 18 – October 6, 2006 7th Luke Partnership workshop in Gombe State ECWA Theological College, Kufai, Biliri, Gombe State, Nigeria
Focus: Translation and community checking of translated materials: visit to Gwandum

May 15 - June 2, 2006 6th Luke Partnership workshop in Gombe State ECWA Theological College, Kufai, Biliri, Gombe State, Nigeria

January 16 - February 3, 2006 5th Luke Partnership workshop in Gombe State ECWA Theological College, Kufai, Gombe State, Nigeria
Focus: Draft for circulation: Reading and Writing

September 19 - October 8, 2005 4th Luke Partnership workshop in Gombe State Science Secondary School, Kaltungo, Gombe State, Nigeria

June 2005 3rd Luke Partnership workshop in Gombe State

January 10-29, 2005 2nd Luke Partnership workshop in Gombe State ECWA Good News Church GRA, Gombe, Nigeria
Focus: Draft for circulation in preliminary orthography: The Good Samaritan (Pipero)

January 3-7, 2005 Facilitator, Visual Arts, Scripture in Use Workshop NBTT, Jos, Nigeria

Across Cultures

Cross Cultural Experience

Northern Nigeria

U̱t-Ma’in speaking people | 12 months in Niger State, Nigeria

  • Dates: 4/2005, 11/2005, 2-3/2006, 8/2006, 10/2006, 2/2007, 8-9/2013, 3/2017, 8-9/2017

Data elicitation, collecting oral literature, transcription and translation of texts, grammar analysis. Development of adult reading primer for use by bilingual speakers literate in Hausa. Language data formed the basis for my master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation. Most recent visits in 2017 funded by the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research and the Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon. Close collaboration with local speakers and other linguists working on Kainji languages.

Pipero speaking people | 6 months in Gombe State, Nigeria

  • Dates: 1/2005, 9/2005, 1/2006, 5/2006, 9/2006, 1/2007

Orthography checking and testing. Translation adviser to team of native speaker translators. Development of adult reading primer for use by bi/trilingual speakers literate in Hausa and/or English. Supervisor, Katherine Barnwell, Ph.D.

Southern Mexico

Me’phaa speaking people | 5 Months in Guerrero State, Mexico

  • Dates: 11/2010 – 1/2011 and 3/2011 – 4/2011

Logistics support role for language documentation project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA) Project: Documenting the Me’phaa genus. (PI: Steven A. Marlett, Ph.D.)

Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand | 10 Months in Northern Thailand

Skills

Learning a language is almost as easy as forgetting a language. All skills ebb and flow with fluency in various seasons of life.

Language proficiencies

Native

Intermediate

  • Hausa (Chadic, Afro-Asiatic) - speaking/reading/structural knowledge
  • U̱t-Ma’in (Kainji, Benue-Congo) - speaking/structural knowledge | 12 months fieldwork

Basic

  • Pipero (Chadic) - structural knowledge | 6 months fieldwork
  • Mòoré (Gur, Niger-Congo) - structural knowledge | 9 month field methods course
  • German - reading | 2 years coursework
  • Koine Greek - reading/structural knowledge
  • Latin - reading/structural knowledge

Digital tools

Linguistic and Translation Software


Strategy games

Saint Petersburg , Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Keeping a 4-year-old intellectually engaged and out of trouble

Contact

Talking is better with coffee.