Songs: Language Choice and Verbal Art

Women of the u̱t‑Maꞌin community use a variety of languages in everyday life and in poetic performance. I present hypotheses about sociolinguistic dynamics that drive the use of particular languages in songs.

Reported Speech in u̱t‑Maꞌin

A look at two constructions used for speech reporting in u̱t‑Maꞌin narrative texts and an overview of how the form of speech reporting constructions can extend beyond the bounds of the speech domain.

Kainji Bibliography

An essential resource for anyone doing research in Kainji langauge speaking areas.

u̱t‑Maꞌin oral histories and narratives

A project collecting Narratives and wordlists from the various lects of the u̱t‑Maꞌin language.

Ubiquitous Association in u̱t‑Maꞌin

The u̱t‑Maꞌin associative morpheme is in widespread use across different four distinct syntactic constructions. Understanding these diverse uses of the associative and the accompanying agreement marking is crucial to understanding the grammar of the language.

On the development of two progressive constructions in U̱t‑Maꞌin

Synchronic description of two progressive constructions, proposal of historical sources of the distinct morphological pieces, and a comparison of the U̱t‑Maꞌin Progressive Constructions with cognate elements from four Kainji language clusters.

Discourse reporting in African storytelling

Exploring grammatical patterns used for quotations in narrative texts.

Nominalization and predication in U̱t‑Maꞌin

A description of the morphosyntax of predication in u̱t‑Maꞌin, especially the extensive use of nominalization and NP agreement phenomena within a wide range of predicative functions.

University of Oregon Ph.D Defense

A presentation and defense of my Ph.D dissertation — Nominalization and predication in U̱t‑Maꞌin.

Development of U̱t‑Maꞌin Progressive Constructions

The morphological complexity of the U̱t‑Maꞌin noun class system holds the key to understanding the distinct elements of the two Progressive constructions.