research

Current research projects

‘Variation in Sesotho and Setswana as spoken in the Free State’ (January 2019-20). Funded by the British Academy Newton Mobility Scheme. This is a joint project with Dr Kristina Riedel of the University of the Free State, South Africa.

‘Bringing the outside in: Merging local language and literacy practices to enhance classroom learning and achievement’ (May 2019-August 2021). This is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and is a joint project with Professor Nancy Kula, Dr Tracey Costley, Dr Mompoloki Bagwasai, Dr Gastor Mapunda, Dr Joseph Mwansa.

Past research

Much of my research examines languages spoken in East Africa. I have spent about a year in the Kondoa District of central Tanzania, working with speakers of the Bantu language Rangi. My home for this time was the beautiful collection of villages around a lake called Haubi.

I have also done work on the Bantu languages Simbiti, Ngoreme and Kuria from the town of Musoma, nestled between Lake Victoria and the Serengeti National Park.

I was an affiliated researcher on the Leverhulme-Trust-funded project Morphosyntactic variation in Bantu: Typology, contact and change run by Lutz Marten at SOAS from September 2014-March 2018.

I am also involved in the project Linguistic Variation as an Indicator of Historical Relations and Language Contact: A Comparative grammar of four Mara Bantu languages (Tanzania)This project is funded by the Kone Foundation and is based at Helsinki University under the guidance of Professor Lotta Aunio.