research

Current research

January 2019 saw the start of a joint project with Dr Kristina Riedel of the University of the Free State (South Africa). The project is funded by the British Academy Newton scheme and is entitled ‘Variation in Sesotho and Setswana as spoken in the Free State’. Watch this space for updates!

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.