I am a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in Surrey Morphology Group (SMG), a research centre based in the School of Literature & Languages. Before joining Surrey in September 2012, I was a Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Salford and Researcher in Language Documentation and Description in the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRELP), in the Department of Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.
Areas of specialism
Language documentation and description;
University roles and responsibilities
- Linguistics Pathway Chair for the ESRC South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership
- Member of the Research Data Management Steering Group
- PhD Coordinator for Surrey Morphology Group
My research covers a wide range of topics related to understanding linguistic diversity and the preservation and description of languages.
My major research interests lie in:
- Morphology (especially Paradigm Function Morphology)
- Syntax (especially Lexical Functional Grammar)
- Information structure
- Language documentation and description
- Niger-Congo languages (especially Eleme and other Benue-Congo languages)
- Nilo-Saharan (especially Nuer and other Nilotic languages)
- Tibeto-Burman languages (especially the languages of Manang District, Nepal)
- Indo-Aryan languages (especially Maithili)
Although I work with data from a variety of languages, my background is in Africanist linguistics. Much of my early work describes typologically unusual aspects of the morphosyntax of Eleme (Ogonoid, Benue-Congo), an under-described Niger-Congo language spoken in southeast Nigeria.
Since 2012, my main fieldwork focus has moved to Nepal, where I have been working on four Tibeto-Burman languages - Manang Gurung, Manange, Nar-Phu and Gyalsumdo - which are spoken in the villages of Manang District. This fieldwork is conducted in collaboration with Kristine Hildebrandt (SIUE), Dubi Nanda Dhakal (Tribhuvan University) and other members of the Manang Languages Project.
In the UK, I have also been working with speakers of Nuer (Western Nilotic, Nilo-Saharan) and Maithili (Bihari, Indo-Aryan).
I am the convenor for the following UG and PG modules:
I also co-teach:
Courses I teach on
English Literature BA (Hons)
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)
English Literature with Film Studies BA (Hons)
English Literature with Politics BA (Hons)
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons)
English Literature and French BA (Hons)
English Literature with German BA (Hons)
English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons)
Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons)
Modern Languages (Spanish with German) BA (Hons)
Postgraduate research supervision
I currently co-supervise two students based in Surrey Morphology Group:
- Dávid Győrfi
- Borja Herce
- Tatiana Reid