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Associate Professor of Linguistics, University at Buffalo

Research interests
At present, my language interests center around comparative and typological investigations of Benue-Congo, in particular its Bantoid sub-branch, with a documentary focus on the languages of the Lower Fungom region of Northwest Cameroon. I have also done significant work on Saramaccan, an Atlantic creole.
Theoretical linguistics
My primary theoretical interest is the synchrony, diachrony, and typology of linear relations within morphology and syntax. The focus of my research in this domain at present is the typology of templatic constructions, and I am, in particular, exploring how multivariate methods can help us better understand such constructions.
Digital linguistics
I am active in the development of digital techniques to facilitate language documentation, description, and archiving. I am especially interested in exploring the potential of Semantic Web technologies to facilitate cross-linguistic research and data interoperation, for instance in the domain of lexical data.
Pig for Pikin
As an outgrowth of the research on the languages of Lower Fungom, members of the research team, in cooperation with local partners, have launched the Pig for Pikin project to support the communities of the region.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Linguistics, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York