I am an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics and Cognitive Science Program at Dartmouth College. My theoretical research focuses on phonology (sound systems) and morphology (word formation), with a special focus on tone. I am also interested in how phonology can be adapted to or invoked in music. Most of my data come from primary fieldwork in West Africa (Mali and Burkina Faso), where I have been undertaking in-depth descriptive projects. My first reference grammar, A Grammar of Tommo So, was published by De Gruyter Mouton in 2013. I am currently working on a grammar of Seeku (exonym Sembla/Sambla), a Mande language spoken in Burkina Faso.

Current projects

  • Dogon grammatical tone and other phrasal morphophonological alternations
  • The relationship between phases and phonology
  • Tonal features in Seeku
  • Tone-tune association in Tommo So folk music
  • Seeku surrogate language in xylophone music