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[ ˈnɪkəlɪs ˈɹoli ]

I have a PhD from the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley.

I’m currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Program in Linguistics at Princeton University.

My research focuses on phonology at its interface with morphology and syntax. Topics include the grammatical use of tone (my dissertation work), the substance of spell-out which mediates between syntax and phonology, the prosodic hierarchy and prosodic subcategorization, paradigm uniformity effects, morphologically-conditioned stress patterns, and clitic alignment. A major component of this research includes careful typological and descriptive work on African languages, especially in Nigeria where I have fieldwork experience. I am currently teaching The Structure and Meaning of Words, and have also taught for classes on phonology, historical linguistics, and linguistics pedagogy.

Feel free to get in touch with me to discuss my research and teaching, or if you have questions on life at Princeton or Berkeley.

Recent News

  • 2018 WSCLA proceedings are out: Nicholas Rolle & Zachary O’Hagan. 2019. Different Kinds of Second-Position Clitics in Caquinte. In D. K. E. Reisinger & Roger Yu-Hsiang Lo (eds.), Proceedings for the 23rd Workshop on the Structure and Constituency of the Languages of the Americas (WSCLA 23). Vancouver, BC: UBCWPL. 93-107.

  • I am giving a short presentation at the University of Ibadan on “Prosodic fieldwork in Nigeria: Methods and analysis” (July 2019)

  • Our book chapter (Hyman et al. 2019) on “Niger-Congo linguistic features and typology” is now published, in the The Cambridge Handbook of African Linguistics.

nrolle [æ] princeton.edu
Website updated 2019 Jul 28