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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

  • Florian Lionnet and I will be presenting our poster “Phantom structure” at the 7th Annual Meeting on Phonology (AMP) at Stony Brook from October 11-13, 2019

  • 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.

  • 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 Sep 15