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.
I am giving a talk at the University of Toronto on “Outward-looking phonologically-conditioned allomorphy in Cilungu grammatical tone” (Jun 2019) (collaborating with Lee Bickmore)
AMP proceedings are now live, with my paper with Larry M. Hyman on Prosodic Smothering in Makonde: http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/amp.v7i0.4458 (Jun 2019)
nrolle [æ] princeton.edu
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