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 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.
I gave a talk at the University of Toronto on “Outward-looking phonologically-conditioned allomorphy in Cilungu grammatical tone” (Jun 2019) (collaborating with Lee Bickmore)
nrolle [æ] princeton.edu
Website updated 2019 Jun 12