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.
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