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Laura Downing

Professor

Laura Downing
Professor
African languages and linguistics
laura.downing@sprak.gu.se
+46 31 786 5263

Room number: H719
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 7 , 41256 Göteborg


Department of Languages & Literatures (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.sprak.gu.se
spl@sprak.gu.se

Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Laura Downing

  • Function: Researcher, teacher

Background

Laura J. Downing earned her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990, writing her dissertation under Charles W. Kisseberth on Problems in Jita Tonology.

From 1990-2001 she held visiting lecturer positions at the University of Michigan, UC-San Diego, UBC, the University of Illinois, UC-Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania.

From 2001-20012 she was a research fellow and project leader at the ZAS in Berlin, where her work concentrated on the focus-syntax-prosody interface in Bantu languages, especially Chewa, Tumbuka and Zulu.

Laura Downing has been awarded a Professor-II position at the Dept. of Language and Linguistics, University of the Arctic, UiTromsø, Norway, for 1 August 2015 through 31 December 2017.

Research

Laura J. Downing's research interests center on the formal analysis of the prosody of Bantu languages, including prosodic morphology, lexical tone systems and phrasal prosody.

Her work has been supported by grants from the NSF (UC-Berkeley), the NWO (Guest research fellowship, University of Leiden) and the DFG (BantuPsyn project).

These grants (and funding from the ZAS) have supported field work trips to Zimbabwe and Malawi.

She is on the editorial boards of Phonology and of Africana Linguistica, and on the Steering Committees of the Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL) and of the Manchester Phonology Meeting.

Latest publications

The Phonology of Chichewa
Laura J. Downing, Al Mtenje
Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, Book 2017
Book

Intonation in Chichewa and Tumbuka
Laura J. Downing
Intonation in African Tone Languages / ed. by Laura J. Downing and Annie Rialland, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Information Structure in Bantu
Laura J. Downing, Larry M. Hyman
Oxford Handbook of Information Structure / edited by Caroline Féry and Shinichiro Ishihara, Oxford, England, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Introduction: Intonation in African tone languages
Laura J. Downing, Annie Rialland
Intonation in African Tone Languages / edited by Laura J. Downing and Annie Rialland, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Intonation in African Tone Languages
Laura J. Downing, Annie Rialland
Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, Edited book 2016
Edited book

Phasal syntax = cyclic phonology?
Lisa L.-S. Cheng, Laura J. Downing
Syntax, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Prosodic stems in Zezuru Shona
Laura J. Downing, Maxwell Kadenge
Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Journal article 2015
Journal article

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2017

The Phonology of Chichewa
Laura J. Downing, Al Mtenje
Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press, Book 2017
Book

2016

Intonation in Chichewa and Tumbuka
Laura J. Downing
Intonation in African Tone Languages / ed. by Laura J. Downing and Annie Rialland, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Information Structure in Bantu
Laura J. Downing, Larry M. Hyman
Oxford Handbook of Information Structure / edited by Caroline Féry and Shinichiro Ishihara, Oxford, England, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Introduction: Intonation in African tone languages
Laura J. Downing, Annie Rialland
Intonation in African Tone Languages / edited by Laura J. Downing and Annie Rialland, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Intonation in African Tone Languages
Laura J. Downing, Annie Rialland
Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, Edited book 2016
Edited book

Phasal syntax = cyclic phonology?
Lisa L.-S. Cheng, Laura J. Downing
Syntax, Journal article 2016
Journal article

2015

Prosodic stems in Zezuru Shona
Laura J. Downing, Maxwell Kadenge
Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Showing 1 - 10 of 43

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