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Eva-Marie Bloom Ström

Researcher

Eva-Marie Bloom Ström
Researcher
African languages
eva-marie.strom@sprak.gu.se
+46 31 786 1786

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Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 41255 Göteborg


Department of Languages & Literatures (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.sprak.gu.se
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Visiting Address: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 412 56 Göteborg

About Eva-Marie Bloom Ström

Researcher

Background

PhD in African languages 2013 (University of Gothenburg). MA in African languages 1993 (Leiden University, the Netherlands). I have taught field methods, Somali, various linguistics courses and a course titled Language & Society in Africa. Before embarking on my PhD, I worked in the Netherlands for 17 years, mainly with adult education and IT. I also lived in England for 2 years and in South Africa for 3 years. I grew up in Sollerön, Sweden.

Research

I am interested in how language can be structured based on the intents of the speaker and on the speaker’s assumptions regarding the listener’s pre-existing knowledge. This is called information structure and is especially important in languages with a flexible sentence structure such as the Bantu languages. In my analyses, I use the function of language as a starting point and put it in a typological perspective. I’m also interested in how we got to where we are, i.e. the historical background and grammaticalization. I’m fascinated by variations between languages and dialects and find it important to study languages in their social context.

My current research project is a study of information structure and word order in Bantu, or, more precisely, how the verb phrase and word order contribute to the expression of definiteness.

After finishing my PhD, I obtained an international postdoc position hosted by Rhodes University, situated in Grahamstown in the heartland of the Xhosa-speaking area. The aim of my postdoc project was to describe and analyse morpho-syntactic microvariation in the dialect cluster of Xhosa, a Bantu language of South Africa.

My PhD thesis is a grammatical description of Ndengeleko, focusing on phonology and the morphology of verb and noun phrases. It is the first linguistic study of Ndengeleko and includes a survey of the sociolinguistic situation of the region, with a discussion of the endangerment of the language. The study shows that the language is rapidly being replaced by the dominant language of the region, Swahili.
My MA thesis analysed number formation in Burunge, a Southern Cushitic language spoken outside Kondoa, Tanzania.

I base my research on data collected through fieldwork. Especially when starting from scratch with a language or specific construction, elicitation is a useful method. Mostly, however, I use recorded and transcribed natural speech in my analyses, as I am above all interested in how language is actually used. This includes recorded narratives, dialogues and procedural descriptions. I’m interested in using a variety of methods in my fieldwork and have an ambition to continuously improve myself when it comes to e.g. ethical considerations, archiving and metadata.

 

Latest publications

Språk utan status
Eva-Marie Bloom Ström
Språktidningen, Newspaper article 2019
Newspaper article

The Ndengeleko Language of Tanzania
Eva-Marie Ström
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Doctoral thesis 2013
Doctoral thesis

The Situation of Ndengeleko: A Coastal Tanzanian Language (P10)
Eva-Marie Ström
Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Conference paper 2009
Conference paper

Språkklimatet i Tanzania. Regn- eller solskenshistoria?
Eva-Marie Ström
Klimat : populärvetenskapliga föreläsningar hållna under Humanistdagarna den 10-11 november 2007 / red.: Patrik J. Andersson m. fl., Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

Morphonological alternations in the noun class prefixes of Ndengereko
Eva-Marie Ström
MISS (Meddelanden fran Institutionen för svenska språket) , Magazine article 2006
Magazine article

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2019

Språk utan status
Eva-Marie Bloom Ström
Språktidningen, Newspaper article 2019
Newspaper article

2018

2017

2015

2013

The Ndengeleko Language of Tanzania
Eva-Marie Ström
Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Doctoral thesis 2013
Doctoral thesis

2011

2009

The Situation of Ndengeleko: A Coastal Tanzanian Language (P10)
Eva-Marie Ström
Selected Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, Conference paper 2009
Conference paper

2007

Språkklimatet i Tanzania. Regn- eller solskenshistoria?
Eva-Marie Ström
Klimat : populärvetenskapliga föreläsningar hållna under Humanistdagarna den 10-11 november 2007 / red.: Patrik J. Andersson m. fl., Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

2006

Morphonological alternations in the noun class prefixes of Ndengereko
Eva-Marie Ström
MISS (Meddelanden fran Institutionen för svenska språket) , Magazine article 2006
Magazine article

Showing 1 - 9 of 9

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