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Laura Downing

Professor

Laura Downing
Professor
Afrikanska språk
laura.downing@sprak.gu.se
031-786 5263

Rumsnummer: D428B
Postadress: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Besöksadress: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41256 Göteborg
Arbetsuppgifter: Forskare, lärare i afrikanska språk


Institutionen för språk och litteraturer (Mer information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.sprak.gu.se
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Besöksadress: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

Om Laura Downing

  • Funktioner: Forskare, lärare
  • ORCID-ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-5609-4892

Bakgrund

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 2001-2012 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 2019.

Forskning

Laura J. Downing's research interests center on the formal analysis of the prosody of African 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.

From 2016-2019 she has led a research project on Somali and prosodic typology funded by the Swedish Vetenskapsrådet. https://sprak.gu.se/english/research/research-projects/externally-funded/somali-and-prosodic-typology+

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.

Senaste publikationer

(In)Direct reference in the phonology-syntax interface under phase theory: a response to Modular PIC (D’Alessandro and Scheer 2015)
Eulàlia Bonet, Lisa L.-S. Cheng, Laura J. Downing, Joan Mascaró
Linguistic Inquiry, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2019
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Tumbuka prosody : Between tone and stress
Laura J. Downing
Theory and description in African Linguistics: Selected papers from the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. March 23-March 26, 2016, Berkeley, Calif. / edited by Emily Clem, Peter Jenks, Hannah Sande, Berlin, Language Science Press, Kapitel i bok 2019
Kapitel i bok

Prosodic restructuring in Somali nominals constructions
Laura J. Downing, Morgan Nilsson
African linguistics across the disciplines: Selected papers from the 48th Annual Conference on African Linguistics / edited by Samson Lotven, Silvina Bongiovanni, Phillip Weirich, Robert Botne, Samuel Gyasi Obeng, Berlin, Language Science Press, Kapitel i bok 2019
Kapitel i bok

Disentangling tone, intonation and register in selected Bantu tone languages
Laura J. Downing
Kawauso: Simmanden in Språkströmmen. Festskrift till professor Yasuko Nagano-Madsen / Misuzu Shimotori och Fusae Ivarsson (red.), Göteborg, Göteborgs universitet, Kapitel i bok 2019
Kapitel i bok

Clausal morphosyntax and information structure
Laura J. Downing, Lutz Marten
The Bantu Languages / edited by Mark Van de Velde, Koen Bostoen, Derek Nurse, and Gérard Philippson, New York, Routledge, Kapitel i bok 2019
Kapitel i bok

Optimality Theory and Prosodic Morphology
Laura J. Downing
The Oxford Handbook on Morphological Theory / edited by Jenny Audring and Francesca Masini , New York, Oxford University Press, Kapitel i bok 2019
Kapitel i bok

The phonetics of NCh in Tumbuka and its implications for diachronic change.
Laura J. Downing, Silke Hamann
Papers in Historical Phonology, Artikel i övriga tidskrifter 2018
Artikel i övriga tidskrifter

Differential object marking in Chichewa
Laura J. Downing
The Diachronic Typology of Differential Argument Marking / Ilja A. Seržant & Alena Witzlack-Makarevich (eds.), Berlin, Language Science Press, Kapitel i bok 2018
Kapitel i bok

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

Convergence of prosody under contact: two African case studies
Laura J. Downing
Språkens magi: Festskrift for Ingmar Söhrman / edited by Andrea Castro & Anton Granvik, Ester Fernández Incógnito, Sara LIndblad, Andreas Romeborn & Katharina Vajta, Göteborg, Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för språk och litterarturer, Kapitel i bok 2017
Kapitel i bok

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2010

Prosodic Phrasing in Relative Clauses: A Comparative Look at Zulu, Chewa and Tumbuka
Laura J. Downing
Bantu Languages: Analyses, Description and Theory, Cologne, Rüdiger Köppe, Kapitel i bok 2010
Kapitel i bok

An Edge-based approach to the alignment of syntactic phases and prosodic phrases
Laura J. Downing
Transactions of the Philological Society , Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2010
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Accent in African languages
Laura J. Downing
A Survey of Word Accentual Patterns in the Languages of the World, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, Kapitel i bok 2010
Kapitel i bok

2009

Where’s the topic in Zulu?
Laura J. Downing, Lisa L-S Cheng
The Linguistic Review , Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2009
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Optimality Theory and African language phonology
Laura J. Downing
Selected Proceedings of ACAL 38, Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet) 2009
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)

On pitch lowering not linked to voicing: Nguni and Shona group depressors
Laura J. Downing
Language Sciences , Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2009
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

2007

Explaining the role of the morphological continuum in Bantu spirantisation
Laura J. Downing
Africana Linguistica, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2007
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

2006

Canonical Forms in Prosodic Morphology
Laura J. Downing
Oxford, Oxford University Press, Bok 2006
Bok

2005

The Emergence of the Marked: Tone in some African reduplicative systems
Laura J. Downing
Studies on Reduplication, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, Kapitel i bok 2005
Kapitel i bok

On the ambiguous segmental status of nasals in homorganic NC sequences
Laura J. Downing
The internal organization of phonological segments, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, Kapitel i bok 2005
Kapitel i bok

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