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Laura Downing

Professor

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

Rumsnummer: H719
Postadress: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Besöksadress: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 41256 Göteborg
Arbetsuppgifter: Forskare, lärare i afrikanska språk


Institutionen för språk och litteraturer (Mer information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.sprak.gu.se
spl@sprak.gu.se
Besöksadress: Lundgrensgatan 1B , 412 56 Göteborg

Om Laura Downing

  • Funktioner: Forskare, lärare

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 2017.

Forskning

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.

Publikationer

Bantu prosody:

1996. The tonal phonology of Jita. LINCOM Studies in African Linguistics 05. Munich: LINCOM EUROPA. 245 pp.

2010. An Edge-based approach to the alignment of syntactic phases and prosodic phrases. In Nigel Vincent & Louise Mycock (eds.), Special issue: The Prosody-Syntax Connection. Transactions of the Philological Society 108:3, 352-369.

2011. Bantu tone. In Marc van Oostendorp, Colin J. Ewen, Elizabeth Hume & Keren Rice (eds.), The Blackwell companion to phonology, 5 vols. Malden, MA & Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, ch. 114 (vol. 5).

2011. [co-author, Yiya Chen]. All Depressors are not alike: A comparison of Shanghai Chinese and Zulu. In Gorka Elordieta, Sonia Frota & Pilar Prieto (eds.), Prosodic categories: production, perception and comprehension. Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 82. Dordrecht: Springer, 243-266.

2011. The prosody of ‘dislocation’ in selected Bantu languages. In Leston Buell, Kristina Riedel & Jenneke van der Wal (eds.), Movement and Word Order in Bantu, Special issue of Lingua 121, 772-786. [doi: 10.1016/j.lingua.2010.11.006]

2011. [co-author, Al Mtenje]. Prosodic phrasing of Chichewa relative clauses. Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 32, 65-111.

(Prosodic) morphology:

1998. On the prosodic misalignment of onsetless syllables. NLLT 16, 1-52.

2006. Canonical Forms in Prosodic Morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 284 pp.

2012. [co-author, Barbara Stiebels]. Iconicity. In Jochen Trommer (ed.), The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 379-426.

Information structure:

2012. [co-author, Lisa Cheng]. Against FocusP: Evidence from Durban Zulu. In Ivona Kučerová & Ad Neeleman (eds.), Contrasts and Positions in Information Structure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 247-266.

to appear. [co-author, Bernd Pompino-Marschall]. The focus prosody of Chichewa and the Stress-Focus constraint: A response to Samek-Lodovici (2005). Natural Language and Linguistic Theory.
 

Senaste publikationer

(In)Direct reference in the phonology-syntax interface under phase theory: a response to Modular PIC
Eulàlia Bonet, Lisa L.-S. Cheng, Laura J. Downing, Joan Mascaró
Linguistic Inquiry, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2018
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

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

Grounding Nguni depressor effects
Laura J. Downing
Segmental Structure and Tone / edited by Wolfgang Kehrein, Björn Köhnlein, Paul Boersma and Marc van Oostendorp, Berlin; Boston, Walter de Gruyter, Kapitel i bok 2017
Kapitel i bok

*NT revisited again: An approach to postnasal laryngeal alternations with perceptual Cue constraints
Silke Hamann, Laura J. Downing
Journal of Linguistics, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2017
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

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, Kapitel i bok 2016
Kapitel i bok

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, Kapitel i bok 2016
Kapitel i bok

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, Kapitel i bok 2016
Kapitel i bok

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2018

(In)Direct reference in the phonology-syntax interface under phase theory: a response to Modular PIC
Eulàlia Bonet, Lisa L.-S. Cheng, Laura J. Downing, Joan Mascaró
Linguistic Inquiry, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2018
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

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

2017

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

Grounding Nguni depressor effects
Laura J. Downing
Segmental Structure and Tone / edited by Wolfgang Kehrein, Björn Köhnlein, Paul Boersma and Marc van Oostendorp, Berlin; Boston, Walter de Gruyter, Kapitel i bok 2017
Kapitel i bok

*NT revisited again: An approach to postnasal laryngeal alternations with perceptual Cue constraints
Silke Hamann, Laura J. Downing
Journal of Linguistics, Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift 2017
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

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, Kapitel i bok 2016
Kapitel i bok

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, Kapitel i bok 2016
Kapitel i bok

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, Kapitel i bok 2016
Kapitel i bok

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