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Laura Downing

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

Rumsnummer: D428B
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
  • 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

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., Berlin, Language Science Press, 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

(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

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2010

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

Morphology conditions minimality in Bantu language
Laura J. Downing
Studies in African Comparative Linguistics, with special focus on Bantu and Mande, Tervuren (Belgium), Royal Museum for Central Africa, Kapitel i bok 2005
Kapitel i bok

Jita causative doubling and Paradigm Uniformity
Laura J. Downing
Paradigms in Phonological Theory, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Kapitel i bok 2005
Kapitel i bok

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