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Director: Ken Safir, Rutgers University

ImageKen Safir is a professor in the department of linguistics at Rutgers University, a department he helped to found in 1989, seven years after receiving his Ph.D. from MIT. He is a linguistic theorist and syntactician with interests in the syntax-semantics interface and the nature of linguistic of anaphora in particular. He has also served as editor of the Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics, of which he was also one of the founding editors. He has studied definiteness effects, the null subject parameter, crossover effects, small clauses, parasitic gaps, the structure of nominals and relative clauses and many other phenomena, but for the last 15 years much of his work has been devoted to the locality and interpretation of anaphoric relations and the connection between these relations and the morphology of anaphors, as evidenced by many of his recent publications, including The Syntax of Anaphora, published in 2004 by Oxford University Press, and The Syntax of (In)Dependence, published by MIT Press, also in 2004. In addition to new work on transitivity and reflexivity informed by his work for the Afranaph project, he is also working from a minimalist perspective on some fundamental architectural properties of the theory of syntax.

For more information about Ken Safir, please see his website.

Associate Director: Oluseye Adesola, Yale University

ImageOluseye Adesola received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2005 and is an assistant professor at the Yale University. He designed the original website for the Afranaph projects and continues to provide oversight, outreach and support for Afranaph, and is also our consultant for Yoruba. His research interests include Yoruba Studies, Comparative Syntax, African Culture and Literature, African Linguistics, Syntactic Theory, Anaphora, Wh-movement Constructions and Focus Constructions.

For more information about Oluseye Adesola, please see his website.

Associate Director for Francophone-based Documentation: Hannah Sande

hannah sandeHannah Sande is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at UC Berkeley. She studies phonology and its interaction with morphosyntax, and she is specifically interested in incorporating data from understudied languages into the phonological and morphological theoretical literature. Hannah also carries out documentary work. Since the fall of 2013 she has been documenting Guébie, an endangered Kru language spoken in southwest Côte d'Ivoire. A frequent visitor to West Africa, Hannah began working as the contact for Afranaph consultants in francophone Africa in early 2015.
 
For more information about Hannah Sande, please see her website.

Associate Director for Afroasiatic Languages: Ruth Kramer

ImageRuth Kramer received her Ph.D. in Linguistics From the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2009, and is an assistant professor at the department of Linguistics at Georgetown University, as well as an Adjunct Researcher at the Center for the Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland. Her research interests are in theoretical syntax and morphology, particularly agreement, definite marking, and number and gender within nominal phrases.

For more information about Ruth Kramer, please see her website.

Research Assistant and Assistant Director: Kunio Kinjo

E DSCF49351Kunio Kinjo is a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at Rutgers University. He is appointed as a research assistant for Fall 2016-Spring 2017. He will oversee the data entry policing, as well as the day to day administration of the website. His research interests include theory of case and agreement, interrogatives, Japanese/Ryukyuan syntax.

For more information on Kunio Kinjo, see his website.

Database Design: Alexis Dimitriadis

ImageThe online database that Afranaph uses is a customized version of a family of databases designed by Alexis Dimitriadis. Alexis worked closely with the Afranaph staff to adapt his design to our needs, bringing both his technological and linguistic skills to bear, a combination that has been indispensable for the success of our project.

Alexis Dimitriadis obtained his M.A. degree in Mathematics from Portland State University, and the Ph.D. degree in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a senior research associate at the Utrecht institute of Linguistics OTS. He has participated in several technology-related projects, including the Berlin-Utrecht Reciprocals Survey, for which the software behind the Afranaph database was developed, and the Typological Database System. His primary research interests include the semantics and typology of reciprocals, anaphoric and pronominal reference, Greek linguistics, and Bantu linguistics.

For more information about Alexis Dimitriadis, please contact him via email.

Website Design: John Amodeo

ImageOur new website was designed by John Amodeo, who formerly served Rutgers University as both Associate Director of Information Technology (SAS/NB) from 2001-2006 and Manager of Computer Services from 1998-2001.  John currently works as an IT consultant specializing in internet marketing, website design, and social networking services for various commercial, government, and political entities.

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Current and Former Native Speaker Linguist Consultants*

Alex Iwara, University of Ibadan (Nigeria)
Angela Kioko, United States International University (Kenya)
Cyrille Ondoua Engon, no current affiliation information
Derib Ado, Addis Abbaba University (Ethiopia)
Edmond Biloa, University of Yaounde 1 (Cameroon)
Enoch Aboh, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Francis Ndi Wepngong, Leiden Univesity alumnuns (Netherlands)
Justine Sikuku, Moi University (Kenya)
Juvenal Ndayiragije, University of Toronto (Canada)
Kizitus Mpoche, University of Douala (Cameroon)
Lynn Kisembe, no current affiliation information
Nancy Kula, University of Essex (United Kingdom)
Noureddine Elouazizi, Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Oluseye Adesola, Yale University (USA)
Oumarou Boukari, University of Bayreuth (Germany)
Philip Ngessimo Mutaka, University of Yaounde 1 (Cameroon)
Pius Akumbu, University of Buea (Cameroon)
Pius Tamanji, University of Yaounde (Cameroon)
Ron Sylvester Simango, Rhodes University (South Africa)
Rose Aziza, Delta State University (Nigeria)
Rose Letsholo, University of Botswana (Botswana)
Willie Udo Willie, currently unaffiliated

*We only include here those who have completed an AQ response or who have sent us large enough portion of the AQ response to permit follow-up work to begin. There are many other consultants currently involved in the project whose names will be added when they pass that threshold.

 

Current Data Entry Specialists

Deepak Alok, graduate student at Rutgers University
Hazel Mitchley, graduate student at Rutgers University
Lydia Newkirk, graduate student at Rutgers University
Augustina Owusu, graduate student at Rutgers University
Nicholas Winter, graduate student at Rutgers University

Former Research Assistants

Ümit Atlamaz - 2015 - 2016 - is a graduate student in the department of Linguistics at Rutgers University. He was in charge of data entry management, the management of several cases and is overseeing new and current features for the website. His research interests include agreement, case and focused questions. For more information, see his website.

Vandana Bajaj - Spring 2014 - is a graduate student in the department of Linguistics at Rutgers University. She took over in Sprng 2014 and was in charge of data entry management, the management of several cases and the management of new and current features for the website. Her research interests include focus, the semantics-pragmatics interface and experimental methods. 

Atsushi Oho - Fall 2013 - is a graduate student in the department of Linguistics at Rutgers University. He was in charge of data entry management, the management of several cases and is overseeing new and current features for the website. His research interests include theoretical and experimental approaches to syntax, semantics, pragmatics and their interfaces.

Naga Selvanathan - 2012-2013 - is a graduate student in the department of Linguistics at Rutgers University. He was in charge of data entry management, the management of several cases and is overseeing new and current features for the website. His research interests include syntax and the syntax-semantics interface.

Matthew Barros - 2011-2012 - is a graduate student in the department of Linguistics at Rutgers University. He was in charge of data entry management from 2011 - 2012. He had taken over the management of several cases and oversaw new and current features for the website. His research interests include syntax and the syntax-semantics interface. For more information, please see his website.

Jeremy Perkins - 2010-2011 - Jeremy is an associate professor at the department of linguistics at the University of Aizu. He was in charge of data entry management from 2010-2011 and took over the management of several cases and new and current features for the website. His research interests include phonology and phonetics, and in particular, consonant-tone interaction.

Carlo Linares-Scarcerieau - 2008-2010 - See description above.

Michael O’Keefe
- 2007-2008 - Michael was a graduate student in the department of linguistics at Rutgers University. He made important contributions to the transition between the old and new websites, developed our glossing standards and procedures for database entry, and managed several cases, particularly Ibibio. His primary research interests have been in phonology, specifically tone, stress, and learnability, and in syntax, specifically reciprocals and anaphora. For more information, please visit his website.

Sarah E. Murray - 2006-2007 - Sarah is an assistant professor in the Linguistics Department at Cornell University and is a former graduate student at Rutgers University. In addition to her role as a research assistant, she made important contributions to the development of the new database and website and continues in an advisory role. Her primary research interests are in formal semantics, focusing on evidentials, the many varieties of anaphora (modal, temporal, in discourse, etc.), and fieldwork (Cheyenne). For more information, please visit her website .

Jessica Rett - 2005-2006 - After getting her Ph.D.in linguistics from Rutgers University in 2008, Jessica became an assistant professor at UCLA. For more information, please visit her website .

Oluseye Adesola - 2004-2005 - Oluseye remains an active member of the project as associate director (as above)