Afranaph Project Board of Directors
Vicki Carstens is Professor and Chair of Linguistics at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her research area is generativist syntax, with a focus on African languages. Much of her work explores the theoretical implications of agreement and word order phenomena within the framework of Noam Chomsky's Minimalist framework. Her articles have appeared in the journals Linguistic Inquiry, Syntax, The Linguistic Review, and Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. (See published works.)
Michael Diercks is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Pomona College. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 2010. His main research interests include syntactic and morphological theory and the syntax and morphosyntax of languages of East Africa, mainly on the Luyia subgroup of Bantu languages. He has worked on the empirical domains of inversion constructions, object marking, complementizer agreement, and hyper-raising constructions, addressing theoretical questions about agreement, noun phrase licensing, and locality in syntax. His research has been published in venues like Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Lingua, Linguistic Inquiry, and Studies in African Linguistics.
Claire Halpert is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she has worked since receiving her Ph.D. from MIT in 2012. Her research has focused on topics including case, agreement, A-movement, counterfactuality, and clausal complementation. Professor Halpert has explored these topics primarily through the lens of her site-based research on the Bantu language Zulu; she has been working with Zulu speakers in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, since 2006. Since 2011, her work has focused on the variety of Zulu spoken by speakers in Durban, South Africa. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2011, 2012, and 2015 and was an instructor at the African Linguistics School in 2011 and 2013.
Ruth Kramer is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University. Her research concerns syntax, morphology, and the relationship between them, including topics like gender, number, syncretisms, clitic doubling, and agreement. She conducts research almost entirely on languages from the Afroasiatic language family, with a special focus on Amharic (Ethiosemitic). She published a monograph The Morphosyntax of Gender in 2015 with Oxford University Press, and her publications have appeared in such journals as Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistic Inquiry, Syntax, Language and Linguistics Compass, and The Journal of Afroasiatic Languages. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and she has been Associate Director of Afroasiatic Languages at Afranaph since 2012.
Justine Mukhwana Sikuku is a Senior Lecturer in the department of linguistics and Foreign Languages at Moi University, Kenya. He received his Ph.D. from The University of Nairobi in 2011. Between August and November 2011, he was a post-doctoral associate in the department of linguistics at Rutgers University. His research interests are in syntax and morphology, particularly in the nature of syntactic anaphora of African languages, as evidenced by his dissertation on the nature of anaphoric relations in Lubukusu. He is also the native speaker consultant on Lubukusu for the Afranaph project, and the Afranaph Sister Projects.
Jenneke van der Wal is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, and project leader of the NWO Vidi project 'Bantu Syntax and Information Structure .' After obtaining her Ph.D. degree at the same institute in 2009, she worked on grammaticalisation at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Belgium), was part of the ERC project ‘Rethinking Comparative Syntax‘ at the University of Cambridge, and taught at Harvard University. Her research combines finding new data on Bantu languages with developing theories on the interface between syntax and information structure.
Director: Ken Safir, Rutgers University
For more information about Ken Safir, please see his website.
Associate Director: Oluseye Adesola, Yale University
For more information about Oluseye Adesola, please see his website.
Associate Director for Francophone-based Documentation: Hannah Sande
Associate Director for Afroasiatic Languages: Ruth Kramer
For more information about Ruth Kramer, please see her website.
Research Assistant and Assistant Director: Augustina Owusu
Augustina Owusu is a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at Rutgers University. She is appointed as a research assistant for Fall 2017-Spring 2018 and Fall 2018-Spring 2019. She will oversee the data entry policing, as well as the day to day administration of the website. Her research interests include tense and aspect in Akan syntax.
For more information on Augustina Owusu, see her website
Database Design: Alexis Dimitriadis
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
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 Ababa University (Ethiopia)
Edmond Biloa, University of Yaounde 1 (Cameroon)
Enoch Aboh, University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Francis Ndi Wepngong, Leiden Univesity alumnus (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)
Obed Broohm , University of Verona(Italy)
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
Nicholas Winter, graduate student at Rutgers University