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I am a linguist with more than 13 years experience working in the Basse‑Casamance area of Southern Senegal. I obtained my PhD from SOAS, University of London in 2008, and worked as a Research Assistant and then as a Lecturer at the University of Manchester between 2008 and 2012. Following this, I worked  as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Surrey from 2012 to 2015. I am currently Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Surrey and the University of Manchester (UK).

Much of my research has focused on Jóola languages, particularly Eegimaa (also called Banjal) and other languages of the Atlantic family of the Niger Congo phylum.

My main research interests lie in the areas of:

  • Linguistic typology
  • Morphosyntax
  • Language Documentation
  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Lexical semantics
  • Language contact

I am particularly interested in nominal and verbal classification systems and how morphosyntactic classification reflects semantic categorisation.

My work in language documentation includes providing a record of aspects of social organisation and traditional ethno‑biological knowledge, as well as contributing to inter‑disciplinary research.

Contact information: eakkut [at] gmail.com