Presentations

2015

8th World Congress of African Linguistics. “Nominal and verbal number in Gújjolaay Eegimaa/Banjal (Atlantic, Niger‑Congo)”. Kyoto University, Japan, 24 August.

11th Meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology. “Overt verb classification in an African noun class system”. University of New Mexico, USA, 3 August.

2014

Gender and classifiers: cross linguistic perspectives. “This is where you put it: shape in the categorisation of body parts in the Gújjolaay Eegimaa noun class/gender system”. University of Surrey, UK, 17 January.

2014

Syntax of the World’s Languages 6. “Valency, transitivity, and voice in Jóola Banjal (a.k.a Gújjolaay Eegimaa” (with Alain Christian Bassène, Denis Creissels and Serge Sagna). University of Pavia, Italy, 8-10 September.

5th UK cognitive Linguistics Conference. “Related categorisations of entities and events in the Gújjolaay Eegimaa noun class system”. Lancaster University, UK, 29 July.

45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. “Transitivity hierarchy distinctions in non-finite verbs of classes e- and ja- in Gújjolaay Eegimaa”. University of Kansas, USA, 19 April.

2013                           

Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 4. “Taxonomic hierarchies in Gújjolaay Eegimaa: how helpful are Berlin’s universal criteria”? SOAS (University of London), UK, 7 December.

Plants, animal and words: a multidisciplinary workshop. “Exploring linguistic and taxonomic classification of plants in Gújjolaay Eegimaa”. SOAS (University of London), UK, 2 September (Invited – Keynote speaker).

 54th Linguistic Association of Great Britain Annual General Meeting. “Aspects of the categorization of non-finite verbs in Gújjolaay Eegimaa”. SOAS, University of London, UK, 30 August.

10th Meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology. “Syntactic and semantic agreement in the Gújjolaay Eegimaa noun class system”. Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig), Germany, 15 August.

43rd Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics. “Variations in transitivity hierarchy between non‑finite verbs in classes e– and ba– in Gújjolaay Eegimaa/Banjal”. Leiden University, The Netherlands, 26 August.

Endangered Languages Week – Africa Day. “Why are they named after death? Proper names in Gújjolaay Eegimaa”. SOAS (University of London), UK, 20 May.

3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation.            “Documenting Ethnobotanical knowledge among Gújjolaay Eegimaa speakers”. University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA, 1 March.

South East Morphology Meeting. “The morphophonology of noun class markers in Gújjolaay Eegimaa and other Jóola languages”. University of Surrey, UK, 25 January.

2011

3rd Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory. “Semantic categorisations in the Gújjolaay Eegimaa collectives and distributives”.  SOAS (University of London), 20 November.

2010

Departmental seminar series (Linguistic Colloquium). “Overt verb classification in Gújjolaay Eegimaa (Banjal)”. Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 7 December (Invited).

40th Colloquium on African languages and linguistics. “Number and noun class in Gújjolaay Eegimaa”. University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 24 August.

Categorizing Human Experience: Classification in Languages and Knowledge Systems – COST Action 31 (Stability and Adaptation of Classification Systems in a Cross-Cultural Perspective ‑ Final Conference). “Towards a Typology of Overt Verb Classification” (with Eva Schultze-Berndt). Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales – Paris, France, 15‑16 May.

People classifying people – COST Action 31 (Stability and Adaptation of Classification Systems in a Cross-Cultural Perspective). “The classification of humans in Gújjolaay Eegimaa”. The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 6-7 March.

The uses of systems of grammatical classification – COST Action 31 (Stability and Adaptation of Classification Systems in a Cross-Cultural Perspective). “The semantic bases of noun class 9 ga- in Gújjolaay Eegimaa”. Åarhus University, Denmark, 5-7 February.

2009

50th Linguistic Association of Great Britain (LAGB) – “Noun class semantics in Gújjolaay Eegimaa”.  The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 6-8 September.

2007

10th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference. “Do Noun class markers classify verbs in Gújjolaay Eegimaa?”. Krakow University, Poland, 15-20 July.

2007

Atlantic languages, typological or genetic unit? “Noun class semantics in Gújjolaay Eegimaa: body parts semantics”. University of Hamburg, Germany, 17‑18 February.

2006

The Representation of Actions, States and Events in Classification Systems, Universals and Typological Diversity.  “The semantics of the use of noun class markers with verb stems in Gújjolaay Eegimaa”. Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 8-10 December.

2006

36th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics. “The semantics of classes 5 bu-/bi- & ba- ; 7 fu-/fi- & fa- and 9 ga-.” Leiden University, The Netherlands, 28-30 August.

2005

35th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics. “The ‘postpréfixe’ and noun class assignment in Gújjolaay Eegimaa”. Leiden University, The Netherlands, 29-31 August.