Assistant Professor

Department of English

University of Missouri

My research covers the description, classification and history of African languages spoken in Sub-Saharan Africa and more specifically Niger-Congo languages (including Bantoid and Bantu languages) with particular interest to classifications using phylogenetic methods. I try to understand human migrations by combining linguistic, geographical, palaeoclimate and simulated data.

Moreover, as a historical linguist, I am also collecting and analysing linguistic data for several language families (Indo-European, Polynesian, Semitic, Japonic and Turkic) in order to study linguistic changes.


septembre 23, 2019

May 2019 – ACAL Vancouver

Co-organisation of a workshop entitled « Languages of Cameroon” with my colleague Derek Nurse, during the 50th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 50), Vancouver, 23-25 May […]
janvier 15, 2018

September 2017

Our book « Relative Clauses in Cameroonian Languages – Structure, Function and Semantics » is finally out! More information here!
mai 21, 2017

May 2017

Publication in Science with my colleagues Etienne Patin and Lluis Quintana-Murci (from Paris) of the paper entitled ‘Dispersals and genetic adaptation of Bantu-speaking populations in Africa […]
octobre 3, 2016

African Interdisciplinary Studies Hub – University of Missouri

Invited talk at the African Interdisciplinary Studies Hub, University of Missouri.
octobre 3, 2016

ASH Scholars – University of Missouri

Funding of the project « Documenting Luyia Together: Varieties of the Luyia language cluster of western Kenya: Bukusu, Tiriki, and Wanga », under the direction of Dr. Michael […]
janvier 9, 2015

University of Missouri

Visit to the University of Missouri (in Columbia, MO) where I was invited to give two talks. The first one entitled « Bantu population dispersal shows preference […]
janvier 9, 2015

September 2015

Publication with my colleagues from Reading: Simon Branford, Andrew Meade, Chris Venditti, Mark Pagel and with my colleague Koen Bostoen from Ghent University of a paper […]
janvier 9, 2015

June 2015

Publication with Koen Bostoen (Ghent University), Bernard Clist (Ghent University), Charles Doumenge (Campus international de Baillarguet, Montpellier), Jean-Marie Hombert (CNRS Lyon), Joseph Koni Muluwa (Ghent University), […]
décembre 23, 2014

September 2014

Co-organisation of a workshop with my colleagues from the University of Reading (Evolutionary Biology Group): Annemarie Verkerk and Simon Branford. This workshop entitled « Language diversity and […]
décembre 23, 2014

October 2013

Publication with Koen Bostoen (Ghent University) and Joseph Kuni Muluwa (Ghent University) of an article called « Climate-induced vegetation dynamics and the Bantu expansion: evidence from Bantu […]

University of Missouri-Columbia

Columbia, MO 65211, United States

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