UMR 8135 CNRS - INaLCO

Rebecca (Becky) PATERSON

Postdoctoral Researcher, Discourse Reporting in African Storytelling.
A project funded by European Research Council hosted in CNRS at le laboratoire LLACAN.
Doctorate in linguistics from the University of Oregon.

Education

Academic appointments

Teaching experience

International mobility and field research

Service

Additional training

Other experience

Publications

Fellowships and funding

Awards and honors

Conference activity

Other presentations

Language proficiencies

Professional memberships

Education

  • 2019: Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
    Advisor, Prof. Doris L. Payne, Ph.D.
    Dissertation: Nominalization and predication in U̠ t-Ma'in
  • 2007: M.A. in Linguistics, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, USA
    Advisor, Prof. Keith Snider, D. Litt.
    Thesis: The noun class system of ut-Ma’in, a West Kainji language of Northwestern Nigeria
  • 2001: B.Sc. in Biblical Studies, Cairn University, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, USA

Academic appointments

  • 9/2019 – present: Postdoctoral researcher, CNRS-LLACAN (UMR 8135), Villejuif, France
    Project: Discourse reporting in African storytelling
    Principal Investigator: Tatiana Nikitina, Ph.D.
  • 11/2019–present: Linguistics Consultant, SIL International – Africa Area

Teaching experience

Canada Institute of Linguistics, Langley, British Columbia

  • Writing instructor, Masterclass in grammatical description (9 wks, Summer ‘20)

Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon

  • Teaching Assistant and Discussion Leader, Morphology and Syntax (Fall ‘12 & Fall ‘18)
  • Instructor of record, Structure of English Words (Winter ‘13)
  • Teaching Assistant, Structure of English Words (Fall, Winter, Spring ’15-‘16)
  • Teaching Assistant and Discussion Leader, Language and Power (Spring ‘17)
  • Teaching Assistant and Discussion Leader, Intro. to Linguistic Analysis (Spring ‘13)

American English Institute, University of Oregon

  • Instructor of record, Oral Communication Skills Level 2 (Winter ‘14)
  • Instructor of record, Listening and Note taking Level 4 (Fall ‘17, Winter ‘18)
  • Instructor of record, Oral Communication Skills Level 6 (Fall, Winter, Spring ‘14-‘15)
  • Instructor of record, Introduction to Academic Writing (Fall ‘13, Spring ‘14)

Department of Linguistics, University of North Dakota

  • Instructor of record, Linguistic Field Methods (Summer ‘09 & ‘10)
  • Teaching Assistant, Linguistic Field Methods (Summer ‘08)
  • Teaching Assistant and Discussion Leader, Syntax and Morphology I (Summer ‘05)
  • Teaching Assistant, Tone Analysis (Summer ‘13)

Department of Linguistics, Payap University

  • Visiting Instructor, Cognitive Semantics (Fall ‘07)

International Course in Applied Linguistics, NBTT, Jos, Nigeria

  • Teaching Assistant, Phonetics and Phonology (Summer ‘06)

International mobility and field research

  • Northern Nigeria – U̠ t-Ma'in (Kainji, Benue-Congo) fieldwork 12 months on location in Niger State, Nigeria. 4/2005, 11/2005, 2-3/2006, 8/2006, 10/2006, 2/2007, 8-9/2013, 3/2017, 8-9/2017. Data elicitation, collecting oral literature, transcription and translation of texts, grammar analysis. Development of adult reading primer for use by bilingual speakers literate in Hausa. Language data formed the basis for my master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation. Most recent visits in 2017 funded by the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research and the Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon. Ongoing collaboration with local speakers and other linguists working on Kainji languages.
  • Northern Nigeria – Pipero (Chadic, Afro-Asiatic) fieldwork 6 months on location in Gombe State, Nigeria. 1/2005, 9/2005, 1/2006, 5/2006, 9/2006, 1/2007. Orthography checking and testing. Translation adviser to team of native speaker translators. Development of adult reading primer for use by bi/trilingual speakers literate in Hausa and/or English. Supervisor, Katherine Barnwell, Ph.D.
  • Northern Nigeria Resident in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, from December 2004 through April 2007.
  • Guerrero State, Mexico 11/2010 – 1/2011 and 3/2011 – 4/2011. Logistics support role for language documentation project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA) Project: Documenting the Me'phaa genus. Principal Investigator: Steven A. Marlett, Ph.D.
  • Chiang Mai, Thailand 8/2007 – 11/2007 Visiting Instructor, Payap University, Department of Linguistics.
    2/2003 – 3/2003 Volunteer, Language Survey Department, MSEAG, SIL International.
    8/2002 – 2/2003 Volunteer, Foster Home Supervisor, Cummins Group Home

Service

  • Ad hoc peer reviewer, Afrika und Übersee (2021)
  • Reviewer of symposium articles, Payap Research Symposium, Linguistics Department, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand (November/December 2020)
  • Hiring committee for two predoctoral researchers and two postdoctoral researchers, Discourse reporting in African storytelling, LLACAN-CNRS (2019-2020)
  • Ad hoc peer reviewer, Ghana Journal of Linguistics (2013)
  • Co-Chair , Graduate Linguists of Oregon Student Society (GLOSS), University of Oregon (2012–2014)
  • Scholarship committee, Department of Linguistics, University of North Dakota (2009–2010)

Additional training

  • 2019: CLITIC=S (Competent Linguists Training in Consulting Skills). SIL International, Chiang Mai, Thailand. 5–10 September.
  • 2015: Master Class: Elicitation and Documentation of Tense and Aspect. 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, University of Hawaii, Manoa. 2 March.
  • 2015: Master Class: Elicitation and Documentation of Tone. 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, University of Hawaii, Manoa. 1 March.
  • 2011: StrengthsFinder: Strengths Coach-Training for Individuals and Teams. SIL International, Dallas, Texas USA. 11–14 July.
  • 2011: Course in Language Documentation. Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, Dallas, Texas. 7 January – 1 February.
  • 2010: Life-long Learning for Leaders: Leadership Development Training. SIL Americas Area, Panama City, Panama. 11–15 October.
  • 2006: Translation Consultant Trainee Seminar. Nigeria Bible Translation Trust, Jos, Nigeria. 1–12 May.
  • 2004: Learning that Lasts: Participatory Methods in Training. SIL International, Dallas, Texas USA. 1–7 December.

Other experience

  • 9/2013–9/2019: Linguist, SIL International, Oregon, USA/Jos, Nigeria
  • 9/2012–6/2019: Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, Eugene
  • 9/2010–8/2012: Professional Development Coordinator, SIL Americas Area, Dallas, TX
  • 1/2009–5/2009: Instructor, Center of English Language, Dallas TX USA
  • 6/2005–8/2013: Instructor, Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota (9wk summer terms, MA program)
  • 8/2007–12/2007: Visiting Instructor, Department of Linguistics, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 9/2004–12/2007: Translation and Linguistics Consultant Intern, The Seed Company, Texas, USA/Nigeria/Thailand

Publications

Refereed Journal Article

Refereed Book Chapter

  • 2015: Narrative uses of the U̱ t-Ma'in (Kainji) Bare Verb form. In Doris L. Payne and Shahar Shirtz (eds.), Beyond aspect: The expression of discourse functions in African languages (Typological Studies in Language 109), 219–248. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/tsl.109.08pat.

Chapter in Edited Volume

  • 2012: Semantics of U̠ t-Ma'in noun classes. In Roger Blench and Stuart McGill (eds.), Advances in minority language research in Nigeria, volume 1, 226-258. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe.

Fellowships and funding

  • 2012-2019: Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Department of Linguistics & American English Institute, University of Oregon.
  • 2016: Fellowship in the Collection of Oral Literature and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research. Documenting Oral Literature of the U̠ t-Ma'in Language.
  • 2016: Research Grant, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon. Her voice: Documenting the language of women speakers of the U̠ t-Ma'in language (Nigeria).

Awards and honors

  • 2015: Travel Grant, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
  • 2014: Jacqueline Schachter Outstanding Conference Presentation Award, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
  • 2014: Travel Grant, American English Institute, University of Oregon
  • 2013: Travel Grant, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
  • 2007: MA Scholarship, Department of Linguistics, University of North Dakota
  • 2001-2005: General Scholarship, Department of Linguistics, University of North Dakota
  • 1999-2001: Merit Scholarship, Cairn University
  • 1999: Leadership Scholarship, Cairn University

Conference activity

Conferences/Panels Organized

  • 2021: Panel co-organizer “Exploring the logophoric continuum” with Abbie Hantgan-Sanko and Rebecca Voll (LLACAN-CNRS). 4th Symposium on West African Languages. Università degli Studi di Napoli “L'Orientale”. 22–24 September. Originally scheduled for 23–25 September 2020; postponed due to Covid-19.
  • 2015: Student Organizer and abstract reviewer, 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Oregon.

Papers Presented

  • 2021: An unattested person-alignment U̱ t-Maꞌin with possible logophoric function in panel “Exploring the logophoric continuum”. 4th Symposium on West African Languages. Università degli Studi di Napoli “L'Orientale”. 22–24 September. Originally scheduled for 23–25 September 2020; postponed due to Covid-19.
  • 2021: Clause final negation and double negation in Northwest Kainji. 51st & 52nd (combined) Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Florida. 8–10 April. Originally accepted for 51st ACAL scheduled for 21–24 May 2020 at Rutgers University; postponed due to Covid-19.
  • 2021: Songs: Language Choice and Verbal Art. 7th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, University of Hawaiʻi. Available online: https://icldc7.sched.com/event/hgyn/paper-qa-session-25. 4 March.
  • 2021: Building Multilingual Comparable Corpora, with Abbie Hantgan and Christian Chanard. 7th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, University of Hawaiʻi. Available online: https://icldc7.sched.com/event/hgye/paper-qa-session-34. 4 March.
  • 2020: U̱ t-Maꞌin Reported Speech Constructions. The grammatical variation of reported speech across languages: A data-oriented workshop. University of Helsinki. 12 November.
  • 2020: Marked nominative alignment from reanalyzed relative clauses: Towards an explanation of prefixes and suffixes in Northwest Kainji argument marking. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Available online: https://osf.io/be46p. Hosted by the University of Bucharest, Romania. 26 August.
  • 2015: The associative phrase in U̠ t-Ma'in. 46th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Oregon. 27 March.
  • 2015: Gamification of rapid word collection, with Amos Teo and Timbwaoga Aime Judicaël Ouermi. 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, University of Hawaiʻi. 27 February.
  • 2015: Contribution of women to linguistic vitality in northwestern Nigeria. 4th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation, University of Hawaiʻi. 27 February.
  • 2015: Describing Moore: A language of Burkina Faso, with Sara Pacchiarotti and Amos Teo. Poster presented at the 6th Annual Graduate Research Forum, University of Oregon. 20 February.
  • 2014: Verbal categories in U̠ t-Ma'in, a Kainji language of Nigeria. 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, University of Kansas. 17 April.
  • 2013: Discourse function of marked and unmarked verbs in U̠ t-Ma'in narrative. In workshop on “Aspect and Discourse in African Languages” at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Split University, Croatia. 18 September.

Other presentations

  • 2020: The grammar of reported speech: Introduction to reported speech phenomena and the Discourse Reporting project mini-questionnaire. 75-minute workshop session. The workshop in grammatical description, Canada Institute of Linguistics, Langley, BC, Canada. 4 August.
  • 2020: Ubiquitous association in U̠ t-Ma'in. Summer Colloquia Series, Canada Institute of Linguistics, Langley, British Columbia, Canada. 28 July.
  • 2020: Verb forms and what they “mean”: The dangers of relying on elicited material in linguistic description. 75-minute workshop session. The workshop in grammatical description, Canada Institute of Linguistics, Langley, BC, Canada. 14 July.
  • 2020: Organizing a grammatical description based on both form and function: A case study of organizing a written description of U̠ t-Ma'in nonverbal predication. 75-minute workshop session, The workshop in grammatical description, Canada Institute of Linguistics, Langley, BC, Canada. 30 June.
  • 2019: Nominalization and predication in U̠ t-Ma'in. Doctoral dissertation defense, University of Oregon. 7 August.
  • 2018: Development of U̠ t-Ma'in progressive constructions. Colloquia Series, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon. 11 May.
  • 2017: Development of the U̠ t-Ma'in progressive. Workshop: Language Documentation and Revitalization, University of Oregon. 30 November.
  • 2014: Functions of nominalization in U̠ t-Ma'in. Field Linguistics Working Group University of Oregon. 22 October.
  • 2013: Formation of verbs in U̠ t-Ma'in. Field Linguistics Working Group, University of Oregon. 5 November.
  • 2011: Fieldworks Language Explorer as a dictionary development tool. International Workshop on Fieldworks Software, University of Malaysia, Sabah. 17–19 October. (Invited, 15 hours of instruction)
  • 2007: The noun class system of U̠ t-Ma'in, a West Kainji language of Northwestern Nigeria. Thesis defense. University of North Dakota. 31 July.
  • 2007: Research on U̠ t-Ma’in noun classes. Jos Linguistic Circle, Nigeria. 28 March.
  • 2006: Nominalization in U̠ t-Ma’in. Linguistics Seminar, Jos, Nigeria. 18 December.

Language proficiencies

  • English – native
  • Hausa (Chadic, Afro-Asiatic) – intermediate (speaking/reading/structural knowledge)
  • U̱ t-Ma'in (Kainji, Benue-Congo) – speaking/structural knowledge | 12 months fieldwork
  • Mòoré (Gur, Niger-Congo) – structural knowledge | 9 months field methods course
  • Pipero (Chadic, Afro-Asiatic) – structural knowledge | 6 months fieldwork
  • German – basic (reading) | 2 years undergraduate coursework
  • French – beginner

Professional memberships

  • Association for Contemporary African Linguistics
  • Societas Linguistica Europaea