Doris L. Payne
Department of Linguistics
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-3894 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publications: Chronological or Topical
Nilotic Language Network
Maasai Language Project
Education & Professional Positions
Field work: Primarily in urban Los Angeles, the Peruvian rainforest, the Venezuelan savannah, and urban/rural Kenya.
My research has focused on morphosyntax of little-studied languages, from typological, functional, and cognitive perspectives. A particular interest has been verb-initial languages (Yagua,Panare,Maasai, some Austronesian), and those where order of major consituents is based primarily on cognitive - pragmatic factors such as identifiability and contrastive focus (O'odham or Papago). However, I have also worked on fairly rigid grammatical relations languages (Chickasaw), and various South American languages. A growing research question is split syntax. Additional interests include sentence and discourse processingissues in verb-initial languages, the function of grammatical forms in discourse, and external possession. I have had the priviledge of collaborating in study of additional languages with other investigators. Most recently, I have been studying Maasai verb properties and working on a Maasai dictionary with several students.
Education & professional positions
1974 B.S. Mathematics Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
1976 M.A. Linguistics University of Texas at Arlington
1985 Ph.D. Linguistics University of California at Los Angeles
1985-1986 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
1986-1987 Research Associate for research in Venezuela, Department of Linguistics,
University of Oregon
1987-1993 Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
1993-2002 Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
2002- Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
1994- International Linguistics Consultant, Summer Institute of Linguistics
1997-1999 Chair, Department of Linguistics, University of Oregon
2008- Director, African Studies, University of Oregon
Since 1974 I have worked with the Summer Institute of Linguistics and normally teach in the Oregon Summer Institute of Linguistics program. In summer 1998, for example, I led an introductory field methods course on Lunda (Bantu of Zambia), with Boniface Kawasha who is beginning a graduate program in Linguistics at Oregon.
Since 1995 I have collaborated on a Maasai dictionary and text data base with the Maasai Cultural Center, with native Maasai speakers Leonard Kotikash and Kimeli Ole-Naiyomah and others, and students at the University of Oregon (Duke Allen, Austin Bush, Mitsuyo Hamaya, Kent Rasmussen, Cindy Schneider and others).