Fidele Mpiranya

Fidèle Mpiranya

Lecturer of Swahili
Rosenwald Hall 201C
(773) 702-8528

My teaching interests are language classes in Swahili and Bantu linguistics.  My research is on phonology and morphosyntax of Bantu languages in a historical and comparative perspective, or focusing on individual languages, especially Kinyarwanda and Kiswahili.  The theoretical framework I use is based on Martinet's functional theory and Optimality Theory.  Some of my collaborative studies in phonology use experimental methods as well.

Recent Publications 
  • "Tone in Kinyarwanda and Kirundi: remarks on negative verbal forms". Paper presented at "Tones and Features: A Symposium to Honor Nick Clements", Paris June 18-19, 2009 (with John Goldsmith).
  • "An articulatory view of Kinyarwanda's sibilant harmony", in Phonology, vol. 25, pp.499-535 (with Rachel Walker and Dani Byrd).
  • "An articulatory view of Kinyarwanda’s sibilant harmony", to appear in Phonology (with Rachel Walker and Dani Byrd).
  • "On context-driven agreement and selective vowel height harmony in Bantu".  Paper presented at The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, University of Chicago, May 3-5, 2007.
  • "On triggers and opacity in coronal harmony", in Proceedings of Berkeley Linguistic Society 2005 (with Rachel Walker).
  • "Kinyarwanda sibilant harmony and coronal opacity".  Paper presented at the annual meeting of GLOW, Geneva, Switzerland; March 29th, 2005 - April 2nd, 2005 (with Rachel Walker).
  • "Renforcement de l'initiale et dépression prosodique: Evolution vocalique dans quelques langues bantu du Nord-Ouest", inLinguistique Africaine, 23, pp.123-170, Paris. 2003.
  • "Spirantisation et fusion vocalique en bantu: essai d'interprétation fonctionnelle", in Linguistique Africaine n°18. pp.51-77, 1997.
  • Perspective fonctionnelle en linguistique comparée des langues bantu. C.E.L, Lyon; distributed by Editions Klincksieck, Paris. 1998.
  • Swahili phonology reconsidered in a diachronical perspective.  East African Languages and Dialects, Vol.4.  Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag. 1995.

PhD in Linguistics, Université Lyon 3, 1996