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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Christopher Green

Assistant Professor

Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Linguistic Studies

Modern Foreign Languages

330 HB Crouse Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Green specializes in prosodic phonology, the phonology-morphology interface, and field linguistics. His research has focused primarily on African languages, including those in the Mande, Cushitic, Dogon, Jarawan, and Bantu families. He is the former Principal Investigator of a NSF collaborative research grant that aims to describe the role of tone at the phonology-syntax interface in Luyia, a cluster of languages spoken in Kenya and Uganda. He has also recently completed a reference grammar of Somali. His published articles appear in both theoretical and area-specific venues and are on topics such as syllable structure, prosodic structure, tone, and wordhood.


LIN 201 - Nature and Study of Language
LIN 251 - English Words
LIN 301/601 - Introductory Linguistic Analysis
LIN 305/605 – Linguistic Structure of English
LIN 406/606 - Linguistic Field Methods
LIN 431/631 - Phonological Analysis
LIN 451/651 - Morphological Analysis
LIN 731 – Advanced Phonology


  • PhD, Linguistics, Indiana University, 2010
  • MA, Linguistics Indiana University, 2008
  • BS, Biochemistry, Florida State University, 2003
  • BM, Music Performance, Florida State University, 2003


  • Assistant Professor, Linguistics, Syracuse University (2016-present)
  • Associate Research Scientist, University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (2014-2016)
  • Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (2011-2014)

Selected Publications

  • Christopher R. Green. 2021. On the link between onset clusters and codas in Mbat (Jarawan Bantu). Natural Language & Linguistic Theory. 39(1), 97-122. doi:10.1007/s11049-020-09469-9.
  • Christopher R. Green. 2020. Harmony and disharmony in Mbat (Jarawan Bantu) verbs. Linguistique et langues africaines. 6, 43-72.
  • Christopher R. Green & Abbie E. Hantgan-Sonko. 2019. A feature geometric approach to Bondu-so vowel harmony. Glossa 4(1), 35. doi:10.5334/gjgl.793.
  • Christopher R. Green & Michelle E. Morrison. 2018. On the morphophonology of domains in Somali verbs and nouns. Brill's Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics 10(2), 200-237. doi: 10.1163/18776930-01002002.
  • Christopher R. Green 2018. A survey of word-level replacive tonal patterns in Western Mande. Mandenkan 59, 67-108.
  • Samuel G. Obeng & Christopher R. Green (eds.). 2017. African linguistics in the 21st century: Essays in honor of Paul Newman. Grammatical analyses of African languages, Volume 55. Cologne: Rudiger Koppe.
  • Christopher R. Green & Michael C. Dow. 2017. The morphophonology of animate and inanimate nouns in Najamba (Dogon). In Samuel G. Obeng & Christopher R. Green (eds.), African linguistics in the 21st century: Essays in honor of Paul Newman, 57-69. Cologne: Rudiger Koppe.
  • Christopher R. Green & Jennifer Hill Boutz. 2016. A prosodic perspective on the assignment of tonal melodies to Arabic loanwords in Bambara. Mandenkan 56, 29-76.
  • Christopher R. Green & Michelle E. Morrison. 2016. Somali wordhood and its relationship to prosodic structure. Morphology 26(1), 3-32.
  • Christopher R. Green. 2015. The foot domain in Bambara. Language 91(1), e1-e26.
  • Kristopher Ebarb, Christopher R. Green & Michael R. Marlo. 2014. Luyia tonal melodies. Africana Linguistica 20, 121-143.
  • Christopher R. Green, Stuart Davis, Boubacar Diakite & Karen Baertsch. 2014. On the role of margin phonotactics in Colloquial Bambara complex syllables. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 32(2), 499-536.
  • Christopher R. Green, Jonathan C. Anderson & Samuel G. Obeng. 2013. Interacting tonal processes in Susu. Mandenkan 50, 61-84.
  • Christopher R. Green. 2013. Formalizing the prosodic word domain in Bambara tonology. Journal of West African Languages 40(1), 3-20.


Course to Develop 'Grammatical Sketch' of West African Language

(Dec. 8, 2017)

Assistant Professor Christopher Green to offer study of the African language in his spring semester course, “Field Methods in Linguistics.”

Summer Linguistics Boot Camp Immerses Students in African Luyia Languages

(April 18, 2017)

During this new summer course, students will review transcripts of the African Luyia languages