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Name: David  Roberts
Institution: Independent Researcher
Email: click here to access email
State and/or Country: Togo   
Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
Specialty: Tone Orthography
Subject Language(s): Kabiyè
Language Family(ies): Gur
Selected Publications: ROBERTS, David & Steven L. WALTER (forthcoming): 'Writing meaning rather than sound in the orthographies of tone languages'. In Written Language and Literacy.

(forthcoming): Parlons le kabiyè. Harmattan, Paris.

ROBERTS, David (in press): 'Autosegmental and pedagogical considerations in preparation for a tone orthography experiment.' Journal of West African Languages 38:2, 87-106.

ROBERTS, David (2011): 'The development of Kabiye and its status as one of the 'national' languages of Togo'. In Ochien Orwenjo and Obiero Ogone (eds), Language and Politics in Africa: Contemporary Issues and Critical Perspectives, 468-494. Newcastle-on-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

ROBERTS, David (2011): 'A tone orthography typology'. In Written Language and Literacy 14:1, 82–108.

ROBERTS, David (2010): 'Hidden morpheme boundaries in Kabiye: a source of miscues in a toneless orthography.' Writing Systems Research. 2:2 139-153.

ROBERTS, David (2010): 'Exploring written ambiguities can help assess where to mark tone'. In Writing Systems Research. 2:1, 25-40.

ROBERTS, David (2009): 'Visual crowding and the tone orthography of African languages'. In Written Language & Literacy 12:1, 140-155.

ROBERTS, David (2008): 'Thirty years of tone orthography testing in West African languages (1977-2007)'. In Journal of West African Languages 35:1-2, 199-242.

ROBERTS, David (2008): 'The two Kabiye orthographies: a sociolinguistic and linguistic comparison'. In Written Language & Literacy, 11(1): 49-72.

ROBERTS, David (2005): 'The variable status of nasals as tone bearing units in Kabiye'. In Tone systems in African languages, ed. Rose Juliet Anyanwu, Frankfurter Afrikanistiche Blätter, 17, 155-178. Cologne, Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.

ROBERTS, David (2003): 'Tone spreading in the Kabiye associative noun phrase. In Gur Papers 6: Proceedings of the 3rd Gur colloque, Kara, 19 - 22 February 2001, eds. Manfred von Roncador, Kerstin Winkelmann and Ulrich Kleinwillinghöfer. Bayreuth, University of Bayreuth, Germany. Download.

ROBERTS, David (2003): Review of Lébikaza (1999) Grammaire kabiyè une analyse systématique : phonologie, tonologie et morphosyntaxe. In Journal of African Languages and Linguistics 24(2): 202-204.
Courses Taught: Tonologie des langues africaines, SIL Togo, 10 - 28 May 2010
Language Programmes Planning and Implementation, ETP UK, 30 March – 9 April 2009 (MA programme in Linguistics and Literacy validated by the University of Middlesex)
Intercultural Communication, ETP UK, 8 – 10 December 2008 (MA programme in Linguistics and Literacy validated by the University of Middlesex))
Analyse grammaticale des langues africaines, SIL Togo, 2 – 13 July 2007
Language and Culture Acquisition, ETP UK, 7-18 July 2003
Techniques d’apprentissage des langues, ETP France, 4 August – 12 September 2003
Introduction to Language Studies, ETP UK, 30 July – 1 August 2001
Principes de traduction, SIL Togo, 16 – 26 May, 2000
Orthographe des langues africaines, SIL Togo, 31 July – 28 August 2000
Language and Culture Acquisition, ETP UK, 9 July – 28 August 1998
Dissertation Abstract: L'orthographe du ton en kabiyè au banc d'essai
Academic Paper Abstract: The Two Kabiye Orthographies: A sociolinguistic and linguistic comparison
Tonal Processes in the Kabiye Verb Phrase
The Variable Status of Nasals as Tone Bearing Units in Kabiye
The Tone Bearing Unit in Kabiye: Syllable or mora?
L'orthographe du ton : nouvelles approches méthodologiques
Pour une troisième voie dans la graphie tonale des langues africaines : le cas du kabiyè
La graphie tonale des langues africaines à la lumière de la psychologie cognitive de la lecture
Thirty Years of Tone Orthography Testing in West African languages (1977-2007)
Visual Crowding and the Tone Orthography of African Languages
A Tone Orthography Typology
Writing Meaning Rather Than Sound in the Orthographies of Tone Languages
Hidden Morpheme Boundaries in Kabiye: A source of miscues in a toneless orthography
Autosegmental and Pedagogical Considerations in Preparation for a Tone Orthography Experiment
Exploring Written Ambiguities Can Help Assess Where to Mark Tone

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