Jeffrey Heath

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Jeffrey Heath


Office Location(s): 418 Lorch
Phone: 734.764.0353
Fax: 734.936.3406
Dogon project

  • Fields of Study
    • Morphology
    • Prosody (tonosyntax, grammaticalized intonation)
    • Cognitive linguistics, lexical semantics
    • NW and W Africa (Dogon, Songhay, Tamashek, spoken Arabic)
    • Language Contact
    • Jokes, advertising
  • About

    Jeff Heath is a holistic field linguist with many years of fieldwork on (in chronological order) Australian Aboriginal languages, Maghrebi Arabic, Songhay languages of Mali, Tamashek (Berber), and since 2004 in a multimedia project on the 20 odd Dogon languages of Mali.

    • 2013-16 National Science Foundation continuation grant, "Dogon and Bangime completion"
    • 2011-12 Guggenheim fellowship
    • 2006-9 National Science Foundation continuation grant, "Dogon languages of Mali";\
    • 2004-6 National Endowment for the Humanities grant, "Dogon languages of Mali"
    • 2000-1 Fulbright research grant (Mali, Niger, Benin)
    • 1999-2002 National Science Foundation & National Endowment for the Humanities, Tamashek (Tuareg) language of Mali
    • 1995-97 National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Grammar-Test-Dictionaries of Songhay (Mali, West Africa)
    • 1991-94 National Science Foundation Grant, Timbuktu-Djenne Songhay
    • 1983-85 National Science Foundation Grant, Judeo-Arabic Dialects of Morocco
    • 1982 National Science Foundation grant, Moroccan Arabic Phonology
    • 1979-81 National Science Foundation Grant,Language Mixing in Moroccan Arabic

  • Education
    • Ph.D. with distinction, 1976, University of Chicago
    • M.A. 1973
    • A.B. summa cum laude, Linguistics and Arabic, Harvard, 1971