Mohamed Tristan Purvis

Ph.D., Indiana University, USA

Assistant Professor, English Language and Linguistics
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Dr. Purvis is an Assistant Professor in English Language and Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria, where he teaches courses in writing and linguistics.

His research interests include discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and language documentation, and his areal focus in African languages and linguistics has led him to pursue research in Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Kenya. Prior to joining the faculty at AUN in 2012, he was a research scientist in the Less Commonly Taught Languages and Cultures area of the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), where he specialized in African languages.

He received his Ph.D in Linguistics from Indiana University in April of 2008, concentrating in Sociolinguistics and African Languages & Linguistics. His doctoral dissertation was on register variation in Dagbani, a language of northern Ghana. For his dissertation research he was a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Program Fellow in Tamale, Northern Ghana affiliated with Tamale Polytechnic University. Prior to attending graduate school, Tristan Purvis was a Crisis Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa (Feb.-Aug. 1998) and a Peace Corps volunteer and logistics coordinator in the Republic of Congo (1994-1997). He received a dual B.A. in French and Political Science at Boise State University.

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AUN Courses
  • ENG 410 Advanced English Grammar
  • ENG 330 Language and Politics
  • ENG 312 Phonetics and Phonology
  • ENG 304 Syntax
  • ENG 302 History of the English Language
  • ENG 301 Introduction to the Study of the English Language
  • WRI 101 Freshman Composition I & WRI 101 LE (Learning Enhanced track)
  • WRI 100 Introduction to Freshman Composition
  • FND 041-042 Foundations of Reading I & II
  • FND 051-052 Foundations of Writing I & II
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