Mohamed Tristan Purvis
Ph.D., Indiana University, USA
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.
Personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/tristanpurvis
- 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
- Association of Contemporary African Linguistics, since 2014
- Linguistic Society of America (LSA), since 2003
- University of Maryland affiliate, since 2012
- National Peace Corps Association, since 1996 (Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington DC, since 2011; & Friends of Kenya, since 2017)
- National Language Service Corps (NLSC), since 2011
- Purvis, T. 2017 (accepted). Hausa chat jargon: Semantic extension versus borrowing. In L. Hyman et al. (Eds.), Selected papers from the proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics. Berlin: Language Science Press.
- Purvis, M.T. 2017. CMC terminology in Hausa as found in a corpus of Whatsapp chats. In D. Fišer & M. Beißwenger (Eds.), Investigating computer-mediated communication: Corpus-based approaches to language in the digital world, pp. 44-68. Ljubljana, Slovenia: Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts.
- Purvis, T.M. 2012. Left dislocation in Dagbani. In M. Brenzinger & A.-M. Fehn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th World Conference on African Linguistics, pp. 515-527. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.
- Purvis, T.M., Iverson, G.K., & Green, C.R. 2012. Prioritizing African languages: Dilemmas of macro-level planning for resourcing and capacity building. Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 11, 1-30.
- Hamedani, N.G., Purvis, T.M., Glazer, S. & Dien, J. 2012. Ways of manifesting collectivism: An analysis of Iranian and African cultures. Executive Report. University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language.
- Purvis, T.M. 2011. The effect of communicative competence and speech style on witness credibility: A review of theory and case studies. Issues in Intercultural Communication 3(1), 50-64.
- Obeng, S. & Purvis, T. 2010. Sub-Saharan Africa. In J.A. Fishman & O. García (Eds.), Handbook of language and ethnic identity: Disciplinary and regional perspectives (2nd ed.), pp. 374-393. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Purvis, T. M. 2010. Corpus building in a predominantly oral culture: Notes on the development of a multi-genre tagged corpus of Dagbani. In G. De Pauw, H. Groenewald & G.-M. de Schryver (Eds.), Proceedings of the Second Workshop on African Language Technology (AfLaT 2010), pp. 69-72. Valetta, Malta: European Language Resources Association (ELRA).
- Rytting, C.A., Wayland, S, Buckwalter, T., Rodrigues, P., Buckwalter, T. Zajic, D., Hirsch, B., Carnes, J., Lynn, N., Taylor, C., Blake III, C., Browne, E., Miller, C., & Purvis, T. 2010. Error correction for Arabic dictionary lookup. In Proceedings of the Seventh Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC). Valetta, Malta: ELRA.
- Purvis, T.M., with S. Hailemariam. 2009. Adverbial expressions of manner in Tigrinya: A question of semantics or syntax? In S. Obeng (Ed.), Topics in descriptive and African linguistics: Festschrift in honor of Paul Newman, pp. 128-141. Muenchen: Lincom Europa.
- Purvis, T. 2009. Speech rhythm in Akan oral praise poetry. Text & Talk 29(2), 201-218.
- Purvis, T. 2007. A reanalysis of nonemphatic pronouns in Dagbani. In F. Hoyt, N. Seifert, A. Teodorescu, & J. White (Eds.), Proceedings of the Texas Linguistics Society IX Conference: The morphosyntax of underrepresented languages, pp. 239-263. Stanford: CSLI Publications.
- Purvis, T. 1998. Multilingualism and polycentricity: Mutually reinforcing institutions for development in Africa. Bloomington, Indiana: Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.