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Tucker Childs



(503) 725-4099

Ph.D. Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley 1988
M.A. Linguistics, University of California, Berkely 1982
M.S. Sociolinguistics, Georgetown University 1982
M.Ed. Teaching English (Secondary level), University of Virginia 1980Diploma in Anglo-Irish Literature (with Honours), Trinity College, University of Dublin 1975A.B. English, Stanford University 1970

Courses Taught
  • LING 232: Introduction to Language and Society
  • LING 410/510: Selected Topics: Black English (African American Vernacular English - AAVE), Field Methods, Language Contact, Language Variation, Language and Gender, Language Endangerment, Language Typology
  • LING 412/512: Phonology
  • LING 415/515: Linguistic Phonetics
  • LING 420/520: Historical and Comparative Linguistics
  • LING 432/532: Sociolinguistics
  • LING 482/582: Pidgins and Creoles


Representative Publications

  • 2016. The knowledge of ideophones and multilingualism: A West African pilot study. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Ideophones / Mimetics, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL), Tokyo, Dec 17-18, ed. Kimi Akita and Prashant Pardeshi. View the PowerPoint here:NINJAL Idph & multilingualism.pdf. NINJAL conference website:
  • 2016. Busy intersections: A framework for revitalization. In Africa's Endangered Languages, ed. by Jason Kandybowicz and Harold Torrence. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Sorieba.MP3 Ch. 7 - Childs Final.pdf
  • The endangered languages and the language ecology of Sierra Leone.  The Journal of Sierra Leone Studies4, 2- 10.  http://the
  • 2014. Sound symbolism.  In J.R. Taylor (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of the word. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • 2013. Doing what (you think) is right in the field: Problematizing the documentation of endangered languages. In R. Vossen & W.H.G. Haacke (Eds.), Lone Tree: Khoisan Studies in the Service of the Koon. Essays in memory of Anthony Traill (pp. 91-108). Cologne, Germany: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.
  • 2012. Languages of Africa. In M. Aronoff (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2011. A Grammar of Mani. New York and Berlin: de Gruyter.
  • 2010. Language contact in Africa, a selected review.  In R. Hickey (Ed.), Handbook of Language Contact (pp. 695-713). Malden, MA and Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.