Toni came to UVM in 2014. She works on the phonology-morphology interface in Zulu, along with dialectal differences between the Zulu spoken in urban townships around Durban, vs. the variety spoken in rural areas around the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.
She received her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, with a dissertation focusing on a Zulu verb doubling process known as reduplication, and using new data to support a derivational approach to how morphology and phonology interact in the language. After completing her Ph.D. she had a two-year postdoctoral position in Durban, South Africa, where she was well situated to collect sociolinguistic data from a wide range of Zulu speakers. Most significantly, this included a fieldwork trip throughout KwaZulu-Natal in which she and two native Zulu speakers conducted sociolinguistic interviews to build up a corpus with a cross-section of gender, education, and age.
Toni is currently working on projects on the urban-rural split in reduplication, changes in tonal domains in Durban Zulu, and the realization of the ‘ng’ variable.
French (highly proficient in speaking, reading, writing)
Zulu (highly proficient in speaking, reading, writing)
German (elementary studies)
Abo, Itawes (elicitation)