Doris L. Payne


Department of Linguistics
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-3894
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Research interests

Selected publications 

Publications in SIL International Bibliography

2007. “Source of the Yagua Nominal Classification System. ” International Journal of American Linguistics . 73:447-474.

2003. Maa Color Terms and Their Use as Human Descriptors. Anthropological Linguistics 45.169-200.

2001. (with Leonard Ole-Kotikash and A. Keswe Mapena Ole-Lekutit.) “A Frame Semantics approach to lexemic structure: Uncovering the truth about Maa a-síp.” Journal of African Languages and Linguistics. 22.145–168.

1998. “Maasai gender in typological perspective.” Studies in African Linguistics 27.159-175.

1994. “OVSu versus VSuO in Panare (Cariban): do syntax and discourse match?” Text, 14.581-609.

1992. “Narrative continuity vs. discontinuity in Yagua. ” Discourse Processes 15:375-394.

1990. The Pragmatics of Word Order: Typological Dimensions of Verb Initial Languages. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

1987. “Information structuring in Papago narrative discourse.” Language 63.783-804.

Selected papers presented

2007. “The Existential Toe-Hold of a Split-S System? ” Association of Linguistic Typology, Paris, France.

2007. “A typology of lexical transitivity: from Amazonia to Africa. ” University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica.

2005. (with Spike Gildea). “Evidence for Greenberg’s Macro-Carib. ” Paper presented at the Simpósio Internacional Sobre Linguística Histórica na América do Sul (SILHAS) Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi and Universidade Federal do Pará, Belem, Brazil.

2001. “The explanation of argument structure: lexicalization or discourse use? ” Korean Society of Discourse and Cognition, Seoul.

1997. “Semantic role and argument structure in the Maasai ‘external possession’ construction. ” Special Session on African Languages, Berkeley Linguistics Society.

1996. “A functional approach to word order: What counts as ‘explanation. ” University of Wisconsin-Milkwaukee Symposium on Formalism/Functionalism.

1993. “Nonconfigurationality and discontinuous expressions in Panare. ” Special Session on Native American Languages, Berkeley Linguistics Society.

1991. “Verb initial languages and information order. ” 20th University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Symposium on Word Order in Discourse.