Christopher Green

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Green specializes in prosodic phonology, the phonology-morphology interface, and field linguistics. His research has focused primarily on African languages, including those in the Mande, Cushitic, Saharan, and Bantu families. He is currently a Principal Investigator of a NSF collaborative research grant that aims to describe the role of tone at the phonology-syntax interface in Luyia, a cluster of languages spoken in Kenya and Uganda. He has also recently completed a reference grammar of Somali. His published articles appear in both theoretical and area-specific venues and are on topics such as syllable structure, prosodic structure, tone, and wordhood.


LIN 251 - English Words
LIN 301/601 - Introductory Linguistic Analysis
LIN 302/602 – Linguistic Structure of English
LIN 431/631 - Phonological Analysis
LIN 451/651 - Morphological Analysis
LIN 735 – Advanced Phonology


  • PhD, Linguistics, Indiana University, 2010
  • MA, Linguistics Indiana University, 2008
  • BS, Biochemistry, Florida State University, 2003
  • BM, Music Performance, Florida State University, 2003


  • Assistant Professor, Linguistics, Syracuse University (2016-present)
  • Associate Research Scientist, University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (2014-2016)
  • Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (2011-2014)


  • Christopher R. Green & Jennifer Hill Boutz. 2016. A prosodic perspective on the assignment of tonal melodies to Arabic loanwords in Bambara. Mandenkan 56, 29-76.
  • Christopher R. Green & Michelle E. Morrison. 2016. Somali wordhood and its relationship to prosodic structure. Morphology 26(1), 3-32.
  • Christopher R. Green. 2015. The foot domain in Bambara. Language 91(1), e1-e26.
  • Kristopher Ebarb, Christopher R. Green & Michael R. Marlo. 2014. Luyia tonal melodies. Africana Linguistica 20, 121-143.
  • Christopher R. Green, Stuart Davis, Boubacar Diakite & Karen Baertsch. 2014. On the role of margin phonotactics in Colloquial Bambara complex syllables. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 32(2), 499-536.
  • Christopher R. Green, Jonathan C. Anderson & Samuel G. Obeng. 2013. Interacting tonal processes in Susu. Mandenkan 50, 61-84.
  • Christopher R. Green. 2013. Formalizing the prosodic word domain in Bambara tonology. Journal of West African Languages 40(1), 3-20.