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Ethelbert Emmanuel Kari
Title
Prof.
Firstname
Ethelbert
Middlename
Emmanuel
Lastname
Kari
Position
Associate Professor
Office
Block 253 Office 008
Phone
+267 355 4113
Professional Qualifications

Ph.D. (Linguistics), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 2003.

M.A. (Linguistics and African Languages), University of Port Harcourt, 1996.

B.A. (Linguistics) (Second Class Honours, Upper Division), University of Port Harcourt, 1991.

Brief Biography

Professor Ethelbert Emmanuel Kari teaches linguistics in the Department of African Languages and Literature, University of Botswana. He has many years of experience in teaching and research on African languages and linguistics and has published many high-quality academic books, journal articles, book chapters and manuals which deal with various aspects of African languages and linguistics.

Professor Kari holds a PhD in Linguistics from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and MA Linguistics and African Languages and BA Linguistics degrees from the University of Port Harcourt. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Studies in Linguistics and Marang: Journal of Language and Literature, Associate Editor of Kiabara: Journal of Humanities, and Linguistic Editor of Rivers State Readers’ Project. He is also a member of the Linguistic Association of Nigeria, Linguistics Association of Southern African Development Community [SADC] Universities, and African Languages Association of Southern Africa.

Teaching Areas

His teaching areas are mainly but not limited to morphology, African linguistics, linguistic typology, sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, lexicography, and sociolinguistics.

Research Areas

His research interests are mainly in but not limited to morphology, clitics and clitic phenomena, phonology-morphology-syntax interface, serial verb constructions, cognate object constructions, nominal and verbal extensions, African linguistics, Degema linguistics, language description and documentation, lexicography, linguistic typology, sociolinguistics, and comparative grammar.

Postgraduate Supervision Areas

His postgraduate supervision areas are but not limited to morphology, clitics and clitic phenomena, phonology-morphology-syntax interface, language description and documentation, lexicography, linguistic typology, and sociolinguistics.

Selected Publications

Books:

Kari, E.E. (2015) Morphology: An introduction to the study of word structure. Port Harcourt: University of Port Harcourt Press.

Kari, E.E. (2008) Degema-English dictionary with English index. Tokyo: Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa.

Kari, E.E. (2004) A reference grammar of Degema. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Kari, E.E. (2019) The languages of Rivers State of Nigeria: An overview. Marang: Journal of Language and Literature, 31: 1-22.

Kari, E.E. (2017) Central Delta languages: An overview. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics, 47: 1-26.

Kari, E.E. (2017) On the status of subject markers in African languages. Studies in Linguistics, 44: 99-134.

Mogara, B., E. Kari, M. Kadenge and D. Molefhi. (2017) Investigating language vitality in some parts of north eastern Botswana. Marang: Journal of Language and Literature, 29: 9-30.

Kari, E.E. (2002) On endoclitics: Some facts from Degema. Journal of Asian and African Studies

In pursuit of academic excellence