Morphological complexity in Nuer


Online resources

Beniamine, Sacha. 2022. Nuerdle.​

Bond, Oliver, Tatiana Reid, Irina Monich and Matthew Baerman. 2020. Nuer Lexicon.


Baerman, Matthew & Irina Monich. 2021 Paradigmatic saturation in Nuer. Language 97(3). e1–e20

Baerman, Matthew, Irina Monich & Tatiana Reid. 2019. Nominal inflection classes in verbal paradigms. Morphology 29(3). 317–335.

Monich, Irina  & Matthew Baerman. 2019. Stem modification in Nuer. In E. Clem, P. Jenks & H. Sande (eds), Theory and description in African Linguistics, 499–520. Berlin: Language Science Press.

Monich, Irina. 2020. Nuer tonal inventory. Studies in African Linguistics 49(1). 1-42.

Reid, Tatiana. 2019. The phonology and morphology of the Nuer verb . PhD dissertation: University of Surrey.

Invited Presentations

Baerman, Matthew. 2020. Paradigmatic saturation in Nuer. Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz. 20 January.

Reid, Tatiana. 2017. Morphophonological stratification in Nuer: vowel and voice quality. Invited talk at Université Paris 8, Sciences du langage. 15 November.

Baerman, Matthew, 18 October 2017. Three-way length alternations in morphology, 3rd Saami Linguistics Symposium, Freiburg, 18-20 October.

Monich, Irina. 2017.  Consonantal lenition in Nuer. University of Leipzig, September 13.

Monich, Irina. 2017. Morphologically triggered tonogenesis in W. Nilotic: a working hypothesis, University of California San Diego, CA, May 1.

Baerman, Matthew and Greville G. Corbett. 2015. The internal and external typology of paradigms.  Invited presentation at LAGB Workshop on Morphological Complexity, University College London, 18 September.


Reid, Tatiana. 31 August 2018. Tone in Nuer: a case of disyllabic verbs. 48th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics. Leiden, 30 August – 1 September 2018

Bond, Oliver and Tatiana Reid. 30 August 2018. Where and how many times? Valency in Nuer. 48th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics. Leiden, 30 August – 1 September 2018

Baerman, Matthew, 7 March 2018. Sliding scales in morphology, ‘One-to-many relations in morphology, syntax, and semantics’ workshop at the annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenshaft. Stuttgart, 7-9 March 2018

Feist, Timothy and Matthew Baerman. 12 December 2017. Paradigmatic perspectives on morphological organisation. Presented at the 12th Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) conference, Australian National University, Canberra, 11–15 December 2017.

Monich, Irina, Matthew Baerman and Oliver Bond. 11 September 2017. Stable inflectional doublets, ‘Niches in Morphology’ workshop at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Zürich, 10-13 September 2017.

Baerman, Matthew and Irina Monich. 8 September 2017. Inflection class in mixed paradigms, The Morphological Eye, University of Surrey, 8-9 September 2017.

Reid, Tatiana. 18 July 2017. A study of Nuer verbs: reporting on data collection in Kenya. Surrey Linguistic Circle, University of Surrey.

Monich, Irina. May 25 2017. Emergence of contour tones in Nuer and Dinka.  Manchester Phonology Meeting (MFM), University of Manchester, May 25-27, 2017

Reid, Tatiana and Matthew Baerman. 4 May 2017. Vowels in Nuer morphophonology (the case of transitive verbs). The 13th NiloSaharan Linguistics Colloquium, The University of Addis Ababa, 4-6 May 2017.

 Monich, Irina and Matthew Baerman. 26 January 2017. Non-concatenative morphology in Nuer: A diachronic perspective. Diachronic morphology: Theoretical, areal, and phylogenetic perspectives, University of Zurich.

Reid, Tatiana. 30 November 2016. Phonetic analysis as a tool to unlocking the Nuer vowel system. Linguistics and Languages Department Seminar, University of Nairobi.

Monich, Irina, Matthew Baerman and Tatiana Reid. 23 October 2016. Three degrees of vowel Length in Nuer. Annual Meeting in Phonology (AMP). University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 21-23 October.

Irina Monich, Matthew Baerman and Bert Remijsen. 15 October 2016. Vowel Length in Nuer. Annual Meeting of North East Linguistic Society (NELS 47). University of Massachussets, Amherst, MA, 14-16 October.

Reid, Tatiana, and Matthew Baerman. 29 August 2016. Nuer morphophonology: vowel alternations in verbsColloquium on African Languages and Linguistics, Leiden University, 29-31 August.

Baerman, Matthew. 20 June 2016. Variable distribution and approximate meaning. Analyzing Morphological Systems, University of Lyon, 20-22 June 2016.

Baerman, Matthew, Irina Monich and Tatiana Reid. 2 June 2016. Morphological Saturation in Nuer. Linguistics Department seminar, University of Oxford.

Reid, Tatiana, Irina Monich Matthew Baerman, Oliver Bond and Bert Remijsen. 2 June 2016. Nuer morphophonology: The verbal paradigm. P-workshop, University of Edinburgh.

Messick, Troy and Irina Monich. March 25 2016. Agreement in Nuer speech reports. 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 47). University of California, Berkeley, 23-26 March 2016. 

Monich, Irina, Matthew Baerman, Oliver Bond, Tatiana Reid and Bert Remijsen. 25 March 2016. Stem modification in Nuer. 47th Annual Conference on African Linguistics (ACAL 47). University of California, Berkeley, 23-26 March 2016. 

Reid, Tatiana, Irina Monich, Matthew Baerman, Oliver Bond and Bert Remijsen. 8 March 2016. Nuer morphophonology: the verbal paradigm. Colloquium talk at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Baerman, Matthew. 20 February 2016. Morphomic compositionality. International Morphology Meeting 17, Vienna, 18-21 February 2016. 

Baerman, Matthew. 4 September 2015. Morphological opacity as a dimension of inflectional complexity. 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, workshop on Morphological Complexity.


Impact activities

Monich, Irina. 17 December 2017. Organized and conducted 'Workshop on the grammar of Thok Nath' to present findings to the members of the Nuer community of San Diego.



Project members

Dr Matthew Baerman
Dr Bert Remijsen (University of Edinburgh)
Dr Oliver Bond
Dr Irina Monich
Tatiana Reid

Period of award:

June 2015 - May 2019


Arts and Humanities Research Council