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Jon Anderson


Jon Anderson

Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies

Jon Anderson

General Interests
"My current research interest is in speech rhythm. I use experimental methods of linguistic research to examine the ways in which rhythm emerges in a language when spoken. In particular,  I focus on how prosodic structures in African languages, for example, phonological tone, interact with rhythmic structure. "

Years at Knox: 2014 to present

Ph.D., 2018, Indiana University.
M.A., 2010, Indiana University.
B.A., 2005, University of California, Berkeley.

Teaching Interests
My teaching interests include Linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Sociolinguistics, languages of Africa, language and its relationship to cognition, gender, sexuality, and politics

Selected Professional Accomplishments


Grant-in-Aid of Doctoral Research, Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences. 2012

Foreign Language Area Scholarship (FLAS) to study Advanced Akan/Twi at Indiana University, 2009-2010.

Foreign Language Area Scholarship (FLAS) to study Intermediate Akan/Twi at University of Ghana, Legon, Summer, 2009.

University International Enhancement Grant to attend African Linguistics School at NYU-in-Ghana, Labone, Ghana, 2009


"Verb internal compound formation in Akan." Journal of West African Languages, 40(1) (2013): 89-104.

"Tone in Susu Nominal Compounds." Green, Christopher R., Anderson, Jonathan C., and Obeng, Samuel G. Mandenkan: Bulletin semestriel d’études linguistiques mandé 50 (2013): 61-84.

"On the Expression of Diminutivity in Susu." Anderson, Jonathan C., Green, Christopher R,. and Obeng, Samuel G. Journal of West African Languages, 45(1) (2018).

“Preliminary to Preliminary: Studies in the Rhythm of Akan." African Linguistics Across the Discipline, IULC Working Papers, Volume 10. Indiana University Linguistics Club Publications, Bloomington, IN. (2010).

Review of Zimbabwe: Injustice and political reconciliation. Africa Today 57(2) (2010): 116-118.    


"Rhythmic Patterns of Prominence in Akan.” Annual Conference on African Linguistics 43, 2012.

"A Preliminary Study of Speech Rhythm in Akan.” Special session and speaker panel entitled Speech Rhythm in Production, Perception, and Acquisition. Acoustical Society of America 162, 2011.

"Verb-internal Compound Formation in Akan.” Annual Conference on African Linguistics 42,2011.

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