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Tim Thornes

Associate Professor of Linguistics
Office: SMASH 218A | Phone: 426-4267 | Email: timthornes@boisestate.edu

Tim at Snake River

Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics, 2003, University of Oregon, Eugene

Dissertation title: A Northern Paiute Grammar with Texts

Areas of specialization: Language Documentation, Endangered Languages, Native North American Languages, Morphosyntax, Linguistic Typology


Classes taught at BSU:

  • Introduction to Morphology and Syntax (LING 318)
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics (LING 321)
  • Capstone in Linguistics: Linguistic Fieldwork and Language Documentation (LING 498)
  • Introduction to Language Studies (LING 305)
  • Advanced Special Topics: Introduction to Linguistic Typology (LING 425)
  • Special Topic: Perspectives on Native North American Languages (LING 397)

Current class schedule (Fall 2017):

  • Introduction to Morphology and Syntax (LING 318) 
  • Introduction to Language Studies (LING 305)

Next semester courses (Spring 2018):

  • Linguistic Typology (LING 418) 
  • Capstone in Linguistics: Linguistic Fieldwork and Language Documentation (LING 498)

Current Projects:

  • Wadateka’a Nateguyengana: Harney Valley Stories (in collaboration with the Burns Paiute Elders Group: Burns Paiute Tribe, Burns, Oregon) Request current draft here (link not yet live)
  • Tulebé M’Ebembe: Ebembe Proverbs (in collaboration with African Community Development: Boise, Idaho) Listen to a sample here.
  • Transcription and translation of the early Bannock recordings of Sven Liljeblad (in collaboration with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall, Idaho)

    Rena, Ruth, and I at work

    Paiute Elders Rena Adams Beers and Ruth Hoodie Lewis at work on translating oral histories with Dr. Tim Thornes


Recent Publications:

in press. ‘Evidentiality in the Uto-Aztecan languages.’ in Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality. Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (ed.) Oxford University Press.

2017. ‘On the heterogeny of directive speech in Northern Paiute.’ in Commands: A Cross-Linguistic Typology. Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. and R.M.W. Dixon (eds.) Explorations in Linguistic Typology. Oxford University Press. pp. 146-168

2017. ‘Losing a vital voice: Grief and language work.’ with Racquel-Maria Sapién. Language Documentation and Conservation.11.256-274 http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24735

2013. Functional-historical approaches to explanation: in honor of Scott DeLancey. with Eric Andvik, Gwen Hyslop, and Joana Jansen (eds). [Typological Studies in Language, vol. 103] Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

2013. ‘Causation as “functional sink” in Northern Paiute.’ In Functional-historical approaches to explanation. Thornes, Tim, Erik Andvik, Gwendolyn Hyslop, and Joana Jansen (eds.). [Typological Studies in Language, vol. 103] Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. pp. 237-257

2012. ‘Functional underpinnings of diachrony in relative clause formation: the nominalization-relativization connection in Northern Paiute.’ in Relative Clauses in Languages of the Americas: a Typological Overview. Comrie, Bernard and Zarina Estrada Fernández (eds.). [Typological Studies in Language, vol. 102] Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. pp 147-170.

2011. ‘Dimensions of Northern Paiute multi-verb constructions.’ in Multi-verb Constructions: a View from the Americas. Muysken, Pieter and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (eds.). Leiden/Boston: Brill Publishing. pp 27-61.

2009. ‘Historical pathways in Northern Paiute verb formation.’ in New Challenges in Typology: Transcending the Borders and Refining the Distinctions, Epps, Patience and Alexandre Arkipov (eds.) Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 295-320.