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Nancy J. Caplow

Associate Professor

Address: 311B Morrill
Phone: 405-744-6229
Message: 405-744-9474


PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara


Areas of Interest & Expertise
  • Language documentation and description

  • Phonetics & phonology

  • Epistemic & evidential marking systems

  • Linguistic typology

  • Discourse functional linguistics

  • Tibetan languages

Recent Courses Taught
Undergraduate courses:
  • Languages of the world

  • Descriptive linguistics

  •  English grammar

Graduate courses:
  • Seminar in Descriptive Linguistics

  • Seminar in Linguistic Typology

  • Phonetics and phonology

Selected Publications
  • Caplow, Nancy J. 2017. Inference and deferred evidence in Tibetan. In Nathan Hill and Lauren Gawne (eds.) Trends in Linguistics: Evidential Systems of Tibetan Languages, 225-257. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

  • Caplow, Nancy J. 2016a. Reconstructing stress in Proto-Tibetan: Evidence from Balti and Rebkong Amdo. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 39 (2): 180-221.

  • Caplow, Nancy J. 2016b. Stress patterns and acoustic correlates of stress in Balti Tibetan. Himalayan Linguistics 15 (2): 1-49.

  • Matteson, Samuel E., Gloria Streit Olness, and Nancy J. Caplow. 2013. Toward a quantitative account of pitch distribution in spontaneous narrative: Method and validation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 133 (5): 2953-2971.

  • Caplow, Nancy J. Historical comparative acoustics and prosodic re-analysis: the case of Tibetan.” Prosodic Typology: State of the art & future prospects. Berlin, Germany. February 2010.

  • Caplow, Nancy J. 2007. Directionals in Tokpe Gola Tibetan discourse. In Roland Bielmeier and Felix Haller (eds.), Trends in Linguistics: Linguistics of the Himalayas and Beyond, 23-46. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Selected Conference Presentations
  • Caplow, Nancy J. A unified model of the epistemic-evidential system of Tibetan. International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL). University of North Texas. 4 October 2020.

  • Caplow, Nancy J. Reflexes of fundamental frequency as an acoustic correlate of stress in Rebkong Amdo Tibetan. MidPhon. Northwestern University. 5 October 2018.

  • Caplow, Nancy J. Pitch as evidence of resyllabification in Archaic varieties of Tibetan. PhonFest. Indiana University. 2 June 2018.

  • Caplow, Nancy J. Questions about archiving existing and new linguistic field data. Developing infrastructure for Computational Resources on South Asian Languages (CoRSAL). University of North Texas. 16-17 November 2017.

  • Caplow, Nancy J. The sequence of tonal development in Tibetan. 48th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics. UC Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara, CA. August 2015.

  • Caplow, Nancy J. Amdo Tibetan and Balti Tibetan: Sister languages 1,200 miles apart. Invited speaker, Plenary session. 3rd International Conference on Tibetan Language. Columbia University, New York. December 2011.

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