Thera Marie Crane


Description of research and teaching

My research focuses primarily on the semantics and pragmatics of underdescribed Bantu languages, both within particular languages and as typological and contact phenomena. I have particular interest in expressions of tense, aspect, and modality. 

My teaching focuses on these phenomena, and on the best methods and practices for eliciting them.

Education information

PhD, Linguistics, May 2011, University of California, Berkeley
Dissertation: Beyond time: temporal and extra-temporal functions of tense and aspect marking in Totela, a Bantu language of Zambia
Larry Hyman & Lynn Nichols (co-chairs); Line Mikkelsen; Alan Timberlake

MA, Linguistics, May 2007, University of California, Berkeley

BA, Language and Culture/Mathematics, May 2002, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA


Curriculum Vitae

2015-Present: Postdoctoral Researcher, Stability and Change in Language Contact: The Case of Southern Ndebele (South Africa), University of Helsinki, Finland

2012-2014: Program Manager, France-Berkeley Fund (coordinating grants for international collaborative research), University of California, Berkeley

January 2012: Chaire internationale of the Bureau des Relations Internationales et de la Coopération, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

August - December 2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, Grammaticalization and (Inter)Subjectification Project Belgian Federal Science Policy Office Inter-University Attraction Poles Programme, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium


Highlighted publications

  1. Accepted/In press


    Crane, T. 2017 (Accepted/In press) The Bantu Languages. Van de Velde, M. & Bostoen, K. (eds.). 2 ed. London–New York: Routledge, (Language Families)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  2. Accepted/In press

    Lexical structures, lexical semantics

    Crane, T. M. 2017 (Accepted/In press) The Oxford Guide to the Bantu Languages. Marten, L., Kula, N., Hurst, E. & Zeller, J. (eds.). Oxford University Press

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  3. The roles of dissociative and (non-)completive morphology in structuring Totela (Bantu) narratives

    Crane, T. M. 2015 Beyond Aspect: The expression of discourse functions in African languages. Payne, D. L. & Shirtz, S. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, p. 145-176 32 p. (Typological Studies in Language; vol. 109)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

  4. Melodic tone in Totela TAM

    Crane, T. 2014 In : Africana Linguistica. 20, p. 63-79

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  5. Resultatives, progressives, statives, and relevance: The temporal pragmatics of the -ite Suffix in Totela

    Crane, T. 2013 In : Lingua. 133, p. 164-188

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  6. -ile and the pragmatic pathways of the resultative in Bantu Botatwe

    Crane, T. 2012 In : Africana Linguistica. 18, p. 41-96

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

  7. A grammar of Nzadi [B865]: A Bantu language of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Crane, T., Hyman, L. M. & Tukumu, S. N. 2011 University of California Press. 311 p. (University of California Publications in Linguistics; vol. 147)

    Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewBook

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Highlighted activities

  1. University of Pretoria

    Crane, T. M. (Visiting researcher)
    8 Mar 201631 May 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionAcademic visit to other institution

  2. Event type lexicalization across language boundaries:  verbs in South African Ndebele varieties

    Crane, T. M. (Speaker), Fleisch, A. (Speaker)
    20 Jun 201623 Jun 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

  3. International Conference on Bantu Languages

    Crane, T. M. (Member of organizing committee)
    20 Jun 201623 Jun 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  4. University of Pretoria

    Crane, T. M. (Visiting researcher)
    18 Feb 201514 Apr 2015

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionAcademic visit to other institution

  5. The subjectification of ‘come’ and ‘go’ futures in Ndebele: a preliminary look

    Crane, T. M. (Speaker)
    27 Apr 201528 Apr 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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Highlighted projects

  1. Stability and Change in Language Contact: The Case of Southern Ndebele (South Africa)

    Fleisch, A., Aunio, L., Schulz, S. & Crane, T. M.

    Unknown funder


    Project: Research project_Research

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