Ronelle Alexander

Ronelle Alexander

Title
Professor Emerita
Department
Dept of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Fax
(510) 642-6220
Research Expertise and Interest
Slavic languages & literatures, Balkan Slavic dialectology, Balkan linguistics, language contact, oral tradition, Parry-Lord theory of oral composition, South Slavic epic singers, issues of language and identity
Research Description

Ronelle Alexander's recent research interests include the problems of orality and ethnicity, Balkan Slavic dialectology, Balkan linguistics, language contact, historical accentology, clitic phenomena, Oral tradition, the Parry-Lord theory of oral composition, and South Slavic epic singers.

Her current projects are as follows:

(1) An interactive database of Bulgarian dialectal speech, "Bulgarian Dialectology as Living Tradition" {http://bulgariandialectology.org)

(2) Analysis of conversations between Milman Parry and South Slavic epic singers, in an attempt to reconstruct the performance context underlying the formulation of the Parry-Lord theory.

(3) Analysis of clitic sequences and accentual patterns in Balkan Slavic dialect material testing the hypothesis that word order and prosody have mutually interfluenced each other in the contact environment of the Balkans.

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