Akinbiyi Akinlabi
Professor of Linguistics
Officier de l'ordre national de la Rèpublique de Cote d'Ivoire
President, World Congress of African Linguistics
Ph.D., Ibadan, 1985
Office: Room 202, 18 Seminary Place

Research Interests

  • Phonology --- tone, harmony, prosodic structure, underspecification theory.
  • Morphology--- phonology interaction, prosodic morphology
  • Optimality Theory
  • West African Linguistics, especially of Benue-Congo languages.
Akinbiyi Akinlabi

 Recent Work


  • Akinlabi, A. (accepted). Yoruba: A Phonological Grammar. The W.E. B. Du Bois Series ofAfrican Language Grammars. Series editor: John Mugane. Center for AfricanStudies, Harvard University

 Chapters in Books

  • Akinlabi, A. (2011) "Featural Affixes" in Companion to Phonology eds. Marc van Oostendorp, et. al, Wiley-Blackwell. Pp. 1945- 1971..
  • Akinlabi, A. and M. Liberman (2006) “Tonal Complexes and a Lokaa Conspiracy” In Globalization and the Future of African Languages. ed. by Francis Egbokhare and Clement Kolawole. Ibadan Cultural Studies Group. Pp. 444 – 463.
  • Akinlabi, A. (2004b) Yoruba Sound System. Understanding Yoruba Life andCulture ed. by Lawal, Nike, Sadiku, M. and Dopamu, A. Africa World Press. Pp.453-468. .
  • Akinlabi, A. (2001). Yoruba. In Facts About the World's Languages: An Encyclopedia of the World's Major Languages, ed. by Jane Garry and Carl Rubino. New England Publishing Associates Pp. 836-841.

 Refereed Journal Articles

 Articles in Proceedings of Conferences/Festschrifts etc.

  • Akinlabi, A (2004a). “Fixed Segmentism in Yoruba Deverbal Nouns,” In Forms and Functions of English and Indigenous Languages in Nigeria: A festschrift in Honour of Ayo Banjo. ed. by Kola Owolabi and Ademola Dasylva. GroupPublishers, Ibadan. Pp. 273-295.
  • Akinlabi, A. and M. Liberman (2001). Tonal Complexes and Tonal Alignment. In Minjoo Kim and Uri Strauss (eds) Proceedings of the North East Linguistic Society, 31, 1-20. Amherst, Mass: GLSA.
  • Akinlabi, Akinbiyi & Ngessimo Mutaka (2001). Tone in the Infinitive in Kinande: an OT Analysis. In Ngessimo Mutaka & Beban S. Chumbow (eds) Research Mate in African Linguistics: Focus on Cameroon. A fieldworker's tool for deciphering the stories Cameroonian languages have to tell. In honor of Professor Larry M. Hyman. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, pp. 333-356.