PH.D. African lingistics Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.


Research interests


Academic career

Conference Papers


Research interests

  • Descriptive, synchronic, and diachronic linguistics
  • Bangime and Dogon languages
  • Jóola languages
  • Theoretical phonology
  • Phylogenetics
  • Cross-disciplinary comparative methods


  • 2006–2013: PH.D. AFRICAN LINGUISTICS, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1992–1996: B.A. PSYCHOLOGY, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina

Academic career

  • November 1, 2022 - Present: PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR for European Research Council funded project BANG: Investigating the Origins of a Linguistic and Genetic Isolate, LLACAN, Villejuif, France
  • November 1, 2021 - October 28 2022: INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE LINGUIST, The Language Conservancy (TLC), Bloomington, IN, USA
  • September 4, 2018 - December 31, 2020: POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW, LLACAN, Villejuif, France
  • October 2017 – September 2018 : VISITING RESEARCH FELLOW, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History Jena, Germany
  • November 2016 – January 2017 : TARGET LANGUAGE TRANSLATION AND INTERLINEAR GLOSS REVIEWER, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland
  • March 2014 – March 2017 : CROSSROADS POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW, SOAS, University of London, London, United Kingdom
  • May 2008 – December 2013 : LINGUISTIC FIELD RESEARCHER, Dogon and Bangime Linguistics, NSF 1263150 Burkina Faso and Mali
  • August 2007 – May 2008 : GRADUATE ASSISTANT, Title VI grant, African Studies Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • August 2005 – August 2006 : TEAM LEADER, AmeriCorps*Vista Ellettsville, Indiana
  • July 2003 : AFRICA TRIP LEADER, Operation Crossroads Africa Thiès, Senegal
  • January 1998 – July 2001 : NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEER, Peace Corps Koira Beiri, Mali
  • March – May 1994 : SOIL EROSION PREVENTION PROJECT CO-SUPERVISOR, Warren Wilson College Bamenda, Cameroon

Conference Papers


  • Hantgan-Sonko, A. (August 28–30, 2017) Jóola Mora Preservation Patterns. CALL47. Leiden University.
  • Hantgan, A. (March 30–April 2, 2017). Implications of Absolute Neutralisation on Harmonic Serialism: AJóola Case Study. ACAL48. Indiana University.
  • Hantgan-Sonko, A., Sagna, S., & Davis, S. (May 26–28, 2016). Mora Preservation in Gújjolaay Eegimaa Reduplication. MFM24. University of Manchester.


  • Cobbinah, A., Hantgan, A., Lüpke, F., & Watson, R. (December 2, 2016). The Diversity of Diverse. Zooming in on Multilingual Regional Systems in the Upper Guinea Coast of West Africa. Pre-conference session on small-scale multilingualism, LDLT5. SOAS.
  • Hantgan, A. (April 08, 2016). Choices in Language Accommodation at the Crossroads: Convergence, Divergence, and Mixing. Language Indexicality, Belonging. Linguistic Anthropology Conference. University of Oxford.
  • Cobbinah, A., Goodchild, S., Hantgan, A. & Watson, R. (8–9 September, 2015). Language Contact and Identity in Lower Casamance. African Multilingualism: Motivations, Modalities, Movement and Meaning. The British Academy, London.

Corpus design

  • Hantgan, A. (September 15–17, 2016). Methodological Approaches to Annotated Multilingual Corpus Design. PLM46. Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.
  • Hantgan, A. (June 6–9, 2016). Crossroads Corpus and Sample Design. KPAAM CAM and Crossroads workshop. SOAS.

Language documentation

  • Hantgan, A. (June 14–18, 2017). Why Bangime is Not a Language Isolate: An Alternative Explanation for the Emergence of a Divergent Language. Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg, Germany.
  • Hantgan, A. (August 22, 2016). Introduction to Bangime and its Speakers. Mini Africa Symposium. Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany.



  • Heath, J. and Hantgan-Sonko, A. 2017. Grammar of Bangime: Language isolate of Mali. (Mouton Grammar Library) Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 627pp.

Publications with peer review process

  • Hantgan, A. and List, J. M. (in press 2018) Bangime: Secret Language, Language Isolate, or Language Island? to appear in a Language Islands in Africa thematic issue of the Journal of Language Contact.
  • Hantgan, A. (2018). Language endangerment in Southwestern Burkina: A tale of two Tiefos. In: African linguistics on the prairie, Ed. Kandybowicz, J., Major, T., and Torrence, H. Berlin: Language Science Press, 3-19.
  • Hantgan-Sonko, A. (2017). Crossroads corpus creation: Design and case study. Yearbook of the Poznan Linguistic Meeting. 3,1.
  • Hantgan-Sonko, A. (2017). A weight-based analysis of Jola Eegimaa lenition. In: Festschrift for Paul Newman’s 80th Birthday: Essays in Honor of Paul Newman. African Linguistics in the 21st Century. Series: Grammatical Analyses of African Languages Volume 55.
  • Hantgan-Sonko, A. (2017): Review of Syllable Weight in African Languages, Ed. Newman, P. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 338). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Hantgan, A. (2017). Choices in Language Accommodation at the crossroads: Convergence, divergence, and mixing. The Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford. IX, 1. 102-118.
  • Cobbinah, A., Hantgan, A. and Lüpke, F., and Watson, R. Carrefour des langues, carrefour des paradigmes. (2017). In: Espaces, mobilitès et éducation plurilingues: Éclairages d'Afrique ou d'ailleurs, Ed. Auzanneau, M. Edition des Archives Contemporaines. Paris, 79-97.
  • Hantgan, A. (2015). How foreign is accent? Expressions of peace in Casamance. Voices from around the world. Special issue on multilingualism in the Global South. 3. Global South Studies Center, University of Cologne.
  • Hantgan, A. and Davis, S. (2012). Bondu Vowel Harmony: A Descriptive Analysis with Theoretical Implications. Studies in African Linguistics, 41(2).
  • Hantgan, A. (2010). Does Tone Polarity Exist? Evidence from Plural Formation among Bangime Nouns. IULC Working Papers in Linguistics: African Linguistics Across the Discipline, 10(3), 70-83.

Submitted publications with peer review process

  • Hantgan-Sonko, A., Sagna, S., and Davis, S. (submitted August 14, 2017 to Journal of African Languages and Linguistics). Moraic preservation and equivalence in Gújjolaay Eegimaa Perfective Reduplication.

Publications without peer review process

  • Heath, J., Ouattara, A., and Hantgan, A. (2017). Short grammar of Tiefo-N of Nyafogo (Gur, Burkina Faso).

Data Deposit

Encyclopedia Articles

  • Hantgan, A. (2007–2010). People. Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, The Gambia, Benin and Togo. In ABC-CLIO World Geography Database. Santa Barbara.

Doctoral dissertation

  • Hantgan, A. (2013). Aspects of Bangime Phonology, Morphology, and Morpho-syntax. Indiana University.