Ellen Contini-Morava is an anthropological linguist, interested in the meanings of linguistic forms, discourse analysis, functional linguistics and (noun) classification; in particular, in the relationship between lexicon and grammar. She specializes in Bantu languages in general, and Swahili in particular.
Contini-Morava received her PhD from Columbia University in 1983 under William Diver and Erica Garcia. She is a professor emerita at the University of Virginia.
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