Siri Gjersøe


  • 01/2020 submitted:
    PhD (Dr. phil.), University of Leipzig, Faculty of Philology
    Thesis: Tonal Interactions in Nuer Nominal Inflection
  • 2015-2018:
    Doctoral student in the Research Training Programme Interaction of grammatical building blocks
  • 2012-2015:
    MA in Linguistics, Humboldt University, Berlin
    MA-thesis: Downstep and phonological phrases in Kikuyu
  • 2010-2011:
    German language studies, University of Oslo 
  • 2007-2010:
    BA in European languages (Focus on French and Spanish), University of Oslo

Research interests

  • Syntax-phonology interface
  • Prosody
  • Tone
  • Bantu languages



  • Gjersøe, S., J. Nformi & L. Paschen. 2017. Hybrid falling tones in Limbum. To appear in Proceedings of ACAL 47. [PDF draft]
  • Gjersøe, S. 2016. Cyclic optimization of floating L tones in Kikuyu. In C. Hammerly & B. Prickett (eds.), Proceedings of the Forty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society, 301–310. Amherst: GLSA.
  • Gjersøe, S. 2016. Phonological phrases in Kikuyu. In K. Bellamy, E. Karvovskaya, M. Kohlberger & G. Saad (eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe, 449–471. Leiden: University Center for Linguistics. [PDF]
  • Gjersøe, S. 2016. Sharing properties of pseudo-coordination in Norwegian. In K. Barnickel et al. (eds.), Replicative Processes in Grammar (Linguistische Arbeitsberichte 93), 351–378. Universität Leipzig. [PDF]
  • Gjersøe, S., J. Nformi & L. Paschen. 2016. The interaction of lexical tone and phrase-level intonation in Limbum. In J. Barnes, A. Brugos, S. Shattuck-Hufnagel & N. Veilleux (eds.), Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2016. 109–113. [PDF]
  • Hamlaoui, F., S. M. Gjersøe & M. Emmanuel-Moselly. 2014. High tone spreading and phonological phrases in Bàsàá. In TAL-2014, 27-31.
  • Lee, S. J. & S. M. Gjersøe. 2014. Segmental effects on tone: an acoustic analysis of tonal polarity in Xitsonga. In TAL-2014, 79-82.


  • Kostakis, A. & S. Gjersøe. 2017. A study of the diphthong-mid vowel continuum. [PDF draft]
last modified: 12.02.2020