I work on conversational phonetics with particular attention to showing how conversation analytic methodology informs and reshapes our understanding of the functioning of phonetic detail and phonetic variation in African languages. I also work on discourse-pragmatics and endangered African languages. My work on onomasiology draws on names from multiple African languages and cultures to demonstrate that African names inform us about the functioning of names in unearthing name-givers' experiences, their philosophies about life, contact with other races and ethnicities, geographic environment (climate, landforms, rivers, vegetations), history, politics and other human phenomena in their ecology. My latest research is on language and liberty which examines the linguistic and discursive strategies through which powerless actors demonstrate resistive practice to speak back candidly, and passionately criticize power and request liberty. I enjoy storytelling, political satire, poetry and music (percussionist), and have performed with different musical groups the last being Afro-Hoosier Intl.