Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Humanities
FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION
Theoretical and Applied linguistics
August 2019 to date, Lecturer, Chuka University
August 2017- July 2019, Lecturer/HoD, Linguistics, Christ the Teacher Institute for Education (CTIE), Tangaza University College
2011-2013, Part-time Tutor, Marist International University College & Maasai Mara University
2001-2008, Teacher of English & Literature, Loreto Limuru Girls’ High School.
1996-2000, Teacher of English & Literature, Kap’ngetuny High School
Ph.D. (General Linguistics) Heinrich-Heine Universität-Dusseldorf, Germany
M.A. (Linguistics) University of Nairobi
B.Ed (Arts) Catholic University of Eastern Africa
KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS
Aspects of Gĩkũyũ (Kikuyu) complex sentences: A Role and Reference Grammar Analysis
1. Kihara, C.P. (forthcoming). Interpreting Bantu Clause Structure within Role and Reference Grammar. Arusha Working Papers in African Linguistics (AWPAL).
2. Kihara, C.P. (under review). An Ecolinguistic Interpretation of Maasai Placenames in Kenya. Language in Africa.
3. Kihara, C.P. (2018). A functional analysis of complementiser Atĩ and its variants Atĩrĩrĩ and Atĩrĩ as complementisers and discourse particles in Gĩkũyũ. The University of Nairobi Journal of Language and Linguistics, Vol 6 (Oct 2017), 103-127.
4. Kihara, C.P. (2015). Mchongoano and the Ethnography of Communication. The University of Nairobi Journal of Language and Linguistics, Vol 4 (2015), 1-19.
5. Kihara, C.P. (2013).On Mchongoano and Riddles in Kenya. Journal of Pan African Studies 6(6)100-121.
6. Kihara, C.P. & Schröder, H. (2012). A Relevance-Theoretic Analysis of Aspects of Mchongoano. The University of Nairobi Journal of Language and Linguistics, Vol.2 (2012), 63-78.
7. Iribemwangi, P. & Kihara .C.P. (2011).The Gĩkũyũ Reference Phrase: A Role and Reference Grammar Perspective. Baraton Interdisciplinary Research Journal, 2 (2011), 46-57.
Functional syntax, applied linguistics, language typology, morphosyntax, information structure, Bantu linguistics, teacher & language education, ecolinguistics, theories of humour
POSTGRADUATE TOPICS SUPERVISED
1. A Relevance-theoretic Analysis of Discourse Markers in Luloogoli