Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research

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Funding Collaborative Fieldwork:
Examples and opportunities from Nepal, Bangladesh, and India.

Shobhana Chelliah
University of North Texas

Tuesday, June 17, 1-2pm
Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center



Course Information:
This models talk highlights collaborative language documentation projects recently funded by the Documenting Endangered Languages Program at the National Science Foundation. Drawing from my own experiences as a language documenter and a proposal reviewer, I share ways in which well-planned collaborative documentation projects can result in lasting benefits for community participants, high-quality language documentation, and linguistic discovery.

Instructor Biography:
Shobhana Chelliah has been the Rotating Program Director for the Documenting Endangered Languages program at the National Science Foundation since 2012. She’s also a Professor of Linguistics at the University of North Texas. Her primary research area is the study of Tibeto-Burman languages, primarily those spoken in Manipur state, northeast India. Her publications include A Grammar of Meithei (Mouton 1997) and the Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork (co-authored with Willem de Reuse, Springer 2011). With NSF funding, she has been working with the Lamkang community of Manipur to develop a practical orthography and create an online dictionary for their community. In her spare time, she enjoys researching the structure and use of English around the world, especially the English used in novels written by Indian authors and the teaching of English in the former British colonies. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Himalayan Linguistics and is on the Editorial Board Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area and the Journal of South Asian Linguistics.