Tracey completed a BA in English Philology at the University of A Coruña (Spain). She first heard about endangered languages whilst undertaking postgraduate studies in General Linguistics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. This led her to SOAS, where she did the MA in Language Documentation and Description, with funding from the Fundación Caixa Galicia.
For her MPhil Tracey is working on the Tomárâho variety of Chamacoco, a Zamucoan language spoken in the Paraguayan Chaco. The Chamacoco were known among anthropologists for their rich and complex system of mythological and cultural representations, which shaped thier identitiy and social organization. Their language, however, remains underdescribed. Tracey's aim is to initiate a documentation of the language, in collaboration with the Tomárâho community, by recording a wide range of speech genres. Her thesis will examine some aspects of the verbal morphosyntax of Chamacoco.