International Summer School on
22 June - 3 July 2009
The summer school will draw upon the extensive expertise of staff memebers at the three organizing universities in the 3L Consortium: University of Lyon, Leiden University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Short biographies of the instructors teaching at the summer school are listed below with links to more information about their teaching and research activities.
Peter K. Austin
Peter Austin is Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics and Director of the Endangered Languages Academic Programme. His theoretical research is mainly on syntax and documentary linguistics, and focuses on Lexical Functional Grammar, morpho-syntactic typology, language documentation and endangered languages. He has extensive fieldwork experience on Australian Aboriginal languages and Sasak and Samawa (or Sumbawan), Austronesian languages spoken on Lombok and Sumbawa islands, eastern Indonesia.
Gerardo Barbera is postdoctoral fellow in the Endangered Languages Academic Programme (ELAP), Department of Linguistics at SOAS. His principal interests lie in general and Iranian dialectology, historical linguistics, lexicography, and language documentation and description. He has been doing fieldwork in southern Iran and in the Persian Gulf region since 2002, working on Minab, Southern Bashkardi, and other languages.
Oliver Bond is postdoctoral fellow in the Endangered Languages Academic Programme (ELAP), Department of Linguistics at SOAS. His principal research interests lie in typology, historical linguistics and language documentation, including fieldwork on Eleme (Ogonoid, Benue-Congo), an under-described language spoken in southeast Nigeria. Oliver's current research project, entitled NegTyp, aims to contribute to a broader understanding of the properties of negation in language.
David Bradley is Associate Professor and Reader in the Linguistics Program, La Trobe University, Australia. His main research interests are sociohistorical linguistics, language policy and language maintenance, and language endangerment. He has done extensive fieldwork in East, Southeast and South Asian, especially on Sino-Tibetan minority languages.
Eithne B. Carlin
Eithne Carlin is Senior Lecturer in Languages and Cultures of Native America, Leiden University. Her interests are in Northern Amazonia, the Guianas and Venzuela, with a focus on morphology, semantics and anthropological linguistics. She regularly teaches courses in the languages and cultures of Northern Amazonia, the language and culture of the Trio of Suriname, and oral traditions of the Amerindians of the Guianas.
Edward Garrett is software developer in the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR), Department of Linguistics at SOAS. He is developing software enabling linguists, community members, and others to populate, administer, query, and re-purpose the ELAR. He also works on technical and linguistic aspects of the Tibetan & Himalayan Digital Library's Tibetan language initiatives based at the University of Virginia, and has contributed to various open source software projects in linguistics, including Tools for Field Linguistics and THDL Tibetan language tools.
Colette Grinevald is Professor of Linguistics at Lyon-2 University and Director of the l'Agence Nationale de la Récherche project AALLED (Afrique Amérique Latine Langues en Danger). Here research interests include language description and typology, typological-functional grammar, indigenous languages of the Americas: Mayan, Chibchan, and Amazonian languages. She is also interested in fieldwork methods, development of linguistics suitable for fieldwork linguists and native speakers, and ethics of endangered languages fieldwork.
Nancy C. Kula
Nancy C. Kula is lecturer in linguistics in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. Her research interests lie in Bantu languages, particularly in tone and intonation as well as morpho-syntax in Bantu. Her research concerns how phonology acts as a device that aids speakers in lexical access and how phonological processes demarcate different phonological domains.
Friederike Lüpke is lecturer in language documentation and description in the Endangered Languages Academic Programme (ELAP), Department of Linguistics at SOAS. Her research interests lie in the domain of argument structure and the syntax-semantics interface, Central Mande languages Bambara (Manding) and Jalonke, and contact phenomena between Mande and Atlantic languages, focussing on Bainouk from southern Senegal. She is also concerned with the role of theory in description and documentation, multidisciplinarity and the role of Arabic-based scripts for the writing of African languages.
Lutz Marten is reader in the Department of African Languages and Cultures at SOAS. His research interests are in theoretical and African linguistics, specialising in Bantu languages and Dynamic Syntax. His research concerns work in the area of syntax/semantics and pragmatics, in particular on the interfaces between these modules.
Raymond Mayer is Professor of Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Libreville (Gabon), where he has been teaching for over thirty years. He is both an Africanist and an Oceanist. Twice on a Fulbright Hays grant at the University of HawaiÕi, he worked on recorded data from the Wallis and Futuna Islands (West Polynesia) since 1893, and was a contributor to GarlandÕs Encyclopaedia of Ethnomusicology. In Gabon, his common fields of research are kinship, religion, technologies and music. He made several documentaries on pygmy and nonpygmy groups in collaboration with Gabonese National TV. He is also much involved in institutional partnership between Lyon-2 and Libreville, especially for OMLL and AALLED projects.
Maarten Mous is Professor of African Linguistics in the Centre of Linguistics, Leiden University. His areas of interest are Tanzania, Ethiopia, West Africa; Cushitic and Bantu; language description; diathesis derivation; and language contact. He regularly teaches courses in field methods, introduction to African Languages and Cultures, Discourse Analysis, and Samples of Linguistic Structure.
David Nathan is Director of the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR), Department of Linguistics at SOAS. His main interests are computing applications for endangered languages, especially Australian Aboriginal languages, theory and practice of language documentation and archiving, lexicography, the internet, and multimedia interfaces for (authoring, annotating and presenting) language materials. He has developed software for language research, publication, and education, and has recently produced multimedia CD-ROMs in collaboration with linguist researchers and community members on Paakanytji, Yolngu-Matha, Warrungu, Gamilaraay (all Australia), and Karaim (Lithiuania).
Victoria Nyst is a post-doctoral fellow in the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Her main research interests are in sign language endangerment, documentation and description, and community based field linguistics, with a specialism in Adamorobe Sign Language (from Ghana) and the sign languages of West Africa.
Françoise Rose is researcher at the Dynamique du Langage laboratory in Lyon, France, part of the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique. She works in descriptive linguistics (phonology and morphosyntax), on under-described and endangered oral languages. Her area of interest is the Amazonian basin. She wrote the first comprehensive grammar of Emerillon (Teko), a Tupi-Guarani language of French Guyana and now also works with Mojeño Trinitario, an Arawak language in Bolivia.
Julia Sallabank is research fellow in language support and revitalisation in the Endangered Languages Academic Programme (ELAP), Department of Linguistics at SOAS. Julia's research interests are primarily sociolinguistic, with a focus on the endangered Norman French speaking community in Guernsey, Channel Islands. She is interested in language revitalisation, language ideology, literacy practices in endangered languages, and their implications for language policy.
Adam Schembri is senior research fellow and project director for the British Sign Language Corpus Project in the ESRC Deafness and Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) at University College London. His research and teaching focusses on aspects of the lexicon, grammar and sociolinguistics of Australian Sign Language (Auslan), British Sign Language (BSL), language documentation, and corpus linguistics.
Peter Sells is Professor of Linguistics at SOAS. His primary interests involve the nature of grammatical theory, in particular what the components of morphology, syntax and semantics look like, and how they relate to each other. He has worked in a variety of theoretical frameworks on a variety of languages, primarily Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Philippine languages, and Swedish. His current research is focussed on the relation between syntax, semantics and information structure in Korean.
Lolke Van der Veen
Lolke Van der Veen is Professor of Linguistics in Lyon. Descriptive and historical linguistics are his main interests. He is a specialist of the Bantu languages of Gabon, the co-author of a scholarly dictionary of a nearly extinct language, and the main correspondent of the Sorosoro project (Chirac Foundation) whose objective is the documentation of Gabonese languages.
Bencie Woll is Professor of Sign Language and Deaf Studies, and Director of the ESRC Deafness and Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) at University College London. Her research interests are in the linguistics of British Sign Language (BSL) and other sign languages, the history and sociolinguistics of BSL and the Deaf community, the development of BSL in young children, sign language and the brain, and acquired and developmental sign language impairments.