Meet the 2016 ANU Summer Scholars
In partnership with the Australian National University, the second Summer Scholar program is running from 21 November 2016 to 20 January 2017.
Saliha will be working on developing part of a TAP project for a morphologically rich Papuan language, Nen. Nen possesses intricate morphology, with over 7000 inflectional forms of a transitive verb. The task of this project would be to tally the occurrence frequency of inflected word forms from the recorded data using ELAN, so as to establish a frequency curve for words in the corpus, which can be used to determine how many words need to be ‘soundbanked’ at different percentages of coverage. Larger recurring chunks will also be investigated if time permits. I am particularly keen to be part of this project as it allows me to connect both of the interests: linguistics and mathematics. It would be a great opportunity to learn linguistic-specific skills whilst contributing with my existing skill set. Saliha will be supervised by Nick Evans.
Sulenna will be working on online interactive communication experiments - using simple abstract information transfer experiments to study how novel communication systems are developed in a variety of contexts. She will be supervised by Matthew Spike.
Lauren will be working on the Western Desert Verbal Arts project which relates to her research interests in Indigenous languages and their documentation. She is an Auslan speaker and will be focusing on Ngaanyatjarra sign language. Lauren will be supervised by Inge Kral, Lizzie Ellis and Jane Simpson.
Sign Languages in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands
Reed, Lauren, and Rumsey, Alan. 2020. "Sign Languages in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands". In Sign language in Papua New Guinea: A Primary Sign Language from the Upper Lagaip Valley, Enga Province, 141-184. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Nay will be working with Jane Simpson on the Warumungu corpus/dictionary/grammar project.
Pre-stopping in Arabana
Mark Harvey, Nay San, Margaret Carew,, Sydney Strangways, Jane Simpson, and Clara Stockigt. 2019. "Pre-stopping in Arabana." Australian Journal of Linguistics. 39 (4)