Projects

ARC Linkage Project, Speaking Hmong in diaspora: language contact, resilience, and change. Project dates are 7 December 2020 to 30 June 2024. The project aims to investigate how the Hmong language survives in the diaspora, with special focus on how the language transforms itself depending on the environment it finds itself in. Read more about the project here.

Evidentiality is a grammatical category with source of information as its primary meaning—whether the speaker saw the event happen, did not see it but heard it, made an inference based on general knowledge or visual traces, or was told about it. Read more about our Evidentiality project here.

In June 2014, Kasia Wojtylak and Kristian Lupinski were awarded a Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research Fellowship for the documentation of oral literature among the Murui people in Colombian parts of the Amazon. Read more about the project here.

Ways of talking about diseases, ailments, convalescence, and well-being vary from language to language. In some, an ailment 'hits' or 'gets' the person; in others, the sufferer 'catches' an ailment, comes to be a 'container' for it, or is presented as a 'fighter' or a 'battleground'. In languages with obligatory expression of information source, the onslaught of disease is treated as 'unseen', just like any kind of internal feeling or shamanic activity. Do the grammatical means of  talking about diseases and ailments reflect traditional attitudes and thoughts about the origins of adverse conditions? How are diseases inflicted and spread? And what are the patterns involved in describing traditional healing practices and 'getting better'? Our special focus is on languages from hot-spots of linguistic diversity and diseases of all sorts — especially Amazonia, and PNG. Access project and resource material here.

The Doromu-Koki language is one of the smaller languages of Central Province, Papua New Guinea. It is a Papuan language in close proximity to the much larger Sinauḡoro Oceanic language. Doromu-Koki is spoken by about 2,000 people, half of whom are now residing outside of the language community area in the capital, Port Moresby. The language area is approximately 80 kilometres east-southeast of Port Moresby, in the inland Rigo district. Access project and resource material here.

Brokpa is a Trans-Himalayan (Tibeto-Burman) language belonging to the Central Bodish (Tibetic) subgroup. Brokpa is spoken in Eastern Bhutan and in small parts of Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. In Eastern Bhutan, the Brokpa language is spoken in the highlands of Merak and its nearby tiny villages of Gengo, Khashateng, and Khiliphu, and in Sakteng and its outlying villages of Thrakthri, Joenkhar, and Moorbi. Access project and resource material here.