I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a research focus on Austronesian languages and language documentation methods. I aim to help both speaker and non-speaker researchers by creating a high-quality, comprehensive documentation of languages that will optimally aid future interested parties. I incorporate my past experiences in the film industry and as a language teacher to improve the communication around and quality of my documentation work. Further, through my work on Hawu, an Austronesian language of Savu island in Indonesia, I engage my native-speaker collaborators at all levels of the documentation process and encourage them to guide and continue the documentation. With these considerations, my general research questions fall into four main areas:
-How can we continue to encourage community-driven language documentation efforts through community engagement and initiative?
-How can we incorporate the latest technology (e.g. video, social media, etc.) as essential language documentation tools and increase community access to these documents while maintaining high-quality standards for recordings?
-How does our environment, such as the topography or the flora and fauna, and our interactions with it shape our linguistic expression and our cognitive and cultural models of the world and vice versa?
-What features of Austronesian languages can contribute to current linguistic theory?
Learn more about these research endeavors here.
August 6, 2020: Received NSF-DDRI award for doctoral dissertation research entitled "Doctoral Dissertation Research: A Multi-Modal Study of Gesture in a Spatial Language"
April 17, 2020: Advanced to candidacy