Research

Conference Presentations

  • 2018. Undocumented labor: how old fieldwork sheds new light on Tai tone system diversification. Talk presented at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2018). 4-7 January 2018, Salt Lake City, UT. doi:10.5281/zenodo.1136317 [Slides]
  • 2017. When enough is enough: Drawing linguistic generalizations from limited data. Talk presented at the 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT 2017). 12-14 December 2017, Australian National University: Canberra, Australia. (With Ethan Campbell-Taylor) [Slides]
  • 2017. Tone system diversification: Data and trends from dialect surveys of Thailand. Talk presented at Triggers of language change in the Language Sciences (XLanS 2017). 11-13 October 2017, Université Lumière Lyon 2: Lyon, France.
  • 2017. Phylogeny in phonology: how Tai sound systems encode their past. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting on Phonology 2017 (AMP 2017). 15-17 September 2017, New York University: New York, NY. doi:10.5281/zenodo.1158348 [Poster] [Paper]
  • 2017. Wordlists for language documentation: Are we gathering too little data? Talk presented at the International Conference on Language Studies 2017 (iCLS 2017). 9-10 August 2017, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak: Kuching, Malaysia. (With Ethan Campbell-Taylor)
  • 2017. Class term doubling in Tai Khamti: Reanalysis, reinforcement, and sesquisyllables. Talk presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS27). 11-13 May 2017, Padang, Indonesia.
  • 2017. Prosodic context in computational modeling of tone: citation tones vs. running speech. Talk presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS43). 3-5 February 2017, University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley, CA.
  • 2017. Double marking in Tai Khamti: Reanalysis and reinforcement. Talk presented at the workshop Diachronic morphology: Theoretical, areal, and phylogenetic perspectives. 26-27 January 2017, University of Zurich: Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 2017. Tone analysis in Tai Khamti: Computational models in language documentation. Talk presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2017). 5-8 January 2017: Austin, TX.
  • 2016. Tone analysis in Tai Khamti: Computational models in language documentation. Talk presented at SYNC Graduate Linguistics Conference. 3 December 2016, CUNY Graduate Center: New York, NY.
  • 2016. Numeral classifiers in areal perspective: Khmer and Thai ‘syntactic borrowing’ revisited. Austroasiatic Syntax in Areal and Diachronic Perspective. Workshop of the Austroasiatic Working Group. September 5-7, 2016. [Slides]
  • 2016. Tone analysis in Southeast Asia: Computational modeling & traditional methods. SEALS 2016. Talk presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS26). 26-28 May 2016, Manila, Philippines. [Slides]
  • 2016. Tonal evidence in historical linguistics: genetic signal or typological noise? Talk presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS42). 5-7 February 2016, University of California, Berkeley: Berkeley, CA. [Slides]
  • 2015. Sanskrit Loanword Adaptation in Old Thai: Epigraphic Evidence from the Sukhothai Corpus. Talk presented at the 16th World Sanskrit Conference of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies (IASS). 28 June-2 July 2015, Silpakorn University: Bangkok, Thailand. [Slides]
  • 2015. Burma Khamti and Language Classification in Southwestern Tai. Talk presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS25). 27-29 May 2015, Payap University: Chiang Mai, Thailand. [Slides]
  • 2014. A Tale of Two Khamtis: Language Classification in Southwestern Tai. Talk presented at SYNC Graduate Linguistics Conference. 6 December 2014, SUNY Stony Brook: Stony Brook, NY.
  • 2013. Towards a Unified Digital Corpus of Southeast Asia’s Earliest Writings. Talk presented at SYNC Graduate Linguistics Conference. 7 December 2013, Yale University: New Haven, CT.
  • 2013. Towards a Regional Convention for Epigraphic Transliteration of Southeast Asia’s Brahmic Scripts. Talk presented at the 46th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL46). 7-10 August 2013, Dartmouth College: Hanover, NH. [Slides]
  • 2008. (with Doug Cooper) Thai in Transition and the Thai Gigaword/Terabyte Web Corpus. Talk presented at National Language Policy: Language Diversity for National Unity. 4-5 July 2008: Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2007. From Lost to Online: A Digital eText + Image Edition of the First Thai-English Dictionary. Talk presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS17). 31 August-2 September 2007, University of Maryland, College Park: College Park, MD. [Slides]
  • 2006. Convergences in Khumi and Marma Morphosyntax. Talk presented at the 39th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL39). 14-17 September 2006, University of Washington: Seattle, WA. [Handout]

Publications

  • To appear. Computational modeling of tone in language documentation: citation tones vs. running speech in Chindwin Khamti. In: Proceedings of the 43rd Berkeley Linguistics Society.
  • To appear. Phylogeny in phonology: how Tai sound systems encode their past. In: Supplementary Proceedings of the Annual Meeting on Phonology 2017.

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Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • 2017-2018: Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. Documenting Tai Khamti in Myanmar. $15,000.
  • 2016: Travel Award from MPI Jena to attend the workshop Austroasiatic Syntax in Areal and Diachronic Perspective. Chiang Mai, Thailand. $900.
  • 2016: Quantitative Methods Spring School, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History: Jena, Germany. All expenses covered. $1000.
  • 2015-2017: NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. Language documentation of Tai Khamti in Myanmar. BCS/DEL-1528386. $12,000.
  • 2015-2018: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – Linguistics. $138,000.
  • 2014: Pre-Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. Tai Khamti Pilot Fieldwork. Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale. $5,000.
  • 2013-2016: Charles P. Sherman Graduate Fellowship, Yale University.
  • 2013-2018: Annual Conference Travel Award, Department of Linguistics, Yale University. $500.
  • 2009: Fulbright Research Grant, U.S. Department of State. Host organization: National Research Council of Thailand. Topic: The Sukhothai Inscriptions of Thailand. $18,000.
  • 2005: Undergraduate Research Grant, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College. Thesis research in Bangkok, Thailand. $2,000.