Hi, thanks for stopping by!
A little bit about me:
I’m a 4th year PhD student at University of California, Santa Barbara. I actually started out my academic career in Ecology. I’ve always been fascinated with system whether they happen to be ecological or linguistic. It’s so much fun for me to work with giant puzzles, trying to figure out how the different pieces interact. I think that’s partially why I’m attracted to language documentation. While I’m interested in morphology, language contact and historical linguistics, I really enjoy how language documentation challenges every aspect of your knowledge.
My master’s thesis dealt with the morphology of plant names in Ojibwe/Anishinaabemowin and their relationship to the theories of folk taxonomies, so if you would like to share any insights or ask any questions, I’d love to hear them! As an outgrowth of this, I’m working on a morphological dictionary of Anishinaabemowin plant names. Though still in draft form, if you’re an Anishinaabemowin educator, I’d be happy to share it with you.
More recently, I’ve been working on several projects on Odawa. An Endangered Language Fund grant is funding my work recording conversations in the language. I’m very thankful for my friends on Manitoulin Island and the people at the Wikwemikong Heritage Organization for their help and support. I’m also working on two phonetics/phonology projects. The first is a study trying to determine the acoustic correlates of stress in Odawa. As a part of a seminar on Phonological Typology, I’m working on a description of the phoneme inventory and syllable structure of the language that shows how they’ve changed over time.
Thanks for visiting!