Dr. Samantha Rarrick has received a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences. Through this two-year fellowship, Sam will work to document and describe Sinasina Sign Language, a previously unreported sign language which she encountered during her dissertation fieldwork. This sign language is one of the first indigenous sign languages to be reported in Papua New Guinea and its documentation and description has potential to drastically contribute to the typology of sign languages in this region.
Find more about Sam’s project here.
Congratulations, Dr. Rarrick!
Pre-defense dissertations are submitted to our department two weeks prior to each defense. Upcoming dissertations for Spring 2017 include:
- SMITH, Alexander. The languages of Borneo: A comprehensive classification (March 3, 1 PM, Moore 575)
- RARRICK, Samantha. A Tonal Grammar of Kere (Papuan) in Typological Perspective. (March 13, 11:30 AM, Moore 575)
- HEATON, Raina. A typology of antipassives, with special reference to Mayan. (March 14, 3 PM, Moore 258)
- OKURA, Eve. Language Nests and Language Acquisitions: An Empirical Analysis. (March 16, 2017, 10 AM, Moore 575)
- GAO, Katie. Dynamics of Language Contact in China: Ethnolinguistic Diversity and Variation in Wuding County, Yunnan.
(March 23, 11:30 AM, Moore 258)
- OIWA-BUNGARD, Mayumi. Morphology and syntax of gerunds in Truku Seediq: A third function of Austronesian “voice” morphology.
(April 21, 2:30 PM, Moore 575)
- ROSS, Melody Ann. Attitudes Toward Tetun Dili, A Creole Language of East Timor.
(May 5th, 10:00 AM, Moore 575)
We will be adding to this list as the semester continues. You can also check the Dissertations page for updates on other pre-defense dissertations for the current semester, or final dissertations from previous semesters.
Linguistics student Samantha Rarrick and independent scholar Brittany Wilson have just published an article description the Sign Language Documentation Training Center (SLDTC), a joint effort of Kapi‘olani Community College students and faculty, and graduate students in the Department of Linguistics. Founded in 2013, SLDTC expands on the successful model of the Language Documentation Training Center to document signed language use in Hawai‘i, including American Sign Language and the critically endangered Hawai‘i Sign Language (ISO 639-3: hps).