Research

Research Interests

Languages I have personally done fieldwork on:
Tibeto-Burman: Angami, Chang, Chungli Ao, Thang dialect of Khiamniungan, Patsho dialect of Khiamniungan, Lotha, Mongsen Ao, Sangtam, Yimchungrü, Zeme
Indo-Aryan: Hindi (Haflong Assam variety), Nagamese, Nepali (Nagaland variety), Assamese
Tai-Kadai: Central Thai, Southern Thai, Shan.

Research topics:
Language documentation and description, anthropological linguistics, linguistic typology, language contact in South Asia/Southeast Asia, nominalization, clause linkage, Tibeto-Burman historical linguistics, grammaticalization, morphosyntax, tone systems, articulatory and acoustic phonetics, pragmatic influences on grammar, language maintenance, lexicography for minority languages.

Research Grants – Principal investigator

2016 – 2019 Principal Investigator, Academic Research Fund Tier 1 grant, Ministry of Education, Singapore. Project title: MOE2016-T1-001-220 Archaeological linguistics and the prehistory of Northeast India: reconstructing the past through ancient technologies and practices, and correlating the results with migration histories. Amount awarded: SGD $81,627.97.
2013 – 2016 Principal Investigator, Academic Research Fund Tier 2 grant, Ministry of Education, Singapore. Project title: MOE2012-T2-1-100 Exploring the crossroads of linguistic diversity: Language contact in Southeast Asia. Amount awarded: SGD $527,455.
2011 Seed funding for development of a Tier-2 research proposal, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. Amount awarded: SGD $5000.
2010 – 2011 Start-up Grant, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Nanyang
Technological University. Project title: ‘Grammatical description and
digital documentation of endangered languages of Nagaland, North-east India.’
Amount awarded: SGD $83,818.
2009 Endeavour Research Fellowship, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Government of Australia. Amount awarded: AUD
$23,500 (offer declined to take up tenure-track position at NTU).
2004 – 2007 Principal investigator, Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Project title: DP0450943 ‘A typology of adverbial subordination and clause linkage in Tibeto-Burman languages’.
Total amount awarded: AUD $280,168.

 

Research Grants – Co-PI

2013 – 2016 Academic Research Fund Tier 2 grant, Ministry of Education, Singapore. Project title: MOE2013-T2-1-016: Grammar matrix reloaded: Syntax and semantics of affectedness (PI František Kratochvíl). Total amount awarded: SGD $312,490 (20% commitment).