A research area within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.
Language documentation research
Our research focuses on the following themes:
- Description and documentation of lesser-studied languages; these include the Modern South Arabian languages (Mehri, Shehret, Harsusi); Kartvelian languages (Megrelian, Laz, Georgian); Uralic languages (Inari Sami, Mari); and Galician.
- Data storage and archiving, e.g. in partnership with the ELDP, SOAS
- Ethnolinguistic analysis
- Multimodality in language documentation methodology
- Computational and corpus approaches to language documentation, especially lexicography and morphology
- Ecolinguistics, including the relationship between languages, cultures and ecosystems; biocultural diversity
- The relationship between language and migration/people movement
We are active members of the Language@Leeds research hub, and in particular of the following Language@Leeds research satellites: Language and Nature; Kartvelian and Caucasian Languages.
We launched the Centre for Endangered Languages, Cultures and Ecosystems (CELCE) in January 2019, with a keynote by Mark Cocker: mark cocker – 'the man of most science is the man most alive, whose life is the greatest event'. Henry Thoreau.
Research centres and networks
Language at Leeds
Language at Leeds brings together professionals within the University involved in the study of language, connecting individuals and groups to support research across various disciplines. The central tenet of the centre is an interdisciplinary approach to addressing and understanding issues relating to language, linguistics and communication.