Language documentation

A research area within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

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Language documentation research

Our research

Our research focuses on the following themes:

  • Description and documentation for lesser-studied languages; these have included Modern South Arabian languages (Mehri, Shehret (Jibbali)); Kartvelian languages (Megrelian, Laz, Georgian); and Uralic languages (Inari Sami, Mari).
  • 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 are soon to launch the Centre for Endangered Languages, Cultures and Ecosystems.

Researchers in conversation.

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Academics and partners undertaking research projects.

Our research is often collaborative and has an international impact. Explore the outcomes of our past and present research projects associated with language documentation.

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