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 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.

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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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