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Academic Year 2013 (June 2013 - May 2014)

Description of Taoi phonology or syntax (RU 22)

An Examination of Borrowing in Muak Sa-aak (RU 24)

An analysis of the effects of borrowing on the Muak Sa-aak language will add to the understanding of the influence of the majority language on this language, and contribute to a better understanding of the phonology of Muak Sa-aak.

Muak Sa-aak Orthography Development (RU 25)

A practical orthography will be developed, based on good phonological principles, working together with the Muak Sa-aak people. The Muak Sa-aak people would like to be able to write their own language; they are using other languages more widely and some feel they are losing their own culture. Being able to write down their own language would enable them to write down their own stories and help them to keep their children using the language. It would also be easier for the older people, few of whom can read, to learn to read and write.

A phonetic description of the Burmese dental stop (RU 28)

Burmese is described as having a dental fricative but Burmese English students have difficulties pronouncing the English dental fricative. This study investigates the realization of the the dental fricative. It will show that this sound is produced as a plosive. Evidence taken from other languages will emphasize that the dental stop as it is found in Burmese is not an uncommon sound and has phonemic status. It will be proposed to represent this sound with its own phonetic symbol, instead of using the dental diacritic to modify the alveolar stop.

Muak Sa-aak orthography and implications for computing (RU 29)

An Overview of Katuic linguistics features (RU 30)

Academic Year 2012 (June 2012 - May 2013)

A phonological description of Western Bru, Sakon Nakhorn variety, Thailand (RU 14)

In order to assist in the preservation of the oral literature and the future development of the Bru language of Phan Khon district in Sakorn Nakorn Province Thailand the phonological system needs to be described to facilitate orthography development.

Cog (RU 15)
A Survey of research in computational techniques for comparative linguistics was completed. Based on these findings, an initial proof-of-concept was developed and tested using real world data collected from language varieties in the region. After testing was completed, an initial version of Cog was developed and released on the internet.

A description of Western Bru orthography, Phan Khon district of Sakorn Nakorn, Thailand (RU 16)

In order to assist in the preservation of the oral literature and the future development of the Bru language of Phan Khon district in Sakorn Nakorn Province Thailand, an orthography needs to be developed.

Orthography: History, Rational and Pedagogical Considerations (Kmhmu’ Orthography) (RU 17)

The Kmhmu’ are a major ethnic minority group of northern Southeast Asia. A Lao-script-based orthography was developed through the cooperative work of Kmhmu’ community members and foreign linguists approximately twenty years ago. This current study was done in order to 1) document the orthography development process and 2) investigate how easily this orthography can be learned by Kmhmu’ speakers who already have some familiarity with the Lao orthography.

Taoi Background Research (RU 18)
There is currently no single source of information regarding the Taoi language in terms of location, dialects, and intelligibility. This project will seek to unite the research currently available from different books, government reports, journals, and personal interviews into a single source. This will allow for discovery of where further research is needed.

A description of Muak Sa-aak phonemes (RU 19)
A description of the phonology of this Angkuic language would contribute to the linguistic knowledge of a group of languages of which very little is known. In addition, it would aid in the future development of the language.

Kmhmu’ Language Literacy Primer (RU 20)

This project is a response to a request for assistance from the Kmhmu’ community of Southeast Asia in developing literacy instructional materials to help Kmhmu’ speakers to learn to read and write the Roman script-based Kmhmu’ orthography.

A New Orthography in an Unfamiliar Script: A Case Study in Participatory Engagement Strategies (RU 21)

To continue to the body of knowledge regarding orthography workshop design methodology, particularly in language areas where multiple scripts are used.

Analysis of Muak Sa-aak tone (RU 23)
A proper understanding of the tonal system of Muak Sa-aak will enable a better practical orthography. In addition, the tonal system of Muak Sa-aak raises linguistic questions since the language still has contrastive vowel length, despite the acquisition of tone; Angkuic languages have been assumed to develop tone through the loss of contrastive vowel length.

Phonation and Tone in Nusu (RU 26)

This report will examine the phonological environment of pitch and voice quality to decide whether it is possible to assign Nusu phonation types to tone.

A Phonetic description of Burmese obstruents (RU 27)

This report investigates the realization of obstruents in Burmese, particularly the three-way contrast of plosives, the alveolopalatal place of articulation, and the dental fricative.

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