Tyler D. Davis — Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

Research Interests

  • Tibeto-Burman Languages Kuki-Chin languages, Burmese, Grammaticalization
  • Linguistic Typology Dialectology, Comparative Phonology, Historical Linguistics
  • Field Linguistics Narrative discourse analysis
  • Corpus linguistics Text analysis, discourse structure, tokenization
  • Mother-Tongue Based – Multilingual Education (MLE) Language standardization, literacy, language engagement, language recognition


  • 2015-2018 M.A. Linguistics (First class Honors), Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
    Thesis: Verb stem alternation in Sizang Chin narrative discourse
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  • 2012-2014 B.A. German (with Honors), Indiana University, Fort Wayne, United States.
    Minors in Spanish and Linguistics


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Draft Papers

Professional papers (policy papers, working papers, etc.)

  • 2021. South, A., Edwards, N., Davis, T., Cin Khan Lian, Rachel Niang Dim, Naomi Thang, Stenning, E. Language and Education in Chin State. Working Paper No. 1. Covenant Consult.
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Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings Papers

  • 2018. The association of foreground and background information with verb stem alternation in Sizang Chin, Papers from the Chulalongkorn International Student Symposium on Southeast Asian Linguistics 2017, (pp. 32-41), Bangkok, Thailand.
    Download (Paper) Academia.eduResearchGate (Full volume) SEALS
  • 2017. An analysis of tone sandhi in Jieyáng Hakka using Optimality Theory, Payap University Research Symposium 2017: Full Paper Proceedings (pp. 450–458), Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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Unrefereed Popular Writings

Refereed Conference Presentations

  • 2023. Object Marking with hoŋ in Sizang Chin, 32nd South East Asian Linguistics Society Conference (SEALS 32), Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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  • 2020. The Status of Ngawn in South Central (Kuki-Chin), 53rd International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics (ICSTLL 53), Denton, Texas, USA & Remote.
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  • 2018. Re-assessing conditional clauses in Sizang Chin, 10th Annual Meeting of The Northeast Indian Linguistic Society (NEILS 10), Silchar, India.
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  • 2017. An analysis of tone sandhi in Jieyáng Hakka using Optimality Theory, Payap University Research Symposium, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
    Download (Paper) Academia.edu
  • 2016. Spatial Relations in Sizang Chin, The 22nd Himalayan Languages Symposium (HLS 22), Guwahati, India.
  • 2015. The acquisition, use and attitude toward the Burmese language according to individuals from the Chin Hills of Myanmar, The First International Burma/Myanmar Studies Conference (ICBMS 1), Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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Invited Talks

  • 2019. The Linguistics of South Central Tibeto-Burman languages (in Tedim Chin), Zomi PESTEL Talk 5, Yangon, Myanmar.
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Language Skills

  • English: Native
    From Northeast Indiana, U.S.
  • Burmese: Conversational
    Self-study via semi-immersion since 2010 among refugees in the United States and Thailand. Have lived in Myanmar since May 2018. Have translated and interpreted professionally between Burmese and English.
  • Spanish: Conversational; Academic
    Studied since middle school until end of undergrad. Have translated and interpreted professionally between Spanish and English.
  • German: Conversational; Academic
    Studied academically. Was major of Bachelor’s degree.
  • Sizang Chin: Conversational
    Minority language of Burma/Myanmar. Learned on-site and studied academically.