Category: Academic

Burmese IPA Transcription

Despite my best efforts to transfer this from LibreOffice Writer into WordPress (thank goodness I drafted it there and not here), there were issues with the rendering of certain fonts and tables. So, I’m just going to cheat and embed a PDF here. Please contact me if you’d like...

How racist is my engagement with Burma studies?

I would like to respond to Charney's article (https://forsea.co/how-racist-is-your-engagement-with-burma-studies/) by using his metrics at the end to evaluate my own research practices....

My ICSTLL Presentation

My ICSTLL presentation on Ngawn Chin‘s linguistic classification went very well. It was attended by some popular names in Kuki-Chin and Tibeto-Burman linguistics, such as Jim Matisoff, David Bradley, Lalnunthangi Chhangte, Zakaria Rehman, David Peterson, Pauthang Haokip, and Ken Van Bik (whose dissertation provided the proto-forms with which I...

How I got my Google Scholar profile verified

Unfortunately, the neo-liberal age of ranking and statistics is affecting us all, including myself. We all want to be noticed and recognized and we thus give up a chunk of our freedom and privacy to do it. I see this dilemma for what it is and, while I don’t...

Finding inspiration to write about Linguistics again

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m trying to write a book and I often find myself “hiding from it”, as my former advisor used to say. I really want to write this book and I have no doubt that I will be able to write all 200+ pages required of...

Announcement: [IN THE WORKS] A descriptive grammar of Sizang Chin

I would like to announce publicly that I have been given the wonderful opportunity to write a monograph with Brill Publishing. The monograph will be edited by Dr. Paul Sidwell, with whom I’ve become acquainted from Linguistics conferences. Basically, I am to take my master’s thesis (available for download...