Working in Alor, Eastern Indonesia, 2011
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Laura C. Robinson

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Department of Linguistics


Research Interests:
I am interested in language documentation, language revitalization, linguistic fieldwork, historical linguistics, Philippine languages, Austronesian languages, non-Austronesian languages of the Pacific, and the Alor-Pantar languages of Eastern Indonesia.

I am currently working on the Alor-Pantar languages of Eastern Indonesia as part of a EuroBABEL project, including the subgrouping and classification of the Alor-Pantar languages, loan words in the Alor-Pantar languages (especially from Austronesian languages), and the dialectology of Blagar. 

I am also working on the subgrouping and classification of the languages of northeastern Luzon (Philippines), and advancing the methodology of language documentation. I have been actively involved with training native speakers of endangered languages to do language documentation, particularly at the Language Documentation Training Center at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

Ajo, Frances, Valerie Guerin, Ryoko Hattori and Laura C. Robinson. 2010. Native speakers as documenters: A student initiative at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. IN Language documentation: Practice and values, ed. by Lenore Grenoble and N. Louanna Furbee. Chicago: John Benjamins.

Honeyman, Tom & Laura C. Robinson. 2007. Solar power for the digital fieldworker. Language Documentation & Conservation 1(1): 17-27.

Robinson, Laura C. 2006. Archiving directly from the field. IN Sustainable data from digital fieldwork, ed. by Linda Barwick and Nicholas Thieberger, 23-32. Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press. 

Robinson, Laura C. 2005. A grammatical sketch of Tindal Dusun. University of Hawai'i Working Papers in Linguistics 36(5):1-31.

Dissertation Abstract:
Dupaningan Agta is an Austronesian language spoken in northeastern Luzon, Philippines by approximately 1,400 semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers belonging to the Negrito ethnic minority. The language is endangered and is rapidly losing child speakers. This dissertation introduces the language situation and discusses phonology (synchronic and historical) and morphosyntax (word order, word classes, the verb complex, aspect, case marking, nominalization, question formation, relative clauses and other essential aspects of Dupaningan grammar). Dupaningan Agta has a relatively simple phonological system, with fifteen consonants and five vowels. Morphosyntactically, the language has a typical Philippine-type "focus" or "symmetrical voice" system. Finally, this dissertation includes a substantial vocabulary and selection of texts. Download the dissertation in PDF here.

PhD, Linguistics, 2008, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
B.A., Linguistics & Anthropology, 2002, University of California, Davis

Introduction to Linguistic Morphology (Fall 2011, University of Alaska Fairbanks) [syllabus]
Seminar in Language Documentation (Spring 2009, Rice University) [syllabus]
Field Methods: Part 2 of a 2 semester course (Spring 2009, Rice University) [syllabus]
Field Methods: Part 1 of a 2 semester course (Fall 2008, Rice University) [syllabus]
Historical Linguistics (Fall 2008, Rice University)
Introduction to Linguistics (Summer 2009, Holy Names University)
Introduction to the study of languages (2007-2008, University of Hawai'i at Manoa) [syllabus]

Class handouts you may find useful:
Using Toolbox to make dictionaries [pdf]
Interlinearizing with Toolbox [pdf]
Using Audiamus to build a multimedia corpus [pdf]
Funding sources for graduate students [pdf]
Useful tips for MS Word for linguists [pdf]

A copy of my CV [PDF]