Linguistics Field Research Lab

Welcome!

We are faculty and students dedicated to the teaching and research of underdocumented and endangered languages. We are currently engaged in research projects on: Inuktitut (Eskimo-Aleut), Amahuaca (Panoan), Moro (Kordofanian), Choguita Rarámuri (Uto-Aztecan), Ja'a Kumiai (Yuman), Rere (Kordofanian), Huastec Nahuatl (Uto-Aztecan), Cahuilla (Uto-Aztecan), Hmong (Hmong-Mien), Xiapu Min (Min, Sinitic), Gua (Guang, Kwa), Teotepec Eastern Chatino (Oto-Manguean) and Kazakh, Krygyz, Uzbek and Uyghur (Turkic).

We are committed to linguistic description and collaborative language documentation projects whose products serve both academic linguists and indigenous communities.

For more information, you can contact Gabriela Caballero (gcaballero at ucsd dot edu).

Many of our research projects have arisen through our Field Methods/Fieldwork classes:

  • 2005, 2006: Moro (Kordofanian; Sudan)
  • 2010: GiTonga (Bantu; Mozambique)
  • 2011: Purépecha (isolate; Mexico)
  • 2012, 2013: Ixpantepec Nieves Mixtec (Oto-Manguean; Mexico)
  • 2015: Bari (Nilotic; Sudan)
  • 2016: Ja'a Kumiai (Yuman; Mexico)
  • 2018, 2019: Koalib (Rere - ŋ̀rɛ́ɛ́ɽɛ̀) (Kordofanian; Sudan)/ San Juan Piñas Mixtec (Oto-Manguean; Mexico)

Find out about who we are, our working group, our projects and recent news and events below.

News and Events

Two new faculty members join the Linguistics Field Research Lab!

We are happy to announce that two new faculty members are joining our Lab this Fall! Emily Clem (Ph.D., UC Berkeley) and Michelle Yuan (Ph.D., MIT) both specialize in Syntax and Field Research. Emily has conducted fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon on Amahuaca (Panoan), and has also worked on Tswefap (Bantu). Michelle has carried out field research on Inuktitut (Eskimo-Aleut) and has also worked on Yimas (Lower-Sepik; Papuan) and Kikuyu (Bantu). Welcome, Emily and Michelle!

The recent Annual Meeting in Phonology 6 was held at UC San Diego. It featured a "Methods in phonological data collection and analysis of underdocumented languages workshop" with three tutorials, funded by the National Science Foundation

Gabriela Caballero & Lucien Carroll presented "Underdocumented language data corpus construction" featuring Kwaras, the searchable web interface tool they co-developed with Russ Horton that links WAV audio files and time-aligned annotations produced with ELAN.

Marc Garellek presented "Electroglottography for voice analysis", and showed how it can be used for fieldwork. Michael Obiri-Yeboah helped out with the demonstration featuring EGG measures of ATR distinctions in Gua.

Bert Remijsen (U. of Edinburgh) presented a tutorial on "Investigating underdocumented tone systems" featuring languages of South Sudan.

New Undergraduate Course in Linguistic Fieldwork!

  • The newly created LIGN 139: Field Methods class was taught in Spring quarter of 2018 and 2019 by visiting professor Justin McIntosh. Students in the classes worked in collaboration with Claudia Juárez, a native speaker of San Juan Piñas Mixtec (Tu'un Savi; Oto-Manguean). Claudia Duarte-Bórquez (BA 2019) presented her research from the class along with Justin and Claudia at the 22nd annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL) at UC Santa Barbara and at UCSD’s Undergraduate Research Conference.

Upcoming and recent presentations by lab members:

  • Gabriela Caballero. 2020. TBD. Princeton Phonology Forum (PɸF 2020), Tone and phonological theory workshop, Princeton University (invited talk). Princeton University, April 10-11.
  • Ray Huaute & Gabriela Caballero. 2020. Reduplication and syncope in Cahuilla distributive verbs. Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas Annual Meeting, New Orleans.
  • Gabriela Caballero. 2019. Tone and inflection in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara): implications for the typology and theory of grammatical tone. Georgetown University Department of Linguistics Colloquium, November 8.
  • Gabriela Caballero. 2019. TBD. Georgetown University Fieldwork Forum (GUFF)/ Computational linguistics group joint meeting. November 8.
  • Farrell Ackerman. 2019. A neural network approach to Nandi number marking (with Rob Malouf). 4th American International Morphology Meeting, Stony Brook University.
  • Marc Garellek. 2019. The San Diego Hmong Language Project." Linguistic Research with Diaspora Communities. LSA Linguistic Institute Symposium, UC Davis.
  • Peter Jenks & Sharon Rose. 2019. Description in diaspora and the Moro Language Project. Linguistic Research with Diaspora Communities. LSA Linguistic Institute Symposium, UC Davis.
  • Gabriela Caballero & Austin German. 2019. Grammatical tone patterns in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara). Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, NYC.
  • Farrell Ackerman. 2018. Systemic Organization in Word-Based Morphology. IMM18 (international Morphology Meeting), Budapest. Invited Plenary Speaker.
  • Gabriela Caballero. 2018. Direccionalidad y localidad en el condicionamiento de alomorfos en Tarahumara Central. Sound Systems of Latin America 3, UMass, Amherst.
  • Adam McCollum. 2018. Gradient morphophonology: Evidence from Uyghur vowel harmony. Annual Meeting on Phonology. UC San Diego.
  • Peter Jenks & Sharon Rose. 2018. The puzzle of Moro case marking. Oral presentation at World Congress of African Linguistics 9, Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco.
  • Michael Obiri-Yeboah & Sharon Rose. 2018. Prosodic domains in Gua vowel harmony. 11th Linguistic Association of Ghana Annual Conference, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
  • José Armando Fernández Guerrero. 2018. La afirmación en el ch'ol: Enclíticos =ÄCH y =KU. Oral Presentation at the 5th Formal Analysis in Mayan Linguistics (FAMLiV). Antigua, Guatemala.
  • José Armando Fernández Guerrero. 2018. Mirativity and Mirative 'Flip' in Ch'ol. Poster presented at the 5th Formal Analysis in Mayan Linguistics (FAMLiV). Antigua, Guatemala.
  • Gabriela Caballero. 2018. Construction-based tone patterns in Choguita Rarámuri. Oral presentation at Tonal Aspects of Language (TAL) 2018, Berlin.
  • Gabriela Caballero & Marc Garellek. 2018. Multidimensional tonal realization and prosodic variation in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara). Poster presented at LabPhon 16, Lisbon.
  • Adam McCollum. 2018. Locality, transparency, and Uyghur backness harmony. 26th Manchester Phonology Meeting. University of Manchester.
  • Michael Obiri-Yeboah & Sharon Rose. 2018. Domains in Gua vowel harmony. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.
  • Andrés Aguilar. 2017. La realización de rasgos laríngeos en el kumiai de Ja'a. VIII Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America, University of Texas, Austin.
  • Gabriela Caballero & Qi Cheng. 2017. Marcación de persona en el kumiai de Ja’a: composicionalidad, homofonía y neutralización. VIII Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America, University of Texas, Austin.
  • Gabriela Caballero. 2017. Tono y estructura morfológica en el rarámuri de Choguita (Tarahumara). VIII Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America, University of Texas, Austin.
  • Matthew Zaslansky. 2017. Northern Azerbaijani Sesqui-Causative Constructions (poster). The 3rd Workshop on Turkish, Turkic and Languages of Turkey.
  • Gabriela Caballero (in collaboration with Austin German). 2017. Tone and inflection in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara): implications for the typology and theory of morphological tone. University of Chicago, Linguistics Department Colloquium.
  • Gabriela Caballero & Vsevolod Kapatsinski (U of Oregon). 2017. How agglutinative? Searching for cues to meaning in Choguita Rarámuri (Tarahumara) using an amorphous model. Invited presentation for the Workshop on Morphological Typology and Linguistic Cognition, LSA Summer Institute, Kentucky.

Fieldwork 2019 - where are we?

  • Mexico - Gaby, José Armando and Qi are working on Ja'a Kumiai; Justin was back in Oaxaca working with the Santa Lucía Teotepec Chatino community.
  • US - Ray continues to document Cahuilla on the Torres-Martinez Indian Reservation in Southern California.
  • Ghana - Michael is carrying out documentation work on Gua in Boso, Ghana, funded by a Firebird Fellowship.
  • Turkey - Nese is in Turkey working on vowel harmony in Eastern Turkish dialects, with support from the Friends of the International Center.
  • China - Yuan is in Fujian, China to document Xiapu Min, with support from the Friends of the International Center

Contact

We're located in the Applied Physics and Math Building, room 2452

Contact email: Gabriela Caballero (gcaballero at ucsd dot edu)

Mailing address: UCSD Linguistics Department, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0108