About me

The primary areas of my interest are listed below.

I also write a blog that describes ideas, procedures and methods that I implement.

Linguistic Fieldwork

I have been doing linguistic fieldwork since 2008. Over this time, I witnessed fieldwork changing from a scenario where I had to go to the far-away places to work with speakers of languages, to the present-day setting where I work over the internet with speakers in far-away places. Now, the languages I work with have exceptionally challenging phonetics and morphophonology. The fact that it is possible to study these languages remotely is truly amazing, as well as reassuring to anyone who is thinking about doing linguistic fieldwork but cannot go to the field site. One of the reasons for creating this blog is to share my experience of doing linguistic fieldwork online.

With a Nuer collaborator – Rebecca – in Kikuyu
Reel speaker David learning how to use recording equipment in Rumbek

Capacity building

A big part of what motivates my work is capacity building among the speakers of the languages that I study. A question that I always ask myself – what will the people I work with get from working with me? Part of what I will be discussing in the blog are the ways that one’s academic activities can impact the world outside of academia.

Places

I have lived in a number of countries, including the U.K., Russia, Kenya, India and Indonesia and so I will dedicate parts of the blog to sharing some insider information about these places.

Crossing the equator in Kenya
With Teo and Shivana in their birthplace Bali

Parenting

I am also a parent. I have some interesting experiences in this respect, including doing my fieldwork-based PhD as a single parent with very small children in tow, relocating with them a number of times and living in culturally diverse places, having my children in a mainstream school, worldschooling and homeschooling them, so will be sharing on all those matters too.

Contact

I am always happy to meet new people, so please do not hesitate to write to me by clicking here

Petals in a dirty bathtab in Kitisuru

en_USEnglish