Dissertations on endangered language grammar

Stephen Matthews matthews at HKUCC.HKU.HK
Wed Jun 18 12:08:37 UTC 2014

Dear all,
This raises the question of which PhD programs consider documentation
and´description as valid for a PhD project.
At HKU we do, and indeed prioritise such work. Here is one example which is
now available as PDF:

Zhang, Paiyu. 2013. The Kilen language of Manchuria: grammar of a moribund
Tungusic language


On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 4:59 AM, Lauren Gawne <lauren.gawne at gmail.com>

> Dear all,
> I am currently doing some work looking at the structure of PhD
> dissertations that are grammatical descriptions or grammars, and I am
> having a particularly difficult time finding work beyond the USA, Australia
> and The Netherlands.
> In particular I am looking for:
> -    PhD dissertations/theses (no MA sorry!);
> -    Dated 2003-2012;
> -    That are based on primary documentation of a language, and are either
> a grammatical description of the whole system, or focus on a specific
> morpho-syntactic area;
> -    Are from institutions not in Australia/Canada/USA/Netherlands;
> -    Are in English;
> -    That I could access as an electronic copy.
> I know that those countries do dominate the research field in this area,
> but I'm hoping to add to the few examples that I already have. They do not
> need to be T-B focused.
> If you are able to help me at all, I would be much obliged.
> Many thanks,
> Lauren
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