Grüezi mitenand! I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Comparative Linguistics at the University of Zürich, as well as an honorary in the Department of Languages & Linguistics at La Trobe University and affiliated with La Trobe’s Centre for Research on Language Diversity. My work is primarily on Sinitic and under-documented Tibeto-Burman varieties — primarily central Sal varities included under Tansa & Nocte — with a focus on historical phonology and tonology.
My PhD, titled The tone system of Tangsa-Nocte and related northern Naga varieties, was done under the direction of my advisor, Dr. Stephen Morey and co-advisor Dr. Marija Tabain.
I completed my masters thesis — A Preliminary Description of the Historical Development of Modern Northern Wú Dialects (現代呉語太湖片發展的初步分析) — at the Institute of Linguistics at National Tsing Hua University (國立清華大學) under Dr. Chang Kuang-yu (張光宇)
Additionally, I developed and currently manage Phonemica (乡音苑), a crowd-sourced platform for oral history preservation and documentation of minority language varieties in and around China. Through Phonemica I work on a number of other projects including mobile phone dictionaries and data-management software intended for use by community linguists working on under-documented languages.
This site serves to consolidate publications, digital projects and information about relevant academic activities I’ve been involved with, mostly because I hate having to dig around for all that. Personal sites like John Ohala’s are a blessing.