Nam Noi | Marlena Lutz-Hughes
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Marlena Lutz-Hughes

My role in this project is to assess the level of convergence that has taken place between the languages involved. I’ll be working with field data from Nick, Weijian, and Gus to analyse the similarities between Kri, Bru, and and Sek, in terms of their phonology and syntax. More broadly, I aim to investigate questions such as: ‘How can we measure the similarity of languages?’, ‘How strongly are similarities between languages influenced by genealogical and areal processes?’, ‘By what mechanisms are linguistic items transferred between languages?’, and ‘Does the functioning of a language as a system impact what kind of linguistic items are shared in a language area?’. When not studying language convergence I enjoy bad movies, pumping iron, and big dogs.