Scott DeLancey

Department of Linguistics
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403, U.S.A.
(541) 346-3901
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This is a list of courses I have taught or am currently teaching: links contain course descriptions, syllabi, and/or assorted other materials.

Past Phd students:

Carol Genetti (1990) A Descriptive and Historical Account of the Dolakha Newari Dialect.
David Hargreaves (1991) The Concept of Intentional Action in the Grammar of Kathmandu Newari.
Anju Saxena (1992) Finite Verb Morphology in Tibeto- Kinnauri.
Lalnungthangi Chhangte (1993) Mizo Syntax.
Sherri Brainard (1994) Voice and Ergativity in Karao.
Insun Park (1994) Grammaticalization of Verbs in Three Tibeto- Burman Languages.
David Watters (1998) The Kham Language of West-Central Nepal (Takale Dialect).
Erik Andvik (1999) Tshangla Grammar.
Myint Soe (1999) A Grammar of Burmese.
Unchalee Singnoi (2000) Nominal Constructions in Thai.
Roberto Zavala (2000) Inversion and Other Topics in the Grammar of Olutec (Mixean).
Janne Underriner (2002) Intonation and Syntax in Klamath.
Connie Dickinson (2002) Complex Predicates in Tsafiki.
Timothy Thornes (2003) A Northern Paiute Grammar With Texts.
Joana Jansen (2010) A Grammar of Yakima Sahaptin.
Gwendolyn Hyslop (2011) A Grammar of Kurtöp.
Christopher Doty (2012) A Reassessment of the Genetic Classification of Miluk Coos.
Jung-yao Lu (2012) An Investigation of Various Linguistic Changes in Chinese and Naxi.
Virginia Beavert (2012) Wantwínt inmí Tiináwit: A Reflection of What I Have Learned..
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Chronological list of publications with link to full text when available.

Areas of active research (publications by topic -- incomplete)

Functional Syntax: Taught at the LSA Summer Institute, UC Santa Barbara (2001)

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Current Activities

Northwest Indian Language Institute

The Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) was created in 1997 in response to requests from Oregon Native tribes, who were trying to develop preservation and revitalization programs for their highly endangered languages. The current director is Janne Underinner (2002 Oregon Linguistics PhD). NILI provides consulting, curriculum development, grant-writing, and other assistance to Tribal language programs throughout the Northwest, and runs a two-week Institute each summer where teachers and others involved with language programs received training in language teaching and linguistics.

Languages of Northeast India

For the past several years I have been working in Northeast India with local linguists to promote documentation and description of the 150+ "tribal" languages of the region. I have lectured and conducted workshops in language description at Gauhati University in Assam, NEHU in Meghalaya, Manipur University, Mizoram University, and Rajiv Gandhi University in Arunachal Pradesh, and consulted with scholars and students around the North East about documentation projects.

Currently I have two Ph.D. students working on languages of Northeast India: Linda Konnerth, who is writing a grammar of Karbi for her dissertation, and Krishna Boro, from Assam, who will write a grammar of Hakhun Tangsa. Krishna is also working with me on a grammar of Boro.

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