Institut für Sprachwissenschaft

PhD Project: A Grammatical Description of te reo Ra’ivavae

For my dissertation I intend on writing a grammatical description of te reo Ra’ivavae, the Indigenous language of Ra’ivavae, an island of the Austral Archipelago in French Polynesia. This is an endangered, underdocumented Eastern Polynesian language of uncertain relation to surrounding languages. The description will be complemented with documentary work, the nature of which is to be decided in partnership with the community.

Outside of this project, I am engaged in Generative theoretical inquiry into the nature of the polysynthetic word – especially at the phonosyntatic interface - and have a long-standing interest in the Northern Iroquoian language family. I am also invested in language revitalisation efforts and endangered language community-oriented scholarship.

Research Interests

Polynesian, Northern Iroquoian, and Gaelic languages; language description and documentation; polysynthesis; Generative theory and Distributed Morphology; language revitalisation and community-oriented scholarship.