Professor of Burmese
Departmental Director of Student Experience
Professor of Burmese
Academic Staff, Centre of South East Asian Studies
- Professor Justin Watkins
- Email address:
- 020 7898 4254
- SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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I originally did BA in Chinese and Russian at Leeds University, but came to SOAS in 1994 and have never left. I did an MA in Phonetics here, and soon learnt that SOAS is the best place to be for anyone with an interest in languages beyond European borders.
I decided to concentrate on experimental and acoustic phonetics while studying for the MA, but at the same time started learning Burmese. The phonetics of Mon-Khmer language Wa was the subject of my PhD research, and I spent time in Yunnan and in Burma doing fieldwork for my dissertation. I have been visiting Burma regularly since 1997.
I first became Lecturer in Burmese at SOAS in 1999, and currently teach a range of courses in Burmese, Khmer and Phonetics. My current research interests include the Wa Dictionary Project, and the phonetics and linguistics of Burmese and other South-East Asian languages, especially minority languages.
Most recently, I have become interested in the languages of the Deaf communities in Burma, who use a number of number of interrelated sign-languages, and hope very much to be able to do more research on sign languages in Burma and in South-East Asia in the future.
I welcome anyone interested in coming to SOAS to study any of these subjects, be it at BA, MA or PhD level, to get in touch to find out more.
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Watkins, Justin (2013) Dictionary of Wa (2 vols). Leiden: Brill.
Watkins, Justin (2002) The Phonetics of Wa. Experimental Phonetics, Phonology, Orthography and Sociolinguistics. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, The Australian National University.
Watkins, Justin (2013) 'A first account of tone in Myebon Sumtu Chin'. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, (36) 2, pp 97-127.
Watkins, Justin (2013) 'A first look at tone in Myebon Sumtu Chin'. SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics, (16), pp 79-104.
Watkins, Justin (2003) 'Tone and Intonation in Burmese'. Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, pp 1289-1292.
Watkins, Justin (2001) 'Pitch-phonation correlations in Sgaw Karen'. SOAS Working papers in Linguisitics and Phonetics, (1), pp 31-44.
Watkins, Justin (2000) 'Notes on creaky and killed tone in Burmese'. SOAS Working papers in Linguisitics and Phonetics, (10), pp 139-149.
Watkins, Justin (1997) 'Can phonation types be reliably measured from sound spectra? Some data from Wa and Burmese'. SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics, (7), pp 321-339.
Vittrant, Alice and Watkins, Justin, (eds.), (2019) The Mainland Southeast Asia Linguistic Area. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs; 314).
Watkins, Justin, (ed.), (2005) Studies in Burmese linguistics. Canberra: Pacific linguistics, Research school of Pacific and Asian studies, The Australian national university.
Vittrant, Alice and Watkins, Justin (2019) 'Introduction: Languages of the Mainland Southeast Asia linguistic area – Grammatical Sketches'. In: Vittrant, Alice and Watkins, Justin, (eds.), The Mainland Southeast Asia Linguistic Area. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton, pp 1-11.
Watkins, Justin (2019) 'Wa (Paraok)'. The Mainland Southeast Asia Linguistic Area. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton, pp 432-474.
Brunelle, Marc and Kirby, James and Michaud, Alexis and Watkins, Justin (2018) 'Prosodic systems: Mainland Southeast Asia'. In: Gussenhoven, Carlos and Chen, Aoju, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language Prosody. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Forthcoming]
Watkins, Justin (2013) 'Grammatical aesthetics in Wa'. In: Williams, Jeffrey P., (ed.), The Aesthetics of Grammar: Sound and Meaning in the Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 99-117.
Watkins, Justin (2007) 'Burma/Myanmar'. In: Simpson, A., (ed.), Language & National Identity in Asia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 263-287.
Watkins, Justin (2005) 'Constituent Focus in Burmese: A Phonetic and Perceptual Study'. In: Watkins, Justin, (ed.), Studies in Burmese Linguistics. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics (The Australian National University), pp 27-331.
Oyetade, Akin and Hayward, K. and Watkins, Justin (2003) 'The Phonetic Interpretation of Register: Evidence from Yoruba'. In: Local, J. and Ogden, R. and Temple, R., (eds.), Phonetic Interpretation. Papers in Laboratory Phonology IV. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 305-321.
Watkins, Justin (1999) 'Closed quotient of laryngeal gestures and settings in Wa'. Proceedings of the XIVth Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Univ of California, pp 1017-1020.
Watkins, Justin (2010) 'Topicalisation, focus-clefts and stranded prepositions in Wa' In: 20th Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, 10-11 June 2010, University of Zurich. [Unpublished]
Justin, Watkins (2010) 'Sign language in Burma: two Burmese finger spelling systems used in Yangon' In: Burma Studies Conference 2010: Burma in the Era of Globalization, 6-9 July 2010, Université de Provence, Marseille, France. [Unpublished]
Watkins, Justin (2009) 'Quelques observations sur les langues des signes en Birmanie' In: Atelier Birmanie: atelier interdisciplinaire sur le thème "Réflexions sur la Birmanie comme lieu de disparités et de convergences", 18-20 June 2009, IRSEA, Université de Provence, Marseille, France. [Unpublished]
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