Language documentation, linguistic and cognitive diversity, multimodality with a focus on manual gesture, visual mode of language, language use and language documentation, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, the role of video in language documentation.
Women & gender in the Middle East; women’s movements and feminism in Middle East; secularism and Islamism; transnational migration, diaspora mobilization; gendering violence, war and peace; history of Iraqi women; impact of sanctions, war and occupation on Iraqi women, Iraq.
Ethnographically, the anthropology of West Africa in general, with a particular focus on the ‘Middle Belt’ of Nigeria and Cameroon. Ethnographic interests, both contemporary and historical, include: politics and religion; ethnicity and identity; material culture. Anthropologically, contemporary theories in social anthropology, and the history of twentieth-century British social anthropology.
Tibetan language from Old Tibetan to Modern Standard Tibetan; Tibetan historical and biographical literature; historical, descriptive and corpus linguistics, in particular with reference to Tibetan or other Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan languages; Chinese minorities; Mongolian
Historical linguistics, Arabic linguistics, Maltese linguistics, Arabic dialectology, language contact, linguistic variation, contact-induced language change, Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin, Dynamic Syntax, Relevance Theory, Arabic language, Afro-Asiatic languages, English
Sociality, belonging, and exclusion across cultural domains and scales; identity and personhood; cultural models and conceptual schemas; transcultural encounter and interaction (esp in tourism); kinship and relatedness; “community” and well being; social inequality; psychological anthropology, institutional ethnography, ethnographic theory & method.
Meroitic and Ancient Egyptian phonology, Nobiin Nubian language documentation and description, the ritual use of language in claims of possession, religion and language, iconicity, Cognitive Linguistics.
Burmese languages and Burmese linguistics; language policy in Burma; experimental and acoustic phonetics; computer lexicography; minority languages of South East Asia; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto Burman languages; tone languages. Sign languages in Burma and South East Asia.
Jay Latarche is the team coordinator and coder at SOAS University, London, and particularly enjoys coding Sino-Tibetan languages. They are interested in conducting further research on logogram amnesia in Mainland China.
Biu Rainey is a Grambank coder and BA student at SOAS. Outside of coding languages with Grambank, his study focusses on language and identity on the internet, particularly the orthography of memes and online/offline code-switching.
Maisie Yong is a BA Japanese and Linguistic student at SOAS, University of London and is a language coder for Grambank. Versed in both Mandarin and English, she codes mostly for Sino-Tibetan languages whose grammars are written in Mandarin. She inadvertently speaks Singlish when exasperated.