Fieldwork grant to Ying Gong and Andre Batchelder-Schwab!

Ying Gong and Andre Batchelder-Schwab have received funding for a project, titled “Fieldwork on Ersu and Yi language in Southwest China” from the East and Inner Asia Council (EIAC), with the support of the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation (CCKF).

This fieldwork focuses on two under-studied Tibeto-Burman languages–Ersu (a Qiangic language) and Nuosu Yi (a Lolo-Burmese language)–which are found in roughly the same area in Southwest China. Not only have both languages had just limited prior linguistic work, but also data vital for theoretical studies of these languages has not yet been collected, especially with Ersu, which is a critically endangered language. With particular interests in semantics and syntax, this project will be eliciting linguistic data on topics including comparison strategies and (in)direct evidence reference strategies.