Shobhana Chelliah

Shobhana Chelliah a Professor in Linguistics and Associate Dean of Research and Outreach at the College of Information, University of North Texas.  She is a leading expert in Tibeto-Burman linguistics and methodologies of field and descriptive linguistics. Her publications include The Grammar of Meithei (Mouton), The Descriptive Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork (with Willem de Reuse, Springer) and numerous articles on Tibeto-Burman morphosyntax. She was the Program Director of the National Science Foundation’s Documenting Endangered Languages Program from 2012-2015.  Her NSF-funded research includes documentation of the Tibeto-Burman language Lamkang of Northeast India, a linguistically dense and diverse area of South Asia with a persistent history of political instability. The early 1990s were particularly tumultuous for the Lamkang as many experienced resettlement that led to intermarriage and loss of language transmission to younger generations.  A desire to fully understand the interof language loss and political instability evidenced in the life of the Lamkang was one contributing motivations for this conference.