Shobhana Chelliah



     As a documentary linguist, my days are agreeably filled with collecting, archiving, and analyzing language data in interaction with native speakers of Tibeto-Burman languages of northeast India.   Along with my students, I am currently contributing to efforts to standardize the writing system for the Lamkang community (Manipur State, India).  We are also working on creating a lexical database and grammatical sketch to contribute to revitalization efforts.   From 2012-2015, I served as the Program Director for the Documenting Endangered Languages program at the National Science Foundation and I continue to review for the foundation.  My publications include The Grammar of Meithei (Mouton 1997) and the Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork (co-authored with Willem de Reuse, Springer 2010).  Along with John Peterson, I am the series editor for Brill’s Studies in South and Southwest Asian Languages.  I am an Associate Editor of the journal Himalayan Linguistics and am on the Editorial Board of the journal Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. 


Phone: (940) 565-2473

Office: G178C Discovery Park


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