Claire Bowern to host ‘grammar boot camp’ for undergraduate students in Summer 2015

November 22, 2014
This summer, Associate Professor Claire Bowern will hold a ‘grammar boot camp’ for advanced undergraduate students, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.
Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2015. Detailed instructions for how to apply can be found at the call for applicationsThe following is a description of the program
Focus: Claire Bowern will be holding a summer ‘grammar boot camp’ from June 1 to June 26, 2015. The idea is to have up to four advanced undergraduate students work intensively on existing high-quality archival field notes and recordings with the aim of producing a publishable sketch grammar. Students will receive a stipend and travel expenses to come to Yale.
Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate
Special Qualifications: Because of funding restrictions, this is only open to US citizens and permanent residents.
This project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program; as such, applicants are limited to US citizens or permanent residents. Students who have graduated in Spring 2015 will be eligible to apply. The targeted cohort is undergraduates who will have just finished either their junior or senior year. 
The materials to be worked on will be from an Australian Aboriginal language from Western Australia and will include both print materials and audio files. It is probable that the ‘print’ materials will already be digitized and in Toolbox. 
Students will meet twice a day as a group to discuss analyses and writing. They will spend the rest of the time working with the materials in the Linguistics department. They will receive regular detailed feedback on the analysis and writing. Familiarity with Australian languages is not required but it is expected that successful applicants would do some reading of grammars of related languages prior to the start of the boot camp.
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