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Move and Stance Analysis Group

Jacob Rawlins and Grant Eckstein


jacob_rawlins@byu.edu and grant_eckstein@byu.edu

Description:


This group is currently investigating academic introductions across several disciplines.
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Neurolinguistics Research Group

Jeff Green and Dan Dewey


jjgreen@byu.edu and ddewey@byu.edu

Contact either professor for meeting times, information on projects, etc.

Description:


We study how the brain processes language using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and Electroencephalography (EEG) technologies. We welcome advanced Linguistics majors or highly motivated students with less linguistic background who are interested in neuroscience and in how the brain functions.
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Prescriptivism

Don Chapman and Dallin D. Oaks


801-422-8738 or don_chapman@byu.edu
801-422-6369 or dallin_oaks@byu.edu

Meetings: TBD

Description:


This research group will explore various facets of linguistic prescriptivism. These include such matters as the ideologies behind prescriptivism, issues of standardization, mechanisms for perpetuating the prescriptive tradition, how “correctness” is established, and the question of what constitutes authority in prescriptivism.
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Psychology of Language Learning Research Group

Dan Dewey and Ben McMurry


ddewey@byu.edu and ben_mcmurry@byu.edu

Email for meeting times, information on projects, etc.

Description:


We are a group of faculty and students interested in the psychology of language learning. Most recently, our efforts have focused on self-regulation, positive psychology, motivation and anxiety/stress. We have conducted research involving second language learners of English, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. We welcome those interested in how psychological variables affect the acquisition of these and other second languages.
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Editing and Information Design Research Group

Alan Manning


801-422-2974 or alan_manning@byu.edu

Meeting: by appt. with Prof. Manning
https://linguistics.byu.edu/classes/Ling580am/

Description:


We’re reviewing applied linguistics research with implications for editing and information design. The aim is to explore the literature and design new research projects in this area, and to help working editors develop portfolios in which editorial decisions are annotated with explanations of linguistic principles governing those decisions. Students can participate for 590R credit, but other interested faculty and students are welcome to sample our reading list and our recent published work, and/or discuss and develop new research projects.
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Editing Research Publication Group

Matt Baker


mattbaker@byu.edu

Description:


The publication seeks to highlight empirical research with implications for practicing editors. Students’ articles highlight research in areas such as corpus linguistics, pragmatics, syntax, ethics, and other practice-focused articles. See current work at http://editingresearch.org.
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Quechua Language Research Group

Janis B. Nuckolls


801-422-3448 or Janis_nuckolls@byu.edu

Meetings: Thursdays at 2:00pm in 4055 JFSB (Dr. Nuckolls’s office)

Description:


We are actively working on writing and preparing to publish, a grammatical description of a variety of Quechua spoken in Amazonian Ecuador. Prior experience with summer research during a BYU Ecuador Study Abroad is a definite asset.

We are also editing and adding video clips of Quechua speakers to our online corpus Quechuarealwords. Any students wanting to join this project are welcome, with or without prior experience in this language.

For proposing your own funded research, see: http://www.orca.byu.edu/orca/.
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Language Documentation Research Group

Chris Rogers


801-422-4707 or chris_rogers@byu.edu

Meetings: contact Chris Rogers for meeting times and project information

Description:


This research group focuses on various aspects of language documentation and language endangerment. We will be working on producing grammatical descriptions and comprehensive documentations of Wichi’, Sapé, Uruak, Ninam, Máku and Tol. If other languages are of interest, we will work on project creation and grant writing. This group gives participants experience in field linguistics, language analysis, typology, and historical linguistics.
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