Dr Charlotte Hemmings

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at the University of Oxford, undertaking research into the role of information structure in determining syntactic choices in the languages of Northern Sarawak, Malaysia. I am also a Retained Lecturer in Linguistics at Worcester College.

Research:

My main research interests are: Language Documentation and Description; Austronesian languages; Syntactic Typology and Theory and Information Structure.

My research focuses on syntactic variation in the Western Austronesian languages of Northern Sarawak, particularly Kelabit, Lun Bawang and Sa’ban. I am particularly interested in voice systems, word order and the different functions of case-marking. The primary aim of the research is to establish the extent of variation in order to better understand Western Austronesian typology as a whole. It addresses the parameters of variation and the implications that these have for ongoing theoretical and historical debates.

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