1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Jessica Boynton

Pre-Fieldwork

P.O. Box 400120 

I come from a background working on the E-MELD team on Linguist List, which aimed to establish and disseminate consensus about standards of best practice for digital language documentation, and linguistic fieldwork first in Argentina, then in Australia. Over the years, my focus has shifted from language documentation and description to the ethnography of language documentation - that is, the study of what documentary linguists do when they're in the field. My proposed research aims to study the reception and response to orthographies of minority languages for which there has historically been limited literacy infrastructure. In this study, I plan to include intragroup comparisons among people from demographics that have different experiences with language work and vernacular literacy, as well as between individuals at different stages of fluency / multilingualism concerning the vernacular language. Special attention will be given to the influence of missionaries vs academic linguists vs grassroots language workers, the effect hat formal literacy education in the majority language and/or the vernacular may have on acceptance of the orthography, and the interrelationship between vernacular language (non)fluency, individual phonological systems, and receptions of vernacular orthographies.

Specializations

Endangered Languages, Ethnography of Language Documentation, Orthography Development

Graduate Students

Cory-Alice Andre-Johnson
Pre-Fieldwork
Julia Barnes
Pre-Fieldwork
Irtefa Binte-Farid
Conducting Field Research
Lee Bloch
Conducting Field Research
Jessica Boynton
Pre-Fieldwork
Erika Brant
Fieldwork Completed
Alison Broach
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Burnett
Pre-Fieldwork
Tracie Canada
Pre-Fieldwork
Jacqueline Cieslak
Fieldwork Completed
Sherri Lynn Colby-Bottel
Resident Ph.D. Alum
Lucas de Carvalho
Fieldwork Completed
Dannah Dennis
Fieldwork Completed
Brandon Dillard
Pre-Fieldwork
Bremen Donovan
Pre-Fieldwork
Grace East
Pre-Fieldwork
Kyle Edwards
Pre-Fieldwork
Anna Eisenstein
Conducting Field Research
Johnathan Favini
Pre-fieldwork
David Flood
Fieldwork Completed
Macario Garcia
Conducting Field Research
Julia Jong Haines
Conducting Field Research
Beth Hart
Fieldwork Completed
Nathan Hedges
Fieldwork Completed
Ida Hoequist
Pre-Fieldwork
Carolyn Howarter
Fieldwork Completed
Yu-Chien Huang
Fieldwork Completed
Erin Jordan
Pre-Fieldwork
Jiyeon Kang
Conducting Field Research
Dionisios Kavadias
Fieldwork Completed
Daniel King
Pre-Fieldwork
Kristin LaHatte
Fieldwork Completed
Mu Li
Pre-Fieldwork
Sue Ann McCarty
Fieldwork Completed
Michelle Morgenstern
Pre-Fieldwork
Nathalie Nahas
Fieldwork Completed
Jeffrey Nicola
Fieldwork Completed
Susan Palazzo
Fieldwork Completed
Mary Pancoast
Conducting Field Research
Xinyan Peng
Pre-Fieldwork
Saad Quasem
Pre-Fieldwork
Alessandro Questa
Fieldwork Completed
Grace Reynolds
Fieldwork Completed
Giancarlo Rolando
Fieldwork Completed
Ekaterina Sevastakis
Pre-Fieldwork
Harri Siikala
Fieldwork Completed
Sheena Singh
Fieldwork Completed
Josh Wayt
Pre-Fieldwork
Michael Wenzel
Pre-Fieldwork
LuAnn Williams
Fieldwork Completed
Uzma Zafar
Pre-Fieldwork
Mingyun Zhang
Pre-Fieldwork