carol rose little

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I am an assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Oklahoma in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. I am interested in syntax and its connections to the semantics and morphology interfaces. The empirical basis for my work comes from my original fieldwork with under-studied languages, primarily Ch'ol (Mayan, Mexico). Prior to coming to OU, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistics at McGill University. I have a PhD in linguistics from Cornell University with graduate minors in American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Cognitive Science. Check out the OU Linguistics Program website here!

research and fieldwork

My research program brings together syntax, semantics and morphology, rooted in a strong commitment to fieldwork and language documentation. I investigate possible structural variations crosslinguistically and how these structures interface with semantic computation. My theoretical analyses draw on data collected from fieldwork with understudied languages, namely Ch'ol (Mayan, Mexico) and Mi'gmaq (Algonquian, Canada). I have funded this work with various grants including a doctoral dissertation research improvement grant jointly funded by NSF's Documenting Endangered Languages and Linguistics programs. Here is a link to my dissertation and here is a link to data that my dissertation draws on at the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA). Links to my articles, handouts and abstracts can be found here.

In addition to my linguistic research, I am the official translator for Juana Peñate Montejo's poetry from Ch'ol to English. Working with poet and author Charlotte Friedman, we have translated two collections of Peñate's and have published poems from them in literary journals such as World Literature Today, The Arkansas International and Latin American Literature Today. Our translator's note is featured in the March 2022 issue of World Literature Today. A full list of our poetry publications can be found here.

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