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The Australian National University

Virginia Dawson

Virginia ('Ginny') graduated from The Australian National University in July 2013, from a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Linguistics and Spanish, and with honours in Linguistics. This required writing an honours thesis in addition to her coursework; in this case, it was concerned with the morphosyntax of the Tibeto-Burman language Tiwa (see the Ethnologue entry). As part of her honours year, Virginia conducted a 4 month field trip to Assam, Northeast India to collect data on Tiwa. She spent around three months of this field trip in the villages of Umswai, a rural community in the hills of Karbi Anglong. Here she worked closely with Tiwa people, learning the language and making recordings. When not in Umswai, Virginia spent her time in Shillong with fellow ANU students also on fieldwork, as well as on a trip to Darjeeling with her two main Tiwa informants, Juliana and Bibiana Maslai. The data she collected during this time formed the basis for her honours thesis Differential Argument Realisation in Tiwa, which can be accessed below. At graduation, Virginia was awarded the University Medal in linguistics.

Following her graduation, Ginny has continued work in linguistics, helping to survey languages of Manatuto district, in East Timor. There, together with local activists and educators, Ginny has been furthering investigation of Galolen (see also here), and the previously undescribed languages Habun, Idaté and Midiki

Virginia's publications can be accessed in PDF format below:

  • Dawson, Virginia. 2013. Differential Argument Realisation in Tiwa. Honours thesis, Australian National University. (PDF, 4.0 MB)
  • Dawson, Virginia. 2013. Person marking in Tiwa. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 36(1). 91-99. (PDF, 0.4 MB)
  • Virginia has made a number of presentations on aspects of Tiwa.

  • Berkeley Linguistic Society conference 39, 2013, UC Berkeley. Differential Argument Realisation in Tiwa. (Powerpoint presentation: PDF, 0.8 MB; Handout: PDF, 0.3 MB)
  • International conference of Sino-Tibetan languages and linguistics, 2012, NTU, Singapore. Complex Predicates in Tiwa. (Powerpoint presentation: PDF, 0.5 MB)
  • Australian Linguistic Society conference, 2012, UWA, Perth. Accusative case marking in Tiwa. (Powerpoint presentation: PDF, 0.6 MB; Handout: PDF, 0.2 MB)
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    Ginny at graduation

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