School of Interdisciplinary Studies Indigenous and Endangered Languages Lab

Current Projects

There's always something cooking in the lab! At the moment, Prof. Benedicto and her collaborators and students are working on three major projects involving motion predicates, creoles and sign languages.

Motion Predicates Project

This project analyses the formal syntactic properties of motion predicates in the following languages:

  • Tati (an endangered indigenous language of Iran)... with Neda
  • Ghanaian Student Pidgin... with Kwaku Osei-Tutu
  • Otomi, Mazahua, P'orhépecha, Au'dam (indigenous languages of Mexico)... with N. Hernández-Green, M. Knapp, A. Victoria Sebastian, A. Capistran and G. Garcia Salido.

Creole Studies

Though largely syntax-based, this project also investigates various other aspects of the following creole languages:

  • Ghanaian Student Pidgin (spoken in Ghana, West Africa)... with Kwaku Osei-Tutu
  • Limon Kryol (spoken in Limon, Costa Rica)... with René Zúñiga Argüello

Sign Languages Project

various researchers in the lab are working on a number of sign languages:

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