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ASH Scholars – Documenting Luyia Together


Position Information


Students will gain practical research experience in linguistics, by studying under-documented varieties of the Luyia language cluster of western Kenya and eastern Uganda. Students will work with original linguistic materials collected by Prof. Michael Marlo and fellow ASH Scholars. These materials include audio recordings and transcriptions of words and phrases, which are used to better understand the vocabulary and grammar of each language. The materials also include folk tales and other types of oral literature narrated by Luyia language speakers. Students will also have the opportunity to work with Prof. Rebecca Grollemund to explore the historical development of the Luyia languages.

Required Skills

This team is seeking students who have strong analytical abilities and who are eager to learn about languages they know nothing about. Some background in foreign languages, computer languages, linguistics or music is beneficial, but is not required. Students who have an interest in folklore or oral literature are also especially welcome to apply. This is a TWO Semester commitment (Fall 2017 and Spring 2018).

Preferred Qualifications

FRESHMEN are encouraged to apply! All majors are welcome.

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Please visit : for more information and APPLICATIONS. Applications are due to Dr. Marlo by July 12, 2017.

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