The Semantic Typology Lab has to date been the home to nine past and present doctoral dissertation research projects and has contributed to others beside these.
Five of these projects have been supported by Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.
I specialize in semantic typology, the crosslinguistic study of universals and variation in semantic categorization.
Semantic typologists investigate how languages vary and resemble one another in how they represent reality.
Matthew Zaslansky has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship in linguistics for the 2019-2020 academic year. 2013), currently a research scientist at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences at the University of Washington, has just accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Linguistics Department at the University of Washington. Professor Rachel Mayberry received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Research Leadership from the Mc Gill University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders where she also gave the Donald G. José Armando Fernández Guerrero, one of our first year graduate students, was awarded the Ken Hale Student Fellowship to attend the 2019 LSA Linguistic Institute at the University of California at Davis.
Beginning in September, Matthew will carry out linguistic research in the Republic of Georgia to document and describe morphosyntactic variation in the dialects of Georgian Sign Language used by deaf signers in Batumi and Tbilisi. This fellowship is awarded to a graduate student who is pursuing a course of study to document endangered languages and work with communities toward their preservation. Nina Kaldhol, one of our first year graduate students, was awarded one of an LSA Linguistic Institute Fellowship to attend the 2019 LSA Linguistic Institute at the University of California at Davis. We are delighted that Emily Clem accepted to join our faculty starting July 1, 2019.
Of these, four have involved field research on indigenous languages of Mexico.
I'm also a Mesoamericanist myself and have been conducting field research on Yucatec Maya since 1991.
Cumulatively, these projects have brought together some 60 researchers from around the world to date collecting data and jointly advancing analyses.
I also founded the Semantic Typology Lab at the University at Buffalo, which has been a forum and incubator for student and faculty research since 2008.