About me.

bradley mcdonnell

 

I am PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I primarily conduct research in the fields of syntax, pragmatics, discourse, phonetics, phonology, and language documentation.

The majority of my work focuses on Besemah, a Malayic language of Sumatra. I have done more than 20 months of fieldwork in the highlands of southwest Sumatra. I have also conducted research on other Austronesian languages, Ende (Central Malayo-Polynesian, Indonesia) and Kankanaey (Western Malayo-Polynesian, Philippines) as well as a Shona (Bantu, Zimbabwe).  

I take an integrated approach when analyzing linguistic structure, taking into account historical, social, communicative, and cognitive factors. I draw on many approaches to language, including Usage-based Linguistics, Construction Grammar, and Interactional Linguistics. 

 

contact

bjm at umail dot ucsb dot edu

 

Location

74 5th Avenue
at St. Marks Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

 

research interests

Language Documentation
Austronesian
Discourse & Grammar