Dr Cathryn Donohue

BA (Hons) (ANU), MA (UCLA), PhD (Stanford)
Research Associate, Linguistics
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Linguistics 2004
  • Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) 200408
  • Laboratory Phonetics And Speech Science 200404
  • Language In Time And Space (Incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology) 200406
  • Chinese Languages 200311
  • South East Asian Languages (Excl. Indonesian) 200314
  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) 200405

Research interests

Morphosyntax (especially case marking and agreement), tonal phenomena (phonetics, phonology, perception), language variation, issues in language vitality. 

Sino-Tibetan languages (especially Tibeto-Burman languages of the Himalayas). 


I am a field linguist, working with lesser studied/endangered languages, focusing on issues of micro- and macro-variation as well as language vitality and maintenance. 

ANU trained as an undergraduate (first class Honours), but US trained for docotoral studies (PhD Stanford) created a mix of both appreciation of data and pretheoretical analyses, as well as typological implications of theoretical proposals as seen in the work I do. 


Researcher's projects

Nubri language project Documentation and description of Nubri language: sociolinguistic landscape, morphosyntactic variation. Community literacy and outreach. 

Bumthang language project Case variation in Bumthang 

Hong Kong Minority Dialects Salvage documentary work, sociolinguistic studies. 


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