Resources: Language Attrition Research Archive (LARA)

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In their own words, the Language Attrition Research Archive  (LARA) is interested in language loss:

This site is a bibliographical source on natural language loss, maintained by the Kellogg College Centre for the Study of Lifelong Language Learning, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, in cooperation with the ELT Department at BYU-Hawai’i and Oxford University Language Centre. Our aim is to provide a research tool for those interested in the loss of languages, either in individuals (language attrition) or in groups (language shift/death). You can use the LARA Visitors’ Book to communicate with us or to tell us of items you would like included in the listings. It is also possible to use the site Data Management tool to provide entries for LARA.

They also maintain a contact list for participating researchers.

Language Attrition Research Archive (LARA).


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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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