My current projects involve the documentation of the inflectional morphology of a small group of languages spoken on various islands in Cenderawasih Bay (Papua Barat, Republik Indonesia), in particular on Biak, Yapen, Kurudu and Meoswar. This fieldwork informs my DPhil thesis which draws a typology of inflectional classes in the languages of Papua, as well as works on the development of grammatical gender and the evolution of possessive constructions in these languages. I also work on the history of Occitan and French, in particular on their morphological development and on the diachronic behaviour of categories such as colour terms.
Mr Xavier Bach
Laming Junior Fellow in living languages
I went to two state schools in Albi (France), and read History and French at the Université de Toulouse-Jean Jaurès where I also gained a Masters degree in Medieval studies. I then worked for a few years in France as a teacher in secondary schools and in a local institute working to preserve and expand the usage of the regional language Occitan. I went back to study at Oxford for an MSt in General Linguistics. I am currently working towards completing my DPhil thesis on the typology of inflectional classes in the languages of Papua.