Sihong Zhang is a PhD student of the LCRC, Cairns Institute. He is now working on Ersu, a previously underdocumented language spoken in the South-west of mainland China.

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PhD Project Description
Ersu is a previously underdocumented and highly endangered language spoken in the southwest of China, neighbouring Tibet and Yunnan Province. The PhD project is to write a descriptive grammar of the language based on two lengthy periods of “immersion fieldwork” and the theoretic framework of “Basic Linguistic Theory”. This is the first in-depth study of Ersu in the area of linguistics, which will not only enrich synchronic linguistic typology, but also benefit the Ersu communities in preserving their culture and ethnic identity. The outcome of the project will include a PhD thesis and several refereed journal/conference papers.