Hi, I am Nala Lee, a Singaporean linguist working as an assistant professor at the Department of English Language and Literature.
I have previously offered EL3213 (Language Typology).
I'm currently offering EL1101E/GEK1011 (The Nature of Language) in Semester 1, as well as EL3214 (Language Documentation) and EL5204 (Linguistic Typology, for graduate students) in Semester 2.
I welcome MA and PhD supervisees in a wide range of areas (see research interests mentioned in this profile). I also welcome supervisees who are interested in embarking on a variationist type sociolinguistics project or in producing a grammatical description of any language using a functional approach.
I am one of the co-developers of the Language Endangerment Index (LEI) that is used by the Endangered Languages Catalogue (endangeredlanguages.com). If you would like to find out more about LEI, please feel free to contact me.
I have a project that documents Kristang in Singapore (with the help of Frances Loke), and I am continuing with the documentation of Baba Malay (with the help of Ten Ting Kai and Gerald Choa). If you would like to participate in this research, I'd be happy for you to get in touch.
With regard to Baba Malay, I am studying how social meanings are encoded in the coarse-refined contrast in the language. Separately, I am also working on the language's aspectual system.
With regard to contact languages and language endangerment, I am interested in how and why contact languages become endangered, and in highlighting the issue of endangerment where these languages are concerned.
Language documentation, language endangerment and death, language contact, typology, descriptive approaches to grammar, sociophonetics, sociolinguistics
Baba Malay, Kristang, Colloquial Singapore English, and other contact languages.
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
- Lee, N. H. and J. Van Way. 2018. The language endangerment index. In L. Campbell, J. Van Way and A. Belew (eds.) Cataloguing the World's Endangered Languages. Routledge. 66-78
- Camp, A, L. Campbell, V. Chen, N. H. Lee, M. Magnuson, C. Mann, and S. Rarrick. 2018. Writing grammars of endangered languages. In K. Rehg and L. Campbell (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages. Oxford University Press. 271-304.
- Lee, N. H. and J. Van Way. 2018. Assessing degrees of language endangerment. In K. Rehg and L. Campbell (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Endangered Languages. Oxford University Press. 48-65.
- Nomoto, H, and N.H. Lee. 2012. Realis, factuality and derived-level statives: Perspectives from the analysis of Singlish got. In C. Nishida and C. Russi (eds.) Building a bridge between linguistic communities of the Old and the New World: Current research in tense, aspect, mood and modality. Cahier Chronos 25. 219-239. Amsterdam: Rodopi
- Lee, N.H. 2011. Language and the Brain. In A. Schafer and J. Terrell (eds.) Introduction to the Study of Language: Class Reader. University of Hawai'i at Mānoa: Curriculum Research and Development Group.
- Lee, N.H. 2010. What are Singaporean babies actually listening to? Prosodic aspects of multilingual motherese in Singapore. In M. Cruz-Ferreira (ed.) Multilingual Norming. Peter Lang.
ARTICLES IN JOURNALS
- Lee, N. H. 2018. Baba Malay: Diverging trends in two ecologies. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 33(1):135-172.
- Varela, M. E. and N. H. Lee. 2018. Language documentation: a reference point for theatre and performance archives? International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. DOI: 10.1080/14794713.2018.1453242
- Lee, N. H. 2017. The vitality or endangerment of some non-indigenous languages: a response to Mufwene. Language. 93(4): e234-e242
- Lee, N. H. 2018. Contact languages around the world and their levels of endangerment. Language Documentation & Conservation. 12: 53-79
- Lee, N.H. and J. Van Way. 2016. Author's response to Grenoble on the Language Endangerment Index. In Language in Society. 45(2): 301-303. N. H. Lee and J. Van Way.
- Lee, N.H. and J. Van Way. 2016. Assessing levels of endangerment in the Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat) using the Language Endangerment Index (LEI). In Language in Society 45(2): 271-292.
- Lee, N.H. 2013. Review of Shure WH30XLR cardioid headset microphone and Countryman E6 omnidirectional earset microphone. In Language Documentation & Conservation. 7:177-184.
- Lee, N.H. 2012. Multidisciplinary perspectives on the Austronesian Homeland: A critique. In Working Papers in Linguistics: University of Hawai'i at Manoa 43(4):1-15.
- Lee, N.H, H. Nomoto and A. Ling. 2009. Colloquial Singapore English got: functions and substratal influences. In World Englishes 28(3): 293-319.