Dr Michael Franjieh
School of Humanities and Social Science
- Phone:(02) 4921 6031
Michael Franjieh is a linguist based at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Mike is an Oceanic language specialist with a specific focus on the languages of Vanuatu. Mike is collaborating with the Endangered Languages Documentation Theory and Application research group based in the linguistics department at UoN.
Endangered Languages in Vanuatu
Mike’s current project is an Endangered Language Documentation Project (ELDP) funded Post Doc working on a documentation and description of the highly endangered language of Fanbak. With around 100 active speakers of varying fluency, Fanbak was originally spoken in the two villages of Fanbak and Orkon on the eastern coast of Ambrym Island, Vanuatu, and comprised of two dialects. These villages are no longer inhabited and the speech community is now highly fragmented and dispersed throughout the dominant North Ambrym language area. The documentation will consist of a grammar sketch, a corpus of texts from different speech genres, and a detailed sociolinguistic study of social networks and language shift/loss, focusing on how competing background languages affect language use.
Mike specialises in Oceanic classifier systems and their similarities and differences to noun class/gender systems. Mike is interested in grammar writing and lexicography and morphosyntax.
Mike also works on language maintenance and has initiated vernacular language education in the North Ambrym language, Vanuatu. Mike, together with community members and local teachers developed a vernacular language curriculum and developed forty different reading books and a trilingual dictionary. North Ambrym is now being taught at the kindergarten and primary level.
At the University of Surrey I have lectured the UG module in Language Diversity and the PG module in Global Diversity in Language and Communication as well as the PG module, Introduction to Research Methods: Answering Questions with Evidence.
At the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Mike convened the following courses: Field Methods (PG), Morphology (UG.PG), General Linguistics (UG). Mike was also the Graduate Teaching Assistant for Intermediate Syntax (UG)
Convening courses; creating and marking assignments and exams; marking PG dissertations; helping students during office hours, providing both pastoral and academic advice; participating in departmental and exam scrutiny meetings.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of London
- Bachelor of Arts - German, Linguistics & Computer, University of London
- Master of Arts in Language Documentation, University of London
- Field Methods
- General Linguistics
- Language Description
- Language Documentation
- Literacy Development
- Oceanic Languages
- Research Methods
- German (Fluent)
- Bislama (Fluent)
- English (Mother)
Fields of Research
|200408||Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)||60|
|200406||Language in Time and Space (incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology)||20|
|200405||Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)||20|
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Book (1 outputs)
|2015||Franjieh M, The languages of Vanuatu: Unity and diversity, Asia Pacific Linguistics, Canberra (2015) [A3]|
Chapter (2 outputs)
Journal article (1 outputs)
Franjieh M, 'Indirect possessive hosts in North Ambrym: Evidence for gender', Oceanic Linguistics, 55 87-115 (2016) [C1]
Â© by University of HawaiÂ¿i Press. All rights reserved. Indirect possessive hosts (IPHs) in Oceanic languages are normally described as relational classifiers, whereby the classi... [more]
Â© by University of HawaiÂ¿i Press. All rights reserved. Indirect possessive hosts (IPHs) in Oceanic languages are normally described as relational classifiers, whereby the classifier characterizes the real world semantic relation between the referent of the possessor and the possessed. The IPHs in the language of North Ambrym (Oceanic, Vanuatu) do not function as relational classifiers but instead match several of the criteria established for markers of gender. First, the IPHs in North Ambrym act as agreement markers in anaphoric possessive constructions. Second, the IPHs are specified in the lexical entry of the noun, and a noun only occurs with one IPH, unlike a classifier system where a possessed noun can occur with different IPHs. Evidence from different linguistic experiments will be presented that support the analysis of IPHs as gender markers. The experiments test different uses of possessed nouns and show that IPHs in North Ambrym do not change dependent upon interactional contexts, as expected in a fluid classifier system. Instead, each possessed noun is restricted to occur with just one IPH.
Conference (1 outputs)
|2011||Franjieh MJ, Von Prince K, 'Classifying nouns vs. classifying relations: a case study from Ambrym', Proceedings of Conference on Language Documentation & Linguistic Theory 3 (2011)|
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||3|
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20152 grants / $241,619
Funding body: The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project
|Funding body||The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project|
|Project Team||Doctor Michael Franjieh|
|Scheme||Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship|
|Type Of Funding||International - Competitive|
Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
|Funding body||University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts|
|Project Team||Doctor Michael Franjieh|
|Type Of Funding||Internal|
20131 grants / $25,000
Funding body: Christensen Fund
|Funding body||Christensen Fund|
|Scheme||International - Competitive|
|Type Of Funding||External|
October 2, 2014
The University of Newcastle has been awarded three grants from the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP), UK, to assist in the documentation of endangered Pacific languages.