Arienne Dwyer

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme
Stay in France: from October 14 to November 16, 2018

Arienne Dwyer is a Professor of Linguistic Anthropology, and co-founded and directed a Digital Humanities institute for seven years at the University of Kansas. She was previously a Humboldt Scholar and postdoctoral researcher in Turkology and documentary linguistics at the University of Mainz, Germany. A specialist on language convergence and language ideologies, over twenty years she has partnered with communities in northern Tibet and Chinese Turkestan (Xinjiang) to analyze spoken data on a dozen endangered languages in contact with majority languages. She is the co-author of a Uyghur language text, and a teacher of Indigenous language documentation and data ethics.

The project 

Title: Dolan Adaptation and Resistance: Language, Music, and Digital Humanities


  • Language contact and variation (areal processes, typology, creolization, discourse and ideologies)
  • Digital Humanities, corpora, archiving, cyberinfrastructure: Methods, tools, cultural practices and standards for analyzing data and representing knowledge; XML; spatial analysis, digital editions
  • Research and archiving methods, open access, data ethics
  • China; Chinese Inner Asia (especially Xinjiang and Qinghai); the CIS; Transeurasian interactions
  • Language endangerment and revitalization; language technologies
  • Sinitic, Turkic, and Mongolic languages ; Indigenous languages

Selected publications


  • The Interactive Inner Asia project (documentation of endangered Turko-Mongolic languages of northern Tibet, China):
  • The Uyghur Light Verbs project (evaluating the status of “light verbs” as complex predicates, via a diachronic database of Uyghur):
  • Annotated Turki Manuscripts from the Jarring Collection Online (creating digital facsimiles and one digital edition of a large corpus of late eastern Chaghatay manuscripts, including linguistic and cultural annotations):