Anna Belew

Anna Belew

Assistant Project Manager

Hi. I'm Anna, and I'm really glad to be at LINGUIST List.

I've been interested in how language works since I was a kid, when I realized that no matter how fast you say them, [t] plus [h] does not make [θ]. Since then, I've been trying to figure out some of the other (endlessly complex, mystifying, awesome) ways language works.

I went to school at Boston University for my BA (linguistics & English literature, 2008) and MA (linguistics, 2010). My thesis involved designing a web-based lexicon tool for field linguists, then test-driving it by building an audio lexicon of Medumba [byv]. Most of my documentation work has been with Medumba, including fieldwork in and around Bangangté, Cameroon, in 2010 and 2012. I'm interested in all kinds of stuff, but my major interests are documentary linguistics, African languages, sociolinguistics, technology for language documentation and conservation, and the ethics of language documentation.

Here at LINGUIST List, I'm project manager for the Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat) project's Africa and Australia sections, and for the development and maintenance of the Endangered Languages Project website. I also post conference announcements, manage the internship program, help with grant writing, do QC, work on publicity and outreach, and Manage Miscellaneous Things.

When I'm not being a linguist, I enjoy reading books, looking at animals, thinking about spaceships, and volunteering at 826michigan.