Mary Moroney - Grad Spotlight

March 19, 2018

Mary Moroney spent winter break in Chiang Mai, Thailand collecting data on the Shan language for her dissertation. This research was made possible through a Research Travel Grant from the Graduate School.

The Shan language is a Tai language spoken in Myanmar and surrounding countries. Mary’s research focuses on investigating definiteness and quantification in Shan. Chiang Mai has a large migrant community from Shan state in Myanmar. Mary has been working primarily with three Shan speakers and hopes to produce some Shan translations and audio recordings.

Mary Moroney (2nd from right) stands in a market with three Shan language speakers with whom she is doing research.