Tyler David Davis

Tyler David Davis
Payap University · Department of Linguistics

Master of Arts in Linguistics


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June 2015 - May 2018
Payap University
Field of study
  • Linguistics
August 2012 - December 2014


Publications (5)
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This paper provides a literature review of recent studies of Mother Tongue-based (MTB) education in Myanmar. The paper also attempts to give a sociolinguistic perspective of MTB. Coming from a politically-neutral position, the paper argues that communities should be educated and encouraged by MTB advocates to promote the development and use of thei...
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Sizang Chin exhibits verb stem alternation in which one form of a verb (Stem I) occurs in certain environments and a secondary form (Stem II) occurs in other environments. Henderson (1965) correlates Stem I with final clauses and Stem II with non-final clauses. King (2009) correlates Stem II with subordinate clauses. She also correlates Stem I with...
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Sizang Chin (Northern Kuki-Chin, Tibeto-Burman) is spoken in Northern Chin State, Burma/Myanmar. It exhibits a form of ablaut commonly referred to as “verb stem alternation” within the Kuki-Chin literature. In verb stem alternation, one form of a verb (Stem I) occurs in certain environments and a secondary form (Stem II) occurs in other environment...
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This paper re-analyzes the Tone Sandhi of Jieyáng Hakka, a language spoken in Thailand, as originally described by Shiwaruangrote (2008). Regarding tone sandhi in Jieyáng Hakka, Shiwaruangrote states the change is regressive (2008, p. 148), and the citation tones are lowered and never raised (2008, p. 146). However, there are some inconsistencies i...


Project (1)
The monograph extends author’s MA thesis (Davis, 2017) to deliver only the second ever published linguistic grammar of a Kuki-Chin (Tibeto-Burman) language (after Hartmann 2009, STEDT). The work—based on data largely taken from natural discourse—developed the author’s previous study of Siang verb alternations into a broad syntactic description of argument and clausal structure, plus a full phonological analysis. The monograph describes an otherwise an underdocumented Nothern Kuki-Chin language, and will be welcomed by Tibeto-Burmanists, typologists, and other linguists. With the growing interest of Kuki-Chin research in linguistics departments at Indiana University, University of North Texas, Dartmouth College, and several universities in India, including Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, this monograph could not be published at a better time. The contents will be entirely original, except for some modest use of data from previous research on Sizang, such as Stern (1984). The page count for this monograph will be around 200 pages in length, plus a lexicon of ~300 etyma, and sample texts.