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Learning about Pnar traditional practices

What I do as a linguist

  I am currently working as a lecturer at NTU, Singapore. For my PhD I worked on writing a grammatical description of the Pnar language of Meghalaya, north-east India. It has been an enjoyable experience thus far, and I’ve made many good friends in the Pnar community. The older man I am interviewing in the picture above is Ma Kamai War, who is actively engaged in preserving Pnar and Khasi cultural artifacts such as instruments, clothing, jewelry, and tools, that the Pnar people no longer use. You can find more information on his website, which seems to be down at the moment, but is usually hosted on the Jaintia Hills website:

Where I work

My PhD (2015) is through Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where I currently live. I take periodic trips to India and Thailand to work with local consultants.

Online resources

You can find my current papers, drafts, and other documents on -

One of the universities I am working closely with is the North-Eastern Hill University in Shillong.


I try to keep a video blog of my experiences. Here are a few videos from my YouTube channel that illustrate some of what I experienced in India while on fieldwork.