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nay san
Australian National University

nay san

Australian National University

About

Currently, I am based at the Australian National University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, where I am primarily working with Jane Simpson to develop tools and workflows to clean, process and transform lexicographical data from several Australian languages.

Previously, I completed a Master of Research (Linguistics) on vowel variation in Kaytetye (pronounced kay-titch, an endangered Central Australian language) at Macquarie University and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, and also a Bachelor of Arts (Honours I, French) on the perception of French vowels by Australian-English learners of French at the University of Queensland.

From September 2018, I'll be joining the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University.

In a nutshell: I have a keen interest in the systematic organisation of language—both formally and practically.


Resumé

Full CV (PDF)

Education

2015 – 2016

2015 – 2016

Master of Research (Linguistics)
Macquarie University
ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
Thesis title: A quantitative analysis of vowel variation in Kaytetye
Supervisor: Michael Proctor
GPA: 4.0/4.0
2013 – 2014

2013 – 2014

Bachelor of Arts (Hons I) in French
University of Queensland
Thesis title: Perceptual assimilation and categorical discrimination of French vowels by Australian-English learners of French
Supervisors: Barbara Hanna & Michael Tyler
GPA: 7.0/7.0
2007 – 2011

2007 – 2011

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)
Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy & French)
University of Queensland
GPA: 5.4/7.0

Employment

2017 – pres.

2017 – pres.

Research Assistant
ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language
Australian National University
2016 – pres.

2016 – pres.

Research Assistant
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
University of Sydney
2016

2016

Teaching Assistant
Department of Linguistics
Macquarie University
2014 – 2015

2014 – 2015

Research Assistant
Child Language Lab
Macquarie University
2013 – 2014

2013 – 2014

Research Assistant
School of Languages & Cultures
University of Queensland
2011 - 2012

2011 - 2012

Teaching Assistant
Ministry of Education, Aurillac, France
English language TA in 3 primary schools
2009 – 2011

2009 – 2011

Teaching Assistant
School of Mathematics & Physics
University of Queensland

Scholarships & Awards

2016

2016

Summer Research Scholarship in Linguistics
Australian National University
2016

2016

Research Training Pathway (RTP) Scholarship, Year 2
Macquarie University
2015

2015

RTP Scholarship, Year 1
Macquarie University
2014

2014

G. M. Grassie Memorial Prize
Highest graduating grade in BA (Hons) in French (2014)
University of Queensland
2013 2010 2009

2013 2010 2009

Summer Research Scholarships in
Linguistics (2013) and mathematics (2010, 2009)
University of Queensland
2010

2010

Travel Grant for exchange semester
University of Queensland
2010

2010

Exchange student living allowance
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Research

A Kaytetye-to-English multimedia dictionary

I manage the Kaytetye lexical data and developed the compilation tools to gather lexical, audio and image data into a dictionary application.

with Myfany Turpin

Vocalic allophony in Kaytetye

Part of my thesis research involves developing an acoustic description of vowel variation in Kaytetye.

with Michael Proctor, Myfany Turpin, Mark Harvey and Katherine Demuth

Articulatory characteristics of Kaytetye coronal consonants

I developed visualisation and classification methods to facilitate validation of ultrasound data, which were collected in fieldwork conditions.

with Michael Proctor, Myfany Turpin, Mark Harvey and Katherine Demuth

Presentations

2017

San, N. (2017, January). Towards collaborative and reproducible workflows in the language sciences. Presentation for the Australian National University/ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language Summer Research Scholarship prgram.

2016

San, N. (2016, December). Using version control to facilitate a reproducible and collaborative workflow in acoustic phonetics. Poster presented at the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Western Sydney University. Submitted 4-page paper in Proceedings of SST2016, p. 341–344.

2015

San, N., Proctor, M., Turpin, M., Harvey, M., Ringbauer, K., Ross, A. & Demuth, K. (2015, December). An acoustic analysis of Kaytetye vowel variability. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS), Western Sydney University.

San, N., Proctor, M., Turpin, M., Harvey, M., Ringbauer, K., Ross, A. & Demuth, K. (2015, July). Variability of vowels in Kaytetye words. Paper presented at the Arandic Phonetics and Phonology Workshop, Alice Springs.

Proctor, M., San, N., Turpin, M., Harvey, M. Demuth, K., Davies, B., Ross, A. & Lin, S. (2015, July). Quantitative analysis of Kaytetye coronals. Paper presented at the Arandic Phonetics and Phonology Workshop, Alice Springs.

Proctor, M., Davies, B., San, N., Demuth, K., Harvey, M., Turpin, M. & Lin, S. (2015, March). Investigating tongue shaping in Kaytetye obstruents. Paper presented at the 14th Australian Languages Workshop (ALW), Australian National University, Kioloa.

San, N. (2015, March). Visualising the articulatory characteristics of Kaytetye coronal consonants. Paper presented at the Building Corpora for Australian Languages workshop, Australian National University, Canberra.

2014

San, N. & Turpin, M. (2014, December). Acoustic correlates of stress in Kaytetye words. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS), University of Newcastle.

San, N. & Turpin, M. (2014, August). Acoustic correlates of stress in Kaytetye words. Paper presented at the Workshop on Word Stress and Accent, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

San, N. & Turpin, M. (2014, June). Acoustic correlates of stress in Kaytetye words. Colloquium at the CLaS-CCD Research Colloquium Series, Macquarie University, Sydney.

San, N. (2014, February). Perceptual learning of second language vowel contrasts. Paper presented at Rhizomes VIII, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

2013

San, N. (2013, December). The perception of French vowels by Australian-English-speaking learners. Poster presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the Australian Society of French Studies (ASFS), University of Queensland, Brisbane.


Useful links

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General tools

These are the tools/software that have come to be quite indispensible for me, and my generally non-linear workflow.


Personal

Outside academia, I enjoy doing a bunch of things with varying levels of regularity and amateurishness. I can only suspect the two are correlated, as STATS101 warns me about jumping to conclusions about causation.

Cycling

My current bike is a 2015 Fuji Tread 1.1, which I unimaginatively but endearingly call Fuji-san, like a reliable relative worthy of my respect. Obligatory logging of data generated by pedaling around can, of course, be found on Strava. On occasion, I roll with the folks at Sydney X Rides.

Cooking

Behind a Blue Door is a recipe blog Jo, my then housemate, and I created in 2013, while living in a house whose front door was blue. A series of recipes to be posted after we moved out for Beyond a Blue Door has been in – perpetual – planning.


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