Where are they now?

Over at the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project we have started a new series of web posts called ELAP in Focus where we present stories about our former MA and PhD students, and the interesting lives they are leading since studying at SOAS.

The first story about a former MA student is by Takashi Nakagawa who has been involved with community radio activism and development of broadcasting in local languages, especially concerning natural disasters. Since writing his post Takashi has been accepted with scholarship to undertake the PhD at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, which is developing a new specialisation in documentation of endangered languages.

The first story about a former PhD student is by Stuart McGill who, after two years as a post-doctoral researcher, is now working in information technology and doing linguistics in his spare time.

We plan to publish new stories around once or twice a month in future so readers may wish to check the website regularly for updates.

Update 28 January 2011 — two new stories have now been added: former MA student Sim Tze Wei, who is an activist for Hokkien, and former PhD student Pete Budd who is working in English as a Foreign Language.

More stories will appear in coming weeks.

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