Conor Pyle graduated in 2013 from TCD with an MPhil on serial verbs in two dialects of Australia’s Western Desert and is now entering his third year as a PhD candidate, with a dissertation on “Valence adjusting structures in Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra in a Role and Reference Grammar account”. This is a syntactic study of three Western Desert dialects that analyses passives, causatives and other structures that add, remove or alter clause arguments. Ultimately it is a study in linguistic typology that looks for patterns that compare and contrast to those found in languages from other families. His other interests are in current and historic language variation in spoken and written forms, including dialectology and historical linguistics.
At the Dublin Language Garden, Conor will be leading you in a game of morpheme-based ‘Boggle’! Check out our activities page to find out more!