Brenda H. Boerger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics
University of Texas at Austin
1984 Ph.D. Linguistics
1975 B.A. Linguistics and English
Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL), Dallas, Texas
2008-pres Assistant Professor
2007 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and TESOL
University of North Texas
2006-2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of English
1987-2008 Advisor, Natqgu Language Project, Santa Cruz island, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands
1999-2006 Linguistics & Translation Consultant for Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group
2008 Reefs-Santa Cruz as Oceanic: evidence from the verb complex, with Åshild Næss.
Natqgu Literacy: Capturing Three Domains for Written Language Use.
Language Documentation and Conservation
, University of Hawai'i. 1(2):126-153.
More than a grace note.
, Volume 7(2-3):6-10.
A first look at Äiwo phonology and morpho-phonemics, with implications for Äiwo orthography.” Unpublished in-house working paper.
Extending Translation Principles for Poetry and Biblical Acrostics.
Notes on Translation
When C, Q, R, X, and Z are vowels: an informal look at Natqgu orthography.
Notes on Literacy
On reconstructing voiced aspirated stops and retroflexed stops for Proto-Gypsy,
Proceedings of 1986 forum of LACUS
. Ph.D. dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin.
Natqgu Book Publications
Nzryrngrkxtr Kc Ate, Ruth x Sam/The Later Holy Writings, Ruth and Psalms, 900 pages.
Natqgu-English Diglot spelling dictionary.
Buk Kc Kai Mz Natqgu/The First Book for Natqgu, (alphabet primer), editor.
Be Kang Kqlu Mz Natqgu/Many Stories in Natqgu (graded reader with 43 stories and essays)
Six illustrated easy readers in Natqgu
Buk ngö Be Nëyö Më Natügu/Book of Stories Written in Natqgu.
“On using Welsh poetic forms to translate Hebrew poetry into English.” GIAL Academic Forum.
“Musical Genres in Santa Cruz island, Solomon Islands.” Ethnomusicology class presentation.
“The Connection Between Literacy and Singing in Santa Cruz Island, Solomon Islands.”
Sociolinguistics round table, Dallas SIL, Dallas, TX
“A Look at Solomon Islands Pijin.” Linguistics guest lecture. University of Texas, Austin
“Phonological and Morphophonemic Rules in Natqgu.” Phonology guest lecture.
“Rephonemicization before ENG: the little Texas vowel shift.” LASSO
“On reconstructing two words for 'foot' in Proto-Romanes.” SALA
“The reconstruction of retroflexed stops for Proto-Romanes.” UT Linguistics colloquium
Areas of Interest
historical & comparative – Oceanic & Indo-European, History of the English language
structure of Natqgu
Gypsy language and culture
interface of linguistics and literature – translating poetry