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20.05.2008 09:11 Age: 11 yrs

Karen catches up

Sept 20, 06: Karen Park revisits old haunts and catches up with friends in Fiji

Karen with some friends in Daku

Sept 20, 06: When Karen Park first came to Fiji a couple of years ago, it was as an American Peace Corps Volunteer.

In July she came back to revisit her old haunts, combining business and pleasure by doing a couple of weeks’ fieldwork among the people she got to know in the villages of Daku, in Kadavu, and Komave, in the province of Nadroga.

Karen is a student at Oxford University, in Great Britain, and is working on a thesis for an MPhil in linguistics.

She is interested in language change and was trying to understand what determines people’s choice of dialect in a multilingual situation.

Karen was attached to SLAM for a few days before her trips to Daku and Komave, and she came back to present a seminar on her work before flying back to Oxford.

She explained her approach to research and talked about some of the inevitable problems one encounters in ‘the field’, in spite of the most careful planning.

We wish Karen well and look forward to seeing her again once she has completed her degree.

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