Ph.D. candidate, Folklore Program,
University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA).
(projected for completion in 2008):
Videoconferencing, as Applied to South Indian Children's
Songs-chants-dances-games and Language
The rural fieldwork occurred between March 2003 and
Dec. 2004 (twenty-one
months). The four post-fieldwork videoconferences occurred in 1)
Oct. 2004, 2) Oct. 2005, 3) Dec. 2005, and 4) May 2006.
Links to my exams and dissertation proposal are below. These
were approved by my professors in Nov. 2001.
1) Dissertation Proposal.
subsequent description of the research project, used for
fund-raising for the second year of rural fieldwork, concentrated
especially on the verbal play
and language learning aspect of the project.
2) Ph.D. Exams --
Culture Area, South India"
(Geographic area statement).
Performance of Epic and the Practice of Lament: Gender Issues, and
and Methodological Approaches"
and Mediatization of Verbal Arts"
(Theory and practical statement).
Syllabus: The Storytelling Process"
Play and Language Acquisition," a paper I wrote in 2003, is central
to my dissertation topic.