Martha Tsutsui Billins

Martha Tsutsui Billins is the host & producer of Field Notes. She has an MA in Language Documentation & Description from SOAS, University of London. She is currently a PhD Linguistics candidate at SOAS. Her research focuses on the Ryukyuan language Amami Oshima, specifically  honourifics and politeness strategies in the context of language endangerment. Martha has conducted fieldwork in London (researching Uchinaayamatuguchi, a mixed language of Okinawa) and Amami Oshima (Setouchi variety).

Martha has three years of experience of working at the Endangered Languages Archive, where she worked as an Archive Assistant (and later Senior Archive Assistant). She has also worked with the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre for Documentation, Research & Information (Docip) as well as the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social & Language Documentation (CIDLeS).

Martha has trained researchers and community members in language documentation and methodology, including; audio and video recording & equipment, metadata creation (CMDI and IMDI metadata formats), data management, informed consent, ethnography and digital archiving. She has trained local researchers and community members in capacity building workshops held all over the world, including London, Berlin, Amami, and Lisbon.

To read about Martha’s daily routine in the field, you can visit this post on the ELAR blog.

When Martha is not working on her thesis, podcasting, or in the field, she is spending time with her family and her rescue pup, probably outside.