Dr Nathan M. White has worked for nearly a decade with the Hmong diaspora community with a focus on applied natural language processing-based methods of linguistic analysis of an under-documented, low-resource language with origins in Southeast Asia. As part of his PhD, he produced the Hmong Medical Corpus, a gold-standard biomedical corpus with an integrated AI-based question-answering system, which represents the first such system for a low-resource minority language.

Currently, Dr White is a postdoctoral researcher with continuing research in machine learning and fieldwork-based data acquisition and analysis, with a focus on developing novel computational methods of analysis for linguistics as well as developing AI-based language applications in a low-resource environment.

His ongoing activities include research and development for potentially commercialisable applications in the NLP space in areas as diverse as medical communication and sustainability.

  • AN2009: Anthropological Linguistics (Level 2; CNS)
  • MA3831: Natural Language Processing, Web Scraping and Large Data Processing (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • Computational linguistics
  • Natural language processing
  • Machine learning
  • Language documentation
  • Multilingualism and language acquisition
  • Speech signal processing
  • Artificial intelligence applications for low-resource and minority languages
  • Big data analytics
  • 2021 to present - Postdoctoral Research Associate, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2017 to 2021 - Research Scholar (PhD candidate), James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Adjunct Instructor, Fresno Pacific University (Fresno, United States)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2022 - Dean's Award for Excellence, JCU
  • 2022 - Program Committee Member, Biomedical Natural Language Processing (BioNLP) Workshop
  • 2022 - Member, Australasian Language Technology Association
  • 2022 - Board Member, Western Institute for Endangered Language Documentation
  • 2022 - Associate Member, IEEE
  • 2021 - Member, Australian Linguistic Society
  • 2020 - Member, Association for Computational Linguistics

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Book Chapters
  • Aikhenvald A, Dixon R and White N (2020) The essence of 'word'. In: Phonological word and grammatical word: a cross-linguistic typology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-24
  • White N (2020) Word in Hmong. In: Phonological word and grammatical word: a cross-linguistic typology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., pp. 213-259
  • White N (2019) Classifiers in Hmong. In: Genders and Classifiers: A Cross-Linguistic Typology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 222-248
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