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I am a postdoctoral fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and the School of Culture, History & Language at the Australian National University.

Prior to this, I was a British Academy Newton International Fellow hosted at the Surrey Morphology Group where I am an ongoing visiting scholar.

I completed my PhD in 2017 at the Australian National University. My research was a description of Ngkolmpu, a Yam language spoken in West Papua, along with a discussion of issues in morphological theory and typology. 

Research interests

I am fascinated by the exuberant and finely detailed structures found in languages which linguists call 'morphological complexity.' I explore this using traditional qualitative linguistics (description, typology and historical linguistics) enhanced with computational and mathematical approaches. 

I am interested in role that variation, function and adaptation might play in explaining linguistic structures.

The core of my work is fieldwork on undescribed and (often) endangered languages of New Guinea. I practice community-led partnerships in language documentation to produce collections of endangered languages serving both scientific and community needs.


  • PhD (Australian National University)
  • BA (Hons I) (University of Sydney)

Current student projects

  • Aarin Tirza Sirima. PhD thesis: Middles in Austronesian languages.

Past student projects

  • Tina Gregor. PhD thesis: A Documentation and Description of Yelmek (a Papuan language of Southern New Guinea)

Researcher's projects

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, PhD, The Australian National University

Award Date: 13 Jul 2017

External positions

Visiting Scholar - Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, UK

31 Mar 2019 → …

Expertise Areas

  • Morphology
  • Descriptive linguistics
  • Linguistic typology


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