This project will carry out the first systematic investigation of the languages of Southern New Guinea, a region just kilometres from Australiaâ€™s borders, spanning PNG and Indonesia. With around 35 languages in 9 families, Southern New Guinea is a top â€˜language diversity hotspotâ€™, yet its languages have yet to receive significant scientific investigation. Deploying a team of 3 leading field linguists, a postdoc, and 4 PhD students, this project will put the region on the map with detailed grammatical descriptions of eight languages, shorter descriptions of two more, a linguistic handbook and comparative database of the entire region, and numerous specific papers.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/11 → 30/09/17|
- Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD405,000.00