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Dr

John Mansfield

Arc Decra Research Fellow
Languages And Linguistics
social sciences
linguistics
australian languages
language & linguistics
murrinhpatha
morphology
language contact
language change
sociolinguistics
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Dr

John Mansfield

 
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Dr

John Mansfield

 

My research explores the typology of morphological complexity, with a particular focus on processes of variation and change. If language typology is to be more than a catalogue of curiosities, we must understand trajectories of diversification, and their limits.

By understanding processes of language change, we can understand how linguistic structures emerge, evolve, and how this is constrained. The catalogue of diverse linguistic structures thereby becomes a window into the cognitive and social forces that shape language evolution, and typological description becomes the proper source of linguistic theory. Morphology is a particularly fruitful sub-discipline for this typological endeavour, as languages show extreme diversity in the morphological structure of words. My research aims to discover how diverse word structures evolve, how they are cognitively processed and how they are deployed in social interaction.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2017

Endeavour Fellowship 2017 (Dept Education and Training)


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Credentials

Positions


Arc Decra Research Fellow

Languages And Linguistics

Education


Doctor of Philosophy

Australian National University

Philosophical doctorate

The Australian National University

PhD in Linguistics

The Australian National University

Master of Arts

Monash University

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Adelaide University