DR John Mansfield

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, it should be a typology of trajectories of change. By understanding processes of language change, we can understand how typological diversity has arisen, and how it 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.   


    Selected publications



    Education and training

    • PhD, The Australian National University 2014
    • PhD, Australian National University 2014
    • PhD, The Australian National University 2014
    • MA, Monash University 2004
    • BA, Adelaide University 2001



    Available for supervision

    • Y

    Supervision Statement

    • I am a co-supervisor on the following PhD project: - Katie Bicevskis, A grammar of Marri Ngarr (main supervisor: Rachel Nordlinger)