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Deputy Director

Prof. R.M.W Dixon

Prof. R.M.W Dixon

 

Room:

D3.037

Telephone:

+61 (07) 4232 1461

Fax:

+61 (07) 4232 1390

Email:

Robert.dixon@jcu.edu.au

Address:

The Cairns Institute

PO Box 6811

Cairns QLD 4870

AUSTRALIA

 

 

Recently available to download from the LCRC website:

Dyirbal Song Poetry CD. Click here to listen to the words and music of the Dyirbal people of the Cairns rainforest region in North QLD.

Qualifications, Memberships and Consultancies:

Qualifications

  • University of London: PhD in Linguistics, 1968. Thesis title: The Dyirbal language of North Queensland
  • Australian National University: Doctor of Letters, 1991 (by examination of published work - four books and five papers)

Membership of Learned Societies

  • Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (elected 1998)
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (elected 1982)
  • Member of Linguistic Society of America since 1962; elected Honorary Member 1987 (the number of Honorary Members is limited to 40 by the LSA constitution; they are spread over 25 countries)
  • Member of the Australian Linguistic Society since 1977; Vice-President1977-80; President 1980-82
  • Member of the Philological Society, London, since 1962

Research Interests

  • Theoretically-informed description of previously undescribed languages, especially those from Australia, Amazonia and Oceania
  • Inductive generalizations concerning the nature of human language
  • Reconstructing past stages of languages and ways in which modern languages develop, in a principled fashion, from putative ancestor languages
  • Documentation of the indigenous languages of Australia, with particular reference to those of the Cairns-Townsville area

Selected Publications

Dixon, R.M.W., (1972) The Dyirbal language of North Queensland. Cambridge: (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, 9). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. xiv, 420 pp. Paperback edition for Australian market, 1973; for remainder of world, 1976.

Dixon, R.M.W., (1977) A grammar of Yidin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dixon, R.M.W., (1982). Where have all the adjectives gone? And other essays in semantics and syntax. Berlin:Mouton.

Dixon, R.M.W., (1988). A grammar of Boumaa Fijian. Chicago: University of Chicago Press..

Dixon, R.M.W., (1994). Ergativity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dixon, R.M.W., and Koch, Grace (1996). Dyirbal song poetry:The oral literature of an Australian rainforest people. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press. If you would like to hear these songs click on the link below:

Dixon, R.M.W., (1997) The rise and fall of languages. Cambridge University Press. vi, 169 pp. Published simultaneously in hard and paper editions;paperback reprinted 1998, 2000. Japanese translation, Gengo no kobo, translated by Midori Osumi, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten. 240 pp,2001. Arabic and Chinese translations in progress.

Dixon, R.M.W., (2002) Australian languages: their nature and development.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. xlii, 736 pp.Paperback edition 2007.

Dixon, R.M.W., (2004) The Jarawara language of southern Amazonia. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Recipient of Leonard Bloomfield Award, from the Linguistic Society of America, as the best book across all field of linguistics published worldwide between March 2003 and February 2005.

Dixon, R.M.W.,(2005) A semantic approach to English grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press. xvii, 543 pp. Published simultaneously in hard and paper editions.

Dixon, R.M.W.,(2010) Basic linguistic theory, Volume 1, Methodology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dixon, R.M.W.,(2010) Basic linguistic theory, Volume 2, Grammatical topics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dixon, R.M.W.,(2011) I am a linguist. Leiden: Brill

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y, and Dixon, R.M.W.(2011). Language at large: Essays on syntax and semantics. Leiden: Brill

Dixon, R.M.W.,(2012) Basic linguistic theory, Volume 3, Further grammatical topics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Plus five other books on linguistics, 20 edited volumes, 120 scholarly papers, two novels and one discography.

Download Publications list to 2010.

Download Publications list from 2010.

Autobiography of Prof. R.M.W Dixon

R. M. W. Dixon: 'Skeleton' (being pages xv–xvii of Dixon's academic autobiography I am a linguist. Leiden: Brill. 2011.)

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