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Dr. Elena Mihas

Dr. Elena Mihas


A4.224,Cairns Campus


+61 (07) 4042 1898



College of Arts, and Society & Education

James Cook University




Research Interests


  • Amazonian languages

  • Arawak languages

  • Language contact

  • Syntactic typology

  • Sociocultural contexts of language endangerment

  • Language documentation

  • Language revitalization

  • Grammar-writing

Peer-reviewed publications and conference proceedings


Mihas, E. (2010). Essentials of Ashéninka Perené grammar (Doctoral dissertation). Milwaukee: University of Wisconsin. Retrieved from

Mihas, E. (2010). Gender system in Ashéninka Perené (Arawak). UniverSOS: Revista de Lenguas Indígenas y Universos Culturales, 7, 119-130.

Mihas, E. (2011). Añaani katonkosatzi parenini. El idioma del Alto Perené. Collection of texts. Milwaukee: Clark Graphics. Available online at

Mihas, E. (2012). Bodily-based conceptual metaphors in Ashéninka Perené myths and folk stories. In A. Idström, & E. Piirainen (Eds.), Endangered metaphors, (pp. 145-160). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Mihas, E. (2012). Subcontracting native speakers in linguistic fieldwork: A case study of the Ashéninka Perené (Arawak) research community from the Peruvian Amazon. Language Conservation and Documentation, 6, 1-21. Retrieved from


Fieldwork data collected by Dr. Elena Mihas  can be accessed to here.


Dr. Elena Mihas' most recent presentation on ''Kinship in Asheninca Pérene'' at the LCRC local workshop might of your great interest!