Mary Laughren is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Queensland. She received a doctorat de troisième cycle from the University of Nice in 1973 for a thesis on a Senufo language of Côte d'Ivoire advised by Professor Gabriel Manessy. In addition to four years of fieldwork in northern Côte d'Ivoire, Laughren has carried out extensive fieldwork on Warlpiri starting in 1975 and has undertaken shorter periods of fieldwork on other Australian languages, most recently on Wanyi (since 2000). Recent publications include the co-authored A learner's guide to Warlpiri (IAD Press 1996), the co-edited festschrift Forty Years On: Ken Hale and Australian languages (Pacific Linguistics 2001), and book chapters including “Senufo vowel harmony: the representation of tongue height contrasts,” (in Leçons d'Afrique: Filiations, rupture et reconstitution de langues. Un Hommage à Gabriel Manessy Editions Peeters, 2001), “Syntactic Constraints in a "Free Word Order" Language,” (in Language Universals and Variation. Praeger 2002) and (with Patrick McConvell) “The Ngumpin-Yapa Subgroup,” (in Classification and the comparative method , John Benjamins, 2004). Laughren has compiled an extensive encyclopaedic dictionary of Warlpiri in collaboration with over 50 Warlpiri speakers and other linguists, notably Ken Hale, to be published in 2005, and is currently working with colleagues on a descriptive grammar and dictionary of Wanyi.
Mary Laughren is Ken Hale Professor of the 2005 LSA Institute.
Field Methods | LSA.301
with David Nash and Jane Simpson
Six Week Course