Dr Erich Round

ARC DECRA Snr Research Fellow

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
e.round@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 56892

Overview

Dr Erich Round is an ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow and director of the UQ Ancient Language Lab in the School of Languages and Cultures, UQ. Previously he was an NSF Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, where he also received his PhD in Linguistics.

Research Interests

  • Language diversity, prehistory and change
    I am developing the theory of micro-variate typology as an input into modern phylogenetic approaches to language history. I also work in the classic historical linguistic paradigm, focusing on the Tangkic languages of northwestern Queensland.
  • Phonology
    I focus mainly on the phonology of indigenous languages of Australia. Languages I have investigated include Kayardild, Lardil, Yukulta (aka Gangalidda), Ngandi, Kuuk Thaayorre, Gurindji, Yidiny, and Swedish.
  • Morphology
    I work within the inferential-realizational paradigm of Anderson (1992), Stump (2001). Recently I have focused on elaborations of the theory of morphomes (Aronoff 1994). My main language of study in this respect to date has been Kayardild. Other languages whose morphology I have investigated include Lardil, Yukulta (aka Gangalidda) and Kala Lagaw Ya.

Qualifications

  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Yale University

Publications

  • Macklin-Cordes, Jayden and Round, Erich (2015). High-definition phonotactics reflect linguistic pasts. In: Johannes Wahle, Marisa Kollner, Harald Baayen, Gerhard Jager and Tineke Baayen-Oudshoorn, Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics. 6th Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics Conference, Tubingen, Germany, (1-5). 4-6 November 2015. doi:10.15496/publikation-8609

  • Round, Erich (2015). Rhizomorphomes, meromorphomes, and metamorphomes. In Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown and Greville G. Corbett (Ed.), Understanding and measuring morphological complexity (pp. 29-52) London, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723769.003.0003

  • Kwon, Nahyun and Round, Erich R. (2014) Phonaesthemes in morphological theory. Morphology, 25 1: 1-27. doi:10.1007/s11525-014-9250-z

  • Round, Erich (2014). Prestopping of nasals and laterals is only partly parallel. In Rob Pensalfini, Myfany Turpin and Diana Guillemin (Ed.), Language description informed by theory (pp. 81-95) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/slcs.147

  • Round, Erich Kayardild morphology and syntax. Oxford United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2013. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654871.001.0001

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Within my ARC DECRA fellowship in 2015-2018, I am seeking linguistically savvy and mathematically inclined RHD students join a team of researchers developing the theory and practice of micro-variate typology, together with its associated datasets, methodologies and technologies. On this team you will come into contact with allied researchers in phonology, historical linguistics and morphological typology in Australia, Europe and the United States. Students with an interest in the languages of Australia, New Guinea, and the Uralic languages of northern Eurasia are especially encouraged to join us.

  • Australia presents a fascinating range of phonological systems, many of which raise deep questions about the nature of possible human phonological systems. I am seeking talented RHD students to work on topics in the phonology of Australian languages. Projects involving fieldwork and/or the production of new and expanded datasets through the enriching of archival materials are particularly encouraged.

  • Australian languages are rich in morphological complexity but are greatly understudied from a formal and theoretical perspective. I am seeking RHD students who have a good general acquaintance with Australian languages and a keen eye for detail, to engage in rigorous and theoretically savvy research projects. Projects involving fieldwork and/or the production of new and expanded datasets through the enriching of archival materials are particularly encouraged, as are projects which aim to test specific hypotheses or elaborate particular areas of morphological theory, for example, morphomic theory.

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Macklin-Cordes, Jayden and Round, Erich (2015). High-definition phonotactics reflect linguistic pasts. In: Johannes Wahle, Marisa Kollner, Harald Baayen, Gerhard Jager and Tineke Baayen-Oudshoorn, Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics. 6th Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics Conference, Tubingen, Germany, (1-5). 4-6 November 2015. doi:10.15496/publikation-8609

  • Round, Erich (2015). Rhizomorphomes, meromorphomes, and metamorphomes. In Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown and Greville G. Corbett (Ed.), Understanding and measuring morphological complexity (pp. 29-52) London, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723769.003.0003

  • Kwon, Nahyun and Round, Erich R. (2014) Phonaesthemes in morphological theory. Morphology, 25 1: 1-27. doi:10.1007/s11525-014-9250-z

  • Round, Erich (2014). Prestopping of nasals and laterals is only partly parallel. In Rob Pensalfini, Myfany Turpin and Diana Guillemin (Ed.), Language description informed by theory (pp. 81-95) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/slcs.147

  • Round, Erich Kayardild morphology and syntax. Oxford United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2013. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654871.001.0001

Book

  • Round, Erich Kayardild morphology and syntax. Oxford United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2013. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654871.001.0001

Book Chapter

  • Memmott, Paul, Round, Erich, Rosendahl, Daniel and Ulm, Sean (2016). Fission, fusion and syncretism: linguistic and environmental changes amongst the Tangkic people of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Australia. In Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Hafner, Diane (Ed.), Land and language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country (pp. 105-136) Philadelphia, United States: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/clu.18.06mem

  • Round, Erich R. (2016). Kayardild inflectional morphotactics is morphomic. In Ana R. Luis and Ricardo Bermudez-Otero (Ed.), The morphome debate (pp. 228-247) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Round, Erich (2015). Rhizomorphomes, meromorphomes, and metamorphomes. In Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown and Greville G. Corbett (Ed.), Understanding and measuring morphological complexity (pp. 29-52) London, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723769.003.0003

  • Round, Erich (2015). Yukulta and its relatives Kayardild and Lardil. In Nicola Grandi and Livia Kortvelyessy (Ed.), Edinburgh handbook of evaluative morphology (pp. 448-452) Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Edinburgh University Press.

  • Round, Erich (2014). Prestopping of nasals and laterals is only partly parallel. In Rob Pensalfini, Myfany Turpin and Diana Guillemin (Ed.), Language description informed by theory (pp. 81-95) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/slcs.147

  • Round, Erich R. (2009). Syntactic reconstruction by phonology: Edge aligned reconstruction and its application to Tangkic truncation. In Rachel Hendery and Jennifer Hendriks (Ed.), Grammatical change: Theory and description (pp. 65-82) Canberra, ACT, Australia: Centre for Research in Language Change (CLRC); Pacific Linguistics.

  • Round, Erich and Evans, Nick (2004). Kayardild. In Karina Vamling and Jan-Olof Svantesson (Ed.), Världens språk: En geografisk och typologisk översikt (pp. xx-xx) Lund, Sweden: Institutionen för lingvistik, Lund University.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Macklin-Cordes, Jayden and Round, Erich (2015). High-definition phonotactics reflect linguistic pasts. In: Johannes Wahle, Marisa Kollner, Harald Baayen, Gerhard Jager and Tineke Baayen-Oudshoorn, Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics. 6th Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics Conference, Tubingen, Germany, (1-5). 4-6 November 2015. doi:10.15496/publikation-8609

  • Round, Erich (2012). Apical obstruents in pre-proto-Tangkic and the origins of the non-zero absolutive. In: Zenya Antic, Charles B. Chang, Clare S, Sandy and Maziar Toosarvandani, Proceedings of the Thirty-Second Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley Linguistics Society, Berkeley, CA, United States, (109-121). 10-12 February 2006.

  • Round, Erich R. (2012). Durational correlates of prosodic structure in Kayardild vowels. In: Felicity Cox, Felicity Cox, Susan Lin, Kelly Miles, Sallyanne Palethrope, Jason Shaw and Ivan Yuen, Proceedings of the 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology. 14th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Sydney, Australia, (221-224). 3 - 6 December 2012.

  • Round, Erich R. (2010). Tone height binarity and register in intonation: The case from Kayardild (Australian). In: Speech Prosody 2010: Conference Proceedings. Every Language, Every Style: Speech Prosody 2010, 5th International Conference, Chicago, IL, U.S.A., (1-4). 11-13 May 2010.

  • Paul, Paula, Loogatha, Netta, Loogatha, Amy, Thomas, Ethel, Loogatha, Dolly, Evans, Brett, Evans, Nicholas, Tomkins, Helene, Rosendahl, Daniel, Ulm, Sean, Round, Erich and Memmott, Paul (2009). Kayardilt fish names: Spoken by the Kaiadilt of Bentinck Island. In: xx, Mornington Island, Australia, (). 2009.

  • Round, E. (2005). Knowing the meaning of names in use, with particular reference to the appellative use of names in English and Swedish. In: Guido Ernst, Andrew Hurley and Katie Sutton, Contexts, contacts & constraints : School of Languages Postgraduate Research Papers on language and literature. University of Melbourne. School of Languages. 4th Postgraduate Conference, Graduate Centre, University of Melbourne, (47-64). 2003.

  • Round, Erich (2004). Case marking in Kalaw Lagaw Ya: Not as bizarre as we thought. In: Damien Hall, Theodore Markopoulos, Angeliui Salamoura, Sophia Skoufaki, F. Bonthuis, Michael Bertram Crowe and H. East, Camling 2003: Proceedings of the University of Cambridge First Postgraduate Conference in Language Research. CamLing 2003: University of Cambridge First Postgraduate Conference in Language Research, Cambridge, United Kingdom, (100-106). 26 April 2003.

  • Fletcher, Janet, Evans, Nicholas and Round, Erich (2002). Left-edge tonal events in Kayardild (Australian) — A typological perspective. In: Bernard Bel and Isabelle Marlien, Papers: Speech Prosody 2002: An International Conference. Speech Prosody 2002: An International Conference, Aix-en-Provence, France, (295-298). 11-13 April 2002.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Within my ARC DECRA fellowship in 2015-2018, I am seeking linguistically savvy and mathematically inclined RHD students join a team of researchers developing the theory and practice of micro-variate typology, together with its associated datasets, methodologies and technologies. On this team you will come into contact with allied researchers in phonology, historical linguistics and morphological typology in Australia, Europe and the United States. Students with an interest in the languages of Australia, New Guinea, and the Uralic languages of northern Eurasia are especially encouraged to join us.

  • Australia presents a fascinating range of phonological systems, many of which raise deep questions about the nature of possible human phonological systems. I am seeking talented RHD students to work on topics in the phonology of Australian languages. Projects involving fieldwork and/or the production of new and expanded datasets through the enriching of archival materials are particularly encouraged.

  • Australian languages are rich in morphological complexity but are greatly understudied from a formal and theoretical perspective. I am seeking RHD students who have a good general acquaintance with Australian languages and a keen eye for detail, to engage in rigorous and theoretically savvy research projects. Projects involving fieldwork and/or the production of new and expanded datasets through the enriching of archival materials are particularly encouraged, as are projects which aim to test specific hypotheses or elaborate particular areas of morphological theory, for example, morphomic theory.