Dr Mary Laughren

Honorary Research Senior Fellow

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Dr Mary Laughren’s research interests include syntax semantics interface, lexicography, language in education, and Australian Aboriginal languages.

Her current research interests include the documentation of the Waanyi language (southern Gulf of Carpentaria) in collaboration with Gavan Breen, and the Warlpiri language (central Australia). In partnership with Prof Nicolas Peterson (ANU) and Dr Myfany Turpin (UQ) she is recording and documenting traditional Warlpiri songs analysing them in their social and performance context, with particular emphasis on the relationship between linguistic and musical properties. She is also actively engaged in the professional development of Warlpiri teaching personnel working in Warlpiri community schools, and in Waanyi language revitalisation.

She is the author of:

  • Articles on African and Australian languages.

Compiler of:

  • Warlpiri-English encyclopaedic dictionary.

Co-editor of:

  • Forty Years On: Ken Hale and Australian Languages, Pacific Linguistics. ANU Canberra, 2001.

Qualifications

  • Doctorat de 3eme cycle, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
  • Maitrise Linguistique Africaine, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
  • Maitrise Linguistique generale, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
  • BA Honours, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Laughren, Mary (2016) Review of Barbara Glowczewski, Desert dreamers: with the Warlpiri people of Australia. Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2, 2016: 132-135.

  • Laughren, Mary (2016). Possession in Kuku-Thaypan through a comparative lens. In Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Diane Hafner (Ed.), Land and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country (pp. 179-198) Philadelphia, United States: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/clu.18

  • Laughren, Mary (2016). Serial verbs in Waanyi and its neighbours. In Peter K. Austin, Harold Koch and Jane Simpson (Ed.), Language, land and song: studies in honour of Luise Hercus (pp. 178-199) London, United Kingdom: EL Publishing.

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Grants

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Available Projects

  • As an associate superviser, I am interested in co-supervising work on topics directly related to either Waanyi or Warlpiri languages.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Laughren, Mary (2016). Possession in Kuku-Thaypan through a comparative lens. In Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Diane Hafner (Ed.), Land and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country (pp. 179-198) Philadelphia, United States: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/clu.18

  • Laughren, Mary (2016). Serial verbs in Waanyi and its neighbours. In Peter K. Austin, Harold Koch and Jane Simpson (Ed.), Language, land and song: studies in honour of Luise Hercus (pp. 178-199) London, United Kingdom: EL Publishing.

  • Laughren, Mary, Curran, Georgia, Turpin, Myfany and Peterson, Nicolas (2016). Women’s yawulyu songs as evidence of connections to and knowledge of land: the Jardiwanpa. In Peter K. Austin, Harold Koch and Jane Simpson (Ed.), Language, land and song: studies in honour of Luise Hercus (pp. 425-455) London, United Kingdom: EL Publishing.

  • Laughren, Mary (2013). Bamanan-kan. In Dragomir Radev (Ed.), Puzzles in Logic, Languages and Computation: The Green Book (pp. 88-90) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34372-8

  • Laughren, Mary (2013). Me and my waddy. In Dragomir Radev (Ed.), Puzzles in Logic, Languages and Computation: The Green Book (pp. 86-87) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34372-8

  • Laughren, Mary (2013). Pitjantjatjara. In Dragomir Radev (Ed.), Puzzles in Logic, Languages and Computation: The Red Book (pp. 78-79) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34378-0

  • Laughren, Mary (2013). Stopping and flapping in Warlpiri. In Dragomir Radev (Ed.), Puzzles in Logic, Languages and Computation: The Green Book (pp. 55-56) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34372-8

  • Laughren, Mary (2013). Zoque. In Dragomir Radev (Ed.), Puzzles in Logic, Languages and Computation: The Red Book (pp. 76-77) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-34378-0

  • Laughren, Mary (2010). Warlpiri verbs of change and causation: The thematic core. In Mengistu Amberber, Brett Baker and Mark Harvey (Ed.), Complex predicates: Cross-linguistic perspectives on event structure (pp. 167-236) Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511712234.008

  • Laughren, Mary, Pensalfini, Rob and Mylne, Tom (2005). Accounting for verb-initial order in an Australian language. In Carnie, Andrew, Harley, Heidi and Dooley, Sheila Ann (Ed.), Verb First: On the syntax of verb-initial languages 1st ed. (pp. 367-401) Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

  • McConvell, Patrick and Laughren, Mary (2004). The Ngumpin-Yapa Subgroup. In C. Bowern and H. Koch (Ed.), Australian Languages: Classification and the Comparative Method (pp. 151-177) Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

  • Laughren, Mary (2002). Syntactic Constraints in a 'Free Word Order' Language. In Amberber, Mengistu and Collins, Peter (Ed.), Language Universals and Variation 1st ed. (pp. 83-130) Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers.

  • Granites, R. and Laughren, M. (2001). Semantic Contrasts in Warlpiri Verbal Morphology: A Warlpiri's Verbal View. In Simpson, Jane, Nash, David, Laughren, Mary, Austin, Peter and Alpher, Barry (Ed.), Forty Years On: Ken Hale and Australian Languages 1st ed. (pp. 151-159) ANU, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

  • Laughren, M. (2001). Senufo Vowel Harmony: the Representation of Tongue Height Contrasts. In Robert Nicolai (Ed.), Lecons d'Afrique: Filitations, rupture et reconstitution de langues. Un Hommage a Gabriel Manessy 1st ed. (pp. 57-89) Paris: Peeters.

  • Laughren, Mary (2001). What Warlpiri 'avoidance' registers do with grammar. In Simpson, Jane, Nash, David, Laughren, Mary and Alpher, Barry (Ed.), Forty Years On: Ken Hale and Australian Languages 1 ed. (pp. 199-225) Canberra: Australian National University.

  • Laughren, M. (2000). Australian Aboriginal Languages: Their contemporary status and functions. In Barry J. Blake and Robert Malcolm Ward Dixon (Ed.), The Handbook of Australian Languages (pp. 1-32) Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Laughren, Mary (2013). A revised analysis of Warlpiri verb inflections plus auxiliary combinations: their make-over in 'Light' Warlpiri. In: John Henderson, Marie-Eve Ritz and Celeste Rodríguez Louro, Proceedings of the 2012 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. ALS 2012: 43rd Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Perth, WA, Australia, (1-14). 5-7 December, 2012.

  • Estival, Dominique, Henderson, John, Laughren, Mary, Mollá, Diego, Bow, Cathy, Nordlinger, Rachel, Rieschild, Verna, Schalley, Andrea C., Stanley, Alexander W. and Mrowa-Hopkins, Colette (2013). Learning from OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad. In: ACL 2013: 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Teaching Natural Language Processing. ACL 2013: 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Sofia, Bulgaria, (35-41). 4 -9 August, 2013.

  • Ingram, John, Laughren, Mary and Chapman, Jeff (2008). Connected speech processes in Warlpiri. In: Proceedings of the 9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2008) incorporating the 12th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST2008). 9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2008) incorporating the 12th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (SST 2008), Brisbane, Australia, (94-94). 22-26 September 2008.

  • Laughren, Mary and Eisenchlas, Susana (2006). The role of animacy and definiteness in the clitic-DP nexus. In: Keith Allan, 2005 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society ALS2005, Melbourne, Australia, (1-11). 28-30 September 2005.

  • Pentland, Christina and Laughren, Mary (2005). Distinguishing prosodic word and phonological word in Walpiri: Prosodic constituency in morphologically complex words. In: Ilana Mushin, Proceedings of the 2004 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. ALS 2004 Conference, Sydney, Australia, (1-17). 13-15 July 2004.

  • Laughren, M. (2004). Wanyi word formation and vowel harmony. In: c. Moskovsky, Proceedings of the 2003 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. 2003 Australian Linguistic Society Conference, University of Newcastle, School of Language & Media, (1-13). 26 - 28 September 2003.

  • Laughren, M. (2002). Wanyi Reflexive-Reciprocal Constructions. In: Cynthia Allan, Proceedings of the 2001 Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society. 2001 Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, Canberra: ANU, (1-11). 27-30 September, 2001.

  • Laughren, M. (2000). Constraints on the pre-auxiliary position in Warlpiri and the nature of Auxiliary. In: John Henderson, Proceedings of the 1999 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. 1999 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, U of Western Australia, Perth, (1-18). 28 September - 2 October.

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master 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.

  • As an associate superviser, I am interested in co-supervising work on topics directly related to either Waanyi or Warlpiri languages.