Dr Erich Round

Senior Lecturer

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 currently on secondment to the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany, and in 2018 was a British Academy Rutherford fellow hosted by the Surrey Morphology Group, UK. At UQ Dr Round was most recently 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 approaches to the phylogenetic and evolutionary study of phonology and morphology. 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. 6th Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics Conference, Tubingen, Germany, 4-6 November 2015. Tubingen, Germany :University of Tubingen. doi: 10.15496/publikation-8609

  • Round, Erich (2015). Rhizomorphomes, meromorphomes, and metamorphomes. Understanding and measuring morphological complexity. (pp. 29-52) edited by Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown and Greville G. Corbett.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. Language description informed by theory. (pp. 81-95) edited by Rob Pensalfini, Myfany Turpin and Diana Guillemin.Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/slcs.147.05rou

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

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • I am seeking linguistically savvy and mathematically inclined RHD students join a team of researchers developing the theory and methods of phylogenetic and evolutionary language change, together with its associated datasets 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 and New Guinea 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. 6th Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics Conference, Tubingen, Germany, 4-6 November 2015. Tubingen, Germany :University of Tubingen. doi: 10.15496/publikation-8609

  • Round, Erich (2015). Rhizomorphomes, meromorphomes, and metamorphomes. Understanding and measuring morphological complexity. (pp. 29-52) edited by Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown and Greville G. Corbett.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. Language description informed by theory. (pp. 81-95) edited by Rob Pensalfini, Myfany Turpin and Diana Guillemin.Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/slcs.147.05rou

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

Book

  • Gerd Carling, Abregov, Acherdan, Aliyev, Elnur, Avidzba, Leila, Cathcart, Chundra, Chukhua, Merab, Cronhamn, Sandra, Farren, Robert, Frid, Johan, Goergens, Anne, Greidanus, Josien, Gvantszeladze, Teimuraz, Hammarström, Harald, Holmer, Arthur, Johansson, Niklas, Khalilov, Madzhid, Kuckovic, Edin, Larsson, Filip, Larsson, Karin, Lomadze, Tamar, Novén, Mikael, Petrović, Ante, Round, Erich, Söderqvist, Kajsa, Tchantouria, Revaz, Tetradze, Maka, Tuptsokova, Larisa, Vamling, Karina, Van Epps, Briana, Verhoeven, Rob and Wikander, Ola (2019). The Mouton atlas of languages and cultures. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton.

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

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Erich Round is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • 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.

Dr Erich Round is not currently available to take on new students.

  • I am seeking linguistically savvy and mathematically inclined RHD students join a team of researchers developing the theory and methods of phylogenetic and evolutionary language change, together with its associated datasets 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 and New Guinea 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.