Dr Grant Aiton

Research Fellow
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Discourse And Pragmatics 200403
  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) 200405
  • Language In Time And Space (Incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology) 200406
  • Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) 200408

Research interests

  • Papuan languages of the Mount Bosavi region
  • Language typology
  • Language in discourse
  • Field linguistics
  • Language documentation and revitalization
  • Anthropological linguistics


I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and the School of Culture, History & Language at the Australian National University.

I completed my MSc at the University of Alberta researching Salish and Dene languages, and then received my PhD from James Cook University, where I conducted extensive fieldwork in the Bosavi watershed in Western Province, Papua New Guinea studying the Eibela language. I continue to research and conduct language documentation and revitalization in indigenous languages of Canada and Papua New Guinea.


Researcher's projects

I am currently pursuing the documentation and description of Eibela and Sonia, two languages of the Bosavi watershed in Western Province, Papua New Guinea as part of a post-doctoral fellowship funded primarily by the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, with support from the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, and the School of Culture, History, and Language.


Projects and Grants

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