Dr Matthew J. Carroll

PhD (Australian National University), BA (Hons) (University of Sydney)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Research interests

  • Morphological theory and typology
  • Papuan languages and linguistics (Yam family)
  • Descriptive linguistics
  • Mathematical and formal modelling for linguistic comparison
  • Evolutionary linguistics
  • Historical linguistics


I am 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.

Prior to this I was hosted as a Newton International Fellow at the Surrey Morphology Group where I retain visitor status.

I research the boundary between redundant and distributed structures in the architecture of language. My research is grounded in traditional qualitative linguistics (typology and description) using mathematical and formal models to make explicit the assumptions and practices of these approaches. I research language from an evolutionary perspective in which grammar is an emergent property of broader cognitive principles. Linguistics is fundamentally an empirical endeavour and I work with data primarily drawn firsthand from fieldwork in the region east of Merauke in West Papua (Indonesian Papua), specifically the Yam language groups of Kanum and Yei.


Researcher's projects

Past projects

2017-2019. A typology of distributed exponence. Newton International Fellowship. Funder: British Academy. Host: Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, UK.

Projects and Grants

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