Dr Robert Mailhammer

Ph.D. (University of Munich), M.A. (University of Munich)
Visiting Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Language In Time And Space (Incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology) 200406
  • Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) 200408

Research interests

Australian languages and descriptive linguistics, language change and language variation, especially the history of the Germanic languages, morphology, phonology, typology, language acquisition


Having been trained as a historical linguist in the field of Indo-European languages, especially English and German, at the University of Munich, I've worked in German and English Departments in Germany. However, since 2007 I have been focusing on Australian languages in Northern Arnhem Land, documenting what is left of Amurdak, a member of the Iwaidjan language family. This research concentrates firstly on transcribing, glossing and translating existing recordings, and secondly on analysing this data also from a comparative perspective. Future plans include a grammar, the publication of an existing draft dictionary as well as historical investigations. At ANU I completed a Feodor-Lynen postdoctoral research grant, which I started in 2007 at the University of Melbourne.

Career highlights

Lecturer, German Linguistics, University of Munich (2002-2007); Feodor-Lynen Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Linguistics, University of Melbourne (2007); Lecturer, English Linguistics, University of Munich and Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (2007-2009). Currently Assistant Professor at Arizona State University.


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