Mr David Osgarby

MPhil (University of Queensland), BA (Hons) (University of Queensland), BSc (University of Queensland)
Visiting Fellow

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Languages 200319
  • Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) 200408
  • Language In Time And Space (Incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology) 200406


David Osgarby completed a BSc/BA majoring in linguistics and mathematics, and a DipLang majoring in Russian at the University of Queensland (2009–2013), during which he undertook exchanges at L'Université Lumière Lyon 2 (2011) and the University of Calgary (2013), in addition to a language placement at the Herzen State Pedagogical University (2012). He wrote an honours thesis (2014) as part of a BA (Hons) degree at the University of Queensland that described the nominal morphology of Ngarnka, an Aboriginal language of the Northern Territory of Australia. His subsequent MPhil thesis (2018) at the same university described the verbal morphology and syntax of Mudburra, a neighbouring but unrelated Aboriginal language also spoken in the Northern Territory. Since 2013, he has also worked on several occasions at the Koolkan Aurukun State School (previously CYAAA Aurukun Campus) in Cape York Peninsula, in the Indigenous language maintenance program. His collaborations with members of the Aurukun community have resulted in many Wik-Mungkan community resources, as well as a multigenerational pilot corpus of modern spoken Wik-Mungkan (Osgarby & Chevathun 2019), which is the focus of his ongoing research. His interests include Australian languages, language description, corpus linguistics, variationist sociolinguistics, grammatical typology, historical linguistics, language change, and language maintenance/revitalisation.

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