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Research Fellow in Linguistics, Western Sydney University

Dr. Hannah Sarvasy (PhD James Cook, 2015, A.B. Magna cum Laude with Highest Honors, Harvard) is a field linguist active at the intersection of indigenous language documentation, language acquisition studies, and psycholinguistic experimentation. She has published a reference grammar of the Papuan language Nungon, spoken by 1,000 people in the Saruwaged Mountains of Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea (Brill, 2017), a volume of fieldwork autobiographies (Benjamins, 2018), learning grammars for the endangered Sierra Leonean languages Kim and Bom (Linguistics Publishing, 2009), and many articles and book chapters on child language development, linguistic typology, Papuan and Bantu languages, field methods, ethnobiology, and psycholinguistics. She has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and her work has featured in the New York Times, Voice of America News, Radio France, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Radio Adelaide, among other venues. She currently holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher fellowship at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University.


  • –present
    Research Fellow in Linguistics, Australian National University


  • 2015 
    James Cook University, PhD