Associate lecturer, University of Sydney

Myfany Turpin is an musicologist and linguist who conducts research on Kaytetye, a language spoken in central Australia. She has written a dictionary, sketch grammar and scholarly articles in the areas of semantics, ethnobiology and song. She has also documented traditional music of the Kaytetye, Alyawarr, Anmatyerr, Arrernte, Warlpiri and Gurindji peoples of the NT. She has published extensively on Aboriginal song-poetry including multi-media publications. She holds an ARC Future Fellowship to investigate the relationship between words and music in Aboriginal song as well as a University of Sydney Fellowship to trace the origins of a ceremony once popular across WA, SA and the NT.


  • 2014–present
    Dr, University of Sydney