Current ProjectsA typology of distributed exponence: Mapping the limits of information distribution within the word.
Information about the project page can be found here.
- Yam languages
- Modelling inflectional morphology
- Morphological complexity
- Inflectional Typology
- Evolutionary linguistics
Carroll, Matthew J. (Forthcoming). Morphology of Yam Languages. Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Linguistics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.677
Evans, Nicholas and Wayan Arka, Matthew Carroll, Christian Döhler, Eri Kashima, Emil Mittag, Kyla Quinn, Jeff Siegel, Philip Tama & Charlotte van Tongeren. (2017). The Languages of Southern New Guinea. The Languages and Linguistics of New Guinea: A Comprehensive Guide, ed. Bill Palmer. Berlin: De Gruyer Mouton.
Carroll, Matthew J. The exception that proves the rule: markedness and stem selection in Ngkolmpu.
Carroll, Matthew J. Redundancy and multiple morphological marking.
Presentations and manuscripts (Comments welcome)
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2018. Configurationality in Ngkolmpu revisited. Paper presented at Syntax of the World's Languages 8. 3-5 September 2018. INALCO, Paris, and at the 10th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference. 4-5th May 2018. University of Surrey, Guildford.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2017. The extent of (non-)redundancy in distributed exponence. Paper presented at the 12th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology. 11-15th December 2017. Australian National University, Canberra.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2017. Toward a typology of distributed exponence. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain. 4-7 September 2017. University of Kent, Canterbury
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2017. Distributed exponence of tense, aspect and mood in Ngkolmpu. Paper presented at the 9th Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference. 21-23 June 2017. INALCO, Paris.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2017. Prenasalised Voiceless Stops in Ngkolmpu. Workshop on the Languages of Papua 4. Universitas Papua, Manokwari, Indonesia.
- Evans, Nicholas, Matthew J. Carroll and Christian Döhler. 2017. Reconstructing the Phonology of Proto-Yam. Workshop on the Languages of Papua 4. Universitas Papua, Manokwari, Indonesia.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2016. (Sub)Paradigmatic Autonomy in Ngkolmpu. New Fields for Morphology Workshop. University of Melbourne, Melbourne.
- Carroll, Matthew J. and T. Mark Ellison. 2016. Measuring Exponence Complexity. Australian Linguistic Society Annual Meeting 2016. Monash University, Melbourne.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2015. Inflection in Ngkolmpu: Distributed exponence and sub-paradigmatic autonomy. Departmental seminar, lingusitics department. University of Cologne, Germany.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2015. Markednes and stem selection in Ngkolmpu. Departmental seminar at the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
- Carroll, Matthew J. and T. Mark Ellison. 2015. A Minimum-Description Length Measure of Exponence Complexity. Talk given at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain 2015. University College London, London.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2015. The Exception that Proves the Rule: Defaults, markedness and the case of a typological outlier. Talk given at The 10th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting. Haifa, Israel.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2015. Middles in Ngkolmpu. Talk given at Workshop on Middles as part of Southern New Guinea Meeting, Australian National University.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2014. Defaults vs. Markedness: A note on the organising principle of morphology. Talk given at Australian Linguistics Society Conference 2014, University of Newcastle.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2014. Verbal Number and Aspect in Ngkolmpu. Talk given at the Seventh Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics conference. SOAS, University of London. Slides.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2014. Modelling Non-Canonical Inflection in Ngkolmpu. Departmental seminar at the Surrey Morphology Group. University of Surrey, Guildford.
- Carroll, Matthew J. and Christian Döhler. 2014. Stem Choice in Proto Tonda-Kanum. Talk given at Southern New Guinea comparative project meeting. University of Armidale.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2013. Valence and Verbal Morphology in Ngkntra (Ngkolmpu). Invited plenary talk give at the International Seminar on Austronesian/Papuan Languages and Literature. Udayana Univeristy, Bali, Indonesia.
- Carroll Matthew J. 2013. Inflectional Morphology and Syncretism in Ngkolmpu Kiki. Talk given at departmental seminar at Universitas Udayana.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2013. Morphological Complexity in Ngkntra (Ngkolmpu). Talk given at the Workshop of the Languages of Melanesia. ANU. Slides.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2013. The Case System of Ngkntra (Ngkolmpu) Kiki. Talk given for Thesis Proposal Review. Australian National University.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2012. Inflectional Morphology of Kanum: Arguments for a Paradigm-Function Account. Talk given at departmental Seminar. Linguistics Department. Australian National University.
- Carroll, Matthew J. 2011. Vietnamese Noun Phrase. 9th International Conference of Austroasiatic Linguistics. Bangkok, Thailand.
New Fields for Morphology Workshop
Along with Rachel Nordlinger, I initiated the New Fields for Morphology Workshop which aims to bring together linguists working on the morphology of less widely studied languages who are also interested in morphological theory. The main purpose of the workshop is to engage morphological theory with exciting new empirical data, especially from the Australia + Pacific region. We hope to foster a community of morphologists concerned with both empirical and theoretical issues in Australia and abroad.
I designed and maintain the Yamfinder Comparative Lexical Database Tool and the Southern New-Guinea Lexical Database. This single site is both a tool for the storage and comparison of lexical data across languages as well as the ongoing comparative database for the Southern New Guinea Project. For more information see: www.yamfinder.com.
The Ngkolmpu Language, with special reference to distributed exponence.
Ngkolmpu is a Papuan language of the Yam Family, spoken by around 150 speakers in a single village in the Merauke region in the Indonesian province Papua. The language is notable for its extremely complex verbal inflection system which exploits extensive patterns of non-canonical exponence. Most significantly is the extent to which distributed exponence, a relatively unexplored phenomenon, permeates the structure of the verbal system.
This is the first detailed description of this previously undocumented language and is based entirely on first hand fieldwork. It includes a core description of the phonology, morphology and basic clausal syntax. The thesis also entails the most in-depth exploration of the notion of distributed exponence to date. It includes a discussion of the theoretical impacts of this remarkable language and proposes the novel theoretical construct of autonomous sub-paradigmatic organisation to account for the organisational complexity of the language.
My PhD was supported by the ARC Project 'Languages of Southern New Guinea'.
- 'An Introduction to Intro to Syntax' & 'Structural relations and the role of the lexicon in syntax I' Dr. I Wayan Arka. LING2003/6003 Introduction to Syntax. Australian National University. August 2015.
- ‘Paradigm-Function Morphology and Ngkolmpu' for Dr. I Wayan Arka. LING2006 Morphology. Australian National University. May 2015.
- ‘Address Terms and Politeness in Australian English’ for English Department. Universitas Negeri Papua (UNIPA). October 2014.
- ‘Address Terms and Politeness in Australian English’ for English Department (as visiting scholar). Universitas Udayana. November 2013.
- Linguistic Fieldmethods Workshop. Prepared and lectured intensive graduate level 2 day Workshop. Universitas Udayana. 19th-20th February 2014.
- Structure of Language with Prof. William Foley. LNGS1001. Sydney University. Semester 1 2011
- Language in Social Context with Dr. Jason Johnston. LNGS1002. Sydney University. Semester 2 2011
- 2012-Present. Merauke Region, West Papua, Indonesia.
Ongoing research for PhD Thesis on Ngkolmpu Ngkontar Kiki (9 Months Total).
- July-August 2010. Hanoi, Vietnam.
Researching clause level consituency in Vietnamese (8 weeks).
- 2010-2012. Linguist at Appen Butler Hill. Lead linguist, development team for Latvian and Hindi Proofing Tools for Microsoft Office 2013.
- Organiser 2016 - current. New Fields for Morphology Workshop. University of Melbourne.
- Organiser 2013 - current. Workshop on the languages of Melanesia. Kioloa, Australian National University.
Feel free to contact me at: matthew.carroll[at]surrey.ac.uk
Matthew J Carroll
Surrey Morphology Group
School of English and Languages
University of Surrey