Matthew J Carroll
I am a postdoctoral fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and the School of Culture, History & Language at the Australian National University.
I am fascinated by the exuberant and finely detailed structures found in languages which linguists call 'morphological complexity.' I explore this using traditional qualitative linguistics (description, typology and historical linguistics) enhanced with computational and mathematical methodologies.
I am interested in role that variation, function and adaptation might play in explaining linguistic structures.
The core of my work is fieldwork on undescribed and (often) endangered languages of New Guinea. I practice community-led partnerships in language documentation to produce collections of endangered languages serving both scientific and community needs.
I run the Yamfinder: Southern New Guinea Lexical Database website. A comparative database of core vocabulary from over 30 languages across southern New Guinea.
Along with Rachel Nordlinger, I organise the New Fields for Morphology Workshop which seeks to bring together linguists working on morphological theory and those with new and exciting data.
My previous project was a typology of distributed exponence where I am examined the boundaries of redundant structures in morphology across languages from around the world. Funded by the British Academy. [NF160104]
mattcarrollj [at] google.com