James Bednall

James Bednall
Australian National University | ANU · School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics

BA(Hons) (UWA); BMus (UWA); PhD (ANU/U.Paris)


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I am a lecturer in linguistics at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE), a visiting fellow at the Australian National University, and a research affiliate with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL). My research focuses on morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics, particularly in Aboriginal languages of western and northern Australia. I work in collaboration with a number of communities in Mid-West Western Australia and north-east Arnhem Land.


Publications (4)
So-called ‘zero’ or ‘null’ tenses have often been characterized as functionally deficient forms, deprived of any inherent content. In this paper, we will focus on the semantics of a morpho-phonologically null inflectional verbal paradigm in Anindilyakwa (Groote Eylandt, N.T., Australia, which is both temporally and aspectually underspecified. Throu...
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This article considers the identification and classification of salient Aktionsart properties in Anindilyakwa (Gunwinyguan, Australia). Through examining the grammatically permissible (and impermissible) distribution and co-occurrence of various temporal adverbials and morpho-syntactic structures, I identify key Aktionsart properties exhibited in A...
This article explores the expression and conceptualisation of emotions in Anindilyakwa (Gunwinyguan, north-east Arnhem Land). Fundamental to the emotional lexicon of this language is the widespread use of body parts, which frequently occur in figurative expressions. In this article I examine the primary body parts that occur in emotion descriptions...
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This thesis provides an empirically driven and theoretically informed examination of temporal, aspectual and modal (TAM) expression in Anindilyakwa, an underdescribed and underdocumented Gunwinyguan language of the Groote Eylandt archipelago, north-east Arnhem Land, Australia. The goals of the thesis are both descriptive and theoretical. The first...


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