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Biography

I completed an MA in linguistics at the University of Oslo in 1998; my MA thesis was a sketch grammar of a previously undescribed Polynesian language of the Solomon Islands. I then went on to do a PhD in linguistics at the University of Nijmegen, completed 2004; a revised version of my dissertation was published under the title "Prototypical Transitivity" by John Benjamins in 2007. I have since held postdoctoral positions at the University of Oslo and the University of Nijmegen, and a Visiting Professorship at the University of Zürich. I have been employed as Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Newcastle since January 2012.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Linguistics), University of Nijmegan - The Netherlands, 26/01/2004
  • Cand Philol (Equiv MRes), University of Oslo - Norway, 31/12/1998
  • Cand Magisterii (Equiv Bachelor Deg), University of Oslo - Norway, 31/12/1996

Research

Research keywords

  • Language contact
  • Language documentation and description
  • Linguistic typology
  • Oceanic languages

Research expertise

I specialise in linguistic typology and language documentation/description. In typology, my main research interest have so far been in the notion of transitivity as a crosslinguistic category, and in the crosslinguistic properties of case marking; most recently on how case-marking is linked to the marking of pragmatic properties in language. I have also published research on verb serialisation and complex verb forms, and on how these are linked to the conceptualisation of complex events.

I have done linguistic fieldwork on two languages spoken in the eastern Solomon Islands, Vaeakau-Taumako (Pileni) and Äiwoo. In 2011 I published a reference grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako, co-authored with Even Hovdhaugen. My work on Äiwoo was instrumental in resolving a decades-long debate about the origin of the so-called Reefs-Santa Cruz languages; they are now generally accepted to belong to the Oceanic subgroup of the Austronesian language family. I have also studied the language-contact situation between Äiwoo and Vaeakau-Taumako, and the mechanisms through which lexical and structural borrowing has taken place between these languages.

Languages

  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Norwegian
  • Pacific Austronesian Languages
  • Scandinavian
  • Solomon Islands Pijin

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Association for Linguistic Typology
  • Member - Linguistic Society of America

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Linguistics (journal)

Collaboration

I am an affiliated partner with the research project "“Evolution of Semantic Systems” at the Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen.

I maintain informal collaborative links with a number of colleagues at various institutions, including the Australian National University, the University of Oslo, the University of Zürich, and the LACITO research centre in Paris.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Language documentation and description
  • Typology
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Naess A, Hovdhaugen E, A Grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako, de Gruyter Mouton, Berlin, Germany, 519 (2011) [A1]
2011Naess A, Jenny M, 'Who changes language? Bilingualism and structural change in Burma and the Reef Islands', Journal of Language Contact: evolution of languages contact and discourse, IV 217-249 (2011) [C1]
2006Næss Å, 'Bound nominal elements in Äiwoo (Reefs): A reappraisal of the "multiple noun class systems"', Oceanic Linguistics, 45 269-296 (2006) [C1]
2007Naess A, Prototypical transitivity, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 240 (2007) [A1]
2007Ross M, Næss Å, 'An oceanic origin for Äiwoo, the language of the Reef Islands?', Oceanic Linguistics, 46 456-498 (2007) [C1]
2014NÆSS Å, ' The Äiwoo verb phrase: Syntactic ergativity without pivots', Journal of Linguistics, 1-32 (2014)
2012Naess A, 'Cutting and breaking in Aiwoo: Event integration and the complexity of lexical expressions', Cognitive Linguistics, 23 395-420 (2012) [C1]

Publications

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Book (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Naess A, Hovdhaugen E, A Grammar of Vaeakau-Taumako, de Gruyter Mouton, Berlin, Germany, 519 (2011) [A1]
2011Naess A, Global grammatikk: Språktypologi for språklærere, Gyldendal Akademisk, Oslo, Norway, 274 (2011) [A2]
2007Naess A, Prototypical transitivity, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 240 (2007) [A1]
2000Naess A, Pileni, Lincom Europa, Munich, Germany, 88 (2000) [A1]
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Chapter (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Hovdhaugen E, Naess A, 'Language is power: the impact of fieldwork on community politics', Documenting endangered languages: Achievements and perspectives, de Gruyter Mouton, Berlin, Germany 291-304 (2011) [B1]
2011Naess A, 'Case on the margins: pragmatics and argument marking in Vaeakau-Taumako and beyond', Case, animacy and semantic roles, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 305-328 (2011) [B1]
2011Naess A, 'Reefs-Santa Cruz: Reclassifying a language group.', Identity Matters: Movement and Place, The Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo 63-77 (2011)
2009Naess A, 'Varieties of dative', The Oxford Handbook of Case, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom 572-580 (2009) [B1]
2009Naess A, 'How transitive are EAT and DRINK verbs?', The linguistics of eating and drinking, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 27-43 (2009) [B1]
2007Naess A, 'Defining transitivity: markedness vs prototypicality', New trends in typology: Young typologists¿ contributions to linguistic theory, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, Germany 179-198 (2007) [B1]
2006Naess A, 'Past, present and future in Reefs-Santa Cruz research', Sustainable data from digital fieldwork: from creation to archive and back., Sydney University Press, Sydney, Australia 157-162 (2006) [B1]
2006Naess A, 'Case semantics and the agent-patient opposition', Case, valency and transitivity, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 309-327 (2006) [B1]
2004Naess A, 'Serial verbs and complex constructions in Pileni', Complex predicates in Oceanic languages: studies in the dynamics of binding and boundness, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, Germany 225-249 (2004) [B1]
2004Naess A, 'Spatial deixis in Pileni', Deixis and demonstratives in Oceanic languages, Pacific Linguistics, Canberra, Australia 81-97 (2004) [B1]
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Journal article (21 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Berthele R, Whelpton M, Næss A, Duijff P, 'Static spatial descriptions in five Germanic languages', Language Sciences, (2014)
2014NÆSS Å, ' The Äiwoo verb phrase: Syntactic ergativity without pivots', Journal of Linguistics, 1-32 (2014)
2014Vejdemo S, Levisen C, van Scherpenberg C, Gudmundsdóttir Beck T, Næss A, Zimmermann M, et al., 'Two kinds of pink: development and difference in Germanic colour semantics', Language Sciences, (2014)
2013Næss Å, 'From Austronesian Voice to Oceanic Transitivity: Äiwoo as the "Missing Link"', Oceanic Linguistics, 52 106-124 (2013) [C1]
2012Naess A, 'Cutting and breaking in Aiwoo: Event integration and the complexity of lexical expressions', Cognitive Linguistics, 23 395-420 (2012) [C1]
2012Naess A, 'Structural parallels between Vaeakau-Taumako and the Vanuatu outliers: Capell revisited', Oceanic Linguistics, 51 567-588 (2012) [C1]
2012Boerger BH, Naess A, Vaa A, Emerine R, Hoover A, 'Sociological factors in Reefs-Santa Cruz language vitality: a 40 year retrospective', International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 214 111-152 (2012) [C1]
2011Næss Å, 'The Grammar of Eating and Drinking Verbs', Linguistics and Language Compass, 5 413-423 (2011) [C1]
2011Naess A, ''Natur i Norge er det litt forskjellig': Det-setninger som topikaliseringsstrategi i tekster skrevet av vietnamesiske innlærere. ['Natur i Norge er det litt forskjellig': Sentences with expletive subjects as a topicalisation strategy in texts written by Vietnamese learners or Norwegian]', NOA Norsk som andrespråk, 27 5-23 (2011) [C1]
2011Naess A, Jenny M, 'Who changes language? Bilingualism and structural change in Burma and the Reef Islands', Journal of Language Contact: evolution of languages contact and discourse, IV 217-249 (2011) [C1]
2011Næss Å, 'Directional verbs in Vaeakau-Taumako', Oceanic Linguistics, 50 120-139 (2011) [C1]
2010Naess A, 'Deconstructing Constructions', STUDIES IN LANGUAGE, 34 934-942 (2010) [C3]
2009Naess A, 'The typology of semantic alignment', LANGUAGE, 85 713-716 (2009) [C3]
2008Naess A, Boerger BH, 'Reefs-Santa Cruz as Oceanic: Evidence from the verb complex', Oceanic Linguistics, 47 185-212 (2008) [C1]
2008Naess A, 'Language description, history and development; Linguistic indulgence in memory of Terry Crowley', BIJDRAGEN TOT DE TAAL- LAND- EN VOLKENKUNDE, 164 552-553 (2008) [C3]
2007Naess A, Hovdhaugen E, 'The history of Polynesian settlement in the Reef and Duff Islands: the linguistic evidence', Journal of the Polynesian Society, 116 433-449 (2007) [C1]
2007Ross M, Næss Å, 'An oceanic origin for Äiwoo, the language of the Reef Islands?', Oceanic Linguistics, 46 456-498 (2007) [C1]
2006Næss Å, 'Bound nominal elements in Äiwoo (Reefs): A reappraisal of the "multiple noun class systems"', Oceanic Linguistics, 45 269-296 (2006) [C1]
2004Naess A, 'What markedness marks: the markedness problem with direct objects', Lingua, 114 1186-1212 (2004) [C1]
2002Naess A, 'Transitivity and accusativity in Pileni', Rongorongo Studies, 12 66-76 (2002) [C2]
2000Naess A, 'Possessive marking in Pileni', STUF: Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung, 53 308-318 (2000) [C1]
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Conference (29 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Naess A, 'Symmetrical voice in Äiwoo', Paper presented at the 7th conference on Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK (2014)
2013Naess A, 'From Austronesian voice to Oceanic transitivity: Äiwoo as the 'missing link'', Paper presented at the 9th Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, University of Newcastle (2013) [E2]
2013Naess A, 'Split transitivity and the problem of grammatical relations', Paper presented at the Australian Linguistics Society Annual Conference, University of Melbourne (2013) [E3]
2013Naess A, Boerger BH, Vaa A, 'Generic agents in Reefs-Santa Cruz: Proto-Oceanic */ni- revisited', Paper presented at the 21st International Conference on Historical Linguistics, University of Oslo, Norway (2013) [E3]
2012Naess A, 'Clitics and the verb phrase in Aiwoo: Syntactic ergativity without pivots', 12th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Bali (2012) [E3]
2011Naess A, 'Case and pragmatic salience: What a language without case can tell us about pragmatic properties of case-marking systems', Paper presented at the 9th Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, University of Hong Kong (2011) [E2]
2011Naess A, Jenny M, 'Who changes language? Bilingualism and structural borrowing in Burma and the Reef Islands', Paper presented at the Conference on Rethinking Contact-Induced Change, Leiden University, the Netherlands (2011) [E2]
2010Naess A, 'Transitivity and word classes in Äiwoo', Transalpine Typology Meeting, University of Pavia, Italy (2010) [E2]
2010Naess A, Hovdhaugen E, 'Language contact in the Reef Islands: keeping one's distance at close quarters', The Gotland Papers. Selected presentations from the VII International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific: Migration, Identity, and Cultural Heritage., University of Gotland, Sweden (2010)
2009Naess A, 'The not-quite-case system of Vaeakau-Taumako', Paper presented at the SKY Conference on Case In and Across Languages, University of Helsinki, Finland (2009) [E2]
2007Naess A, 'The structure of complex verbs in Äiwoo', Paper presented at the 3rd Conference on Austronesian Languages and Linguistics, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK (2007)
2007Naess A, 'Prototypical ditransitivity', Paper presented at the Conference on Ditransitive Constructions, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (2007)
2007Naess A, 'Transitivity and word order in Äiwoo: an OVS language in the Solomon Islands', Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, Nouméa, New Caledonia (2007)
2007Ross M, Naess A, 'An Oceanic origin for Äiwoo, the language of the Reef Islands?', Paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, Nouméa, New Caledonia (2007)
2007Naess A, 'Defining transitivity: markedness vs prototypicality', Paper presented at the 7th Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, Paris, France (2007)
2006Naess A, 'Bound nominal elements in Äiwoo: recategorising the 'noun classes'', Paper presented at the 2nd Conference on Austronesian Languages and Linguistics, Oxford, UK (2006)
2006Naess A, 'Verb structure in Äiwoo: 'exotic' data and genetic classification', Paper presented at the Workshop om Mapping the Pacific: positions, representations and interpretations, University of Oslo, Norway (2006)
2006Naess A, Hovdhaugen E, 'Äiwoo and Vaeakau-Taumako: contact and distance', Paper presented at the Workshop on Mapping the Pacific: positions, representations and interpretations, University of Oslo, Norway (2006)
2005Naess A, 'The functions of case: unifying the discriminatory and indexing approaches', Paper presented at the 6th Biennial Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology, Padang, Indonesia (2005)
2005Naess A, 'Aspect, tense and mood in Äiwoo (Reefs-Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands)', Paper presented at the 1st Conference on Austronesian languages and Linguistics, St Catherine's College, Oxford, UK (2005)
2004Naess A, 'Determination and quantification in Pileni', Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, University of the South Pacific, Port Vila, Vanuatu (2004)
2003Naess A, 'Case semantics and the agent-patient opposition', Paper presented at the PIONIER Workshop on Case, Valency and Transitivity, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2003)
2003Naess A, 'Eating and drinking in Ngiyambaa: the expression of universal semantic categories in apparently language-particular constructions', Paper presented at the Conference on Cross-Linguistic Data and Theories of Meaning, Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2003)
2003Naess A, 'Intransitive eating? The affected agent and its challenge to theories of transitivity', Paper presented at the 5th Biennial Meeting of the Association for Linguistic Typology, University of Cagliari, Italy (2003)
2002Naess A, 'Eat, drink and be merry: the influence of affected-agent semantics on the interpretation of objectless clauses', Paper presented at Semantics in the Netherlands, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2002)
2002Naess A, 'Transitive marking in Pileni', Paper presented at the 5th International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, Australian National University (2002)
2002Naess A, 'What markedness marks: the markedness problem with direct objects', Paper presented at the PIONIER Workshop on Variation in Form vs Variation in Meaning, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2002)
2001Naess A, 'Serial verbs and shared-argument constructions in Pileni', Paper presented at the 3rd European Meeting on Oceanic Linguistics, LACITO-CNRS, Paris, France (2001)
1998Naess A, 'Spatial deixis in Pileni', Paper presented at the 2nd European Meeting on Oceanic Linguistics, Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (1998)
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Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Naess A, Transitivity: from semantics to structure, Radboud University Nijmegen (2004)
1998Naess A, Pileni: A sketch of the grammar of a Polynesian Outlier language, University of Oslo (1998)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$76,620

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2015 (1 grants)

Documenting Aiwoo$18,379
Funding Body: The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project

Project Team
Doctor Aashild Naess
SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$18,37920152016
GNo:G1301371

2014 (3 grants)

Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application$30,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer, Doctor Mark Harvey, Doctor Aashild Naess, Doctor Catriona Malau
SchemeRole
Research Programme 2014Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020142014
GNo:G1400925

Documenting the Utupua languages$18,241
Funding Body: The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project

Project Team
Mr Aslak Vaag Olesen, Doctor Aashild Naess
SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$18,24120142015
GNo:G1301372

Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK, 16-17 May 2014$2,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Aashild Naess
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,00020142014
GNo:G1400551

2013 (1 grants)

21st International Conference of Historical Linguistics, Oslo 4-9 August 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Aashild Naess
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300772

2012 (2 grants)

A linguistic Archive of Aiwoo$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Aashild Naess
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020122012
GNo:G1200712

12th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Udayana University, Denpasar, Bali, 2 - 6 July 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Aashild Naess
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200580
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions10
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL3.5

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorA Grammar of Kui
20142018PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorInvestigating Ergativity in Roviana
20142018PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorMorphosyntactic Alignment in Mono-Alu (North West Solomonic)
20142018PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorThe historical development of North Germanic syntax
20142018PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorValence and Argument Structure in Nalogo
20142018PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorDocumenting the Utupua Languages
20122016PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorThe Effectiveness of Using Motivational Strategies in the Classroom on Saudi Learners EFL Achievement
20112015PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorA Grammar of Matanvat
20102015PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorTopics in a Grammar of Nehan
20102014PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorDocumentation and Description of a Highly Endangered Northwest Solomonic Language
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Dr Aashild Naess

Work Phone(02) 4921 5890
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaLinguistics
Office
MC112,
McMullin Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/aashild-naess