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Biography

* Linguistics Discipline Convenor

* Program Leader, Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application Group

* Linguistics Research Higher Degree and Honours coordinator

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney, 05/10/1999
  • Master of Arts, University of Sydney

Research

Research keywords

  • Language
  • Linguistic structures

Research expertise

Austronesian and non-Austronesian Pacific languages- particularly the Oceanic languages of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville, Linguistic typology, Syntax- particularly argument structure and coding, Linguistic and nonlinguistic spatial behaviour and spatial cognition and the relationship between language and thought, Phonology- particularly reduplication and stress.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200499Linguistics Not Elsewhere Classified100

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Australian Linguistics Society
  • Member - Linguistics Association of Great Britain
  • Member - Linguistics Society of America
  • Member - The Association for Linguistics Typology

Editorial Board.

  • Editor - Mouton de Gruyter series Pacific Linguistics

Awards

Recognition.

1994Frank Coaldrake Scholarship
University of Sydney (Australia)
1994 Frank Coaldrake Scholarship (University of Sydney)
1993Peter Lawrence Memorial Scholarship
University of Sydney (Australia)
1993 Peter Lawrence Memorial Scholarship (University of Sydney)
1992Peter Lawrence Memorial Scholarship
University of Sydney (Australia)
1992 Peter Lawrence Memorial Scholarship (University of Sydney)
1992Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
University of Sydney (Australia)
1992-95 Australian Postgraduate Award
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Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Palmer WD, Kokota Grammar, University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, Hawai'i, 422 (2009) [A1]
2001Palmer B, Syntax and typology, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Viti Levu, Fiji (2001) [A1]
2000Palmer B, Geraghty P, SICOL Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics, Pacific Linguistics, Canberra, ACT, Australia (2000) [A3]

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Palmer B, 'Pointing at the lagoon: directional terms in Oceanic atoll-based languages', Language description, history and development : linguistic indulgence in memory of Terry Crowley, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Netherlands 101-118 (2007) [B1]
2002Palmer B, ''Kokota.'', , Curzon Press, London, UK (2002) [B1]
2002Palmer B, ''Absolute spatial reference and the grammaticalisation of perceptually salient phenomena.'', , Pacific Linguistics, Canberra, ACT, Australia (2002) [B1]

Journal article (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Palmer WD, 'An innovated possessor suffix and category in central Choiseul.', Oceanic Linguistics, 53 155-169 (2014)
2011Palmer WD, 'Subject-indexing and possessive morphology in Northwest Solomonic', Linguistics, 49 685-747 (2011) [C1]
2011Evans B, Palmer WD, 'Contact-induced change in Southern Bougainville', Oceanic Linguistics, 50 489-529 (2011) [C1]
2009Palmer WD, 'Clause order and information structure in Cheke Holo', Oceanic Linguistics, 48 213-249 (2009) [C1]
2008Palmer WD, 'Passive possession in Oceanic', Studies in Phillippine Languages & Cultures, 18 119-141 (2008) [C1]
2007Palmer B, 'Imperfective aspect and the interplay of aspect, tense and modality in Torau', Oceanic Linguistics, 46 499-519 (2007) [C1]
2007Palmer B, Brown D, 'Heads in Oceanic indirect possession', Oceanic Linguistics, 46 199-206 (2007) [C1]
1999Palmer B, ''Voiceless sonorants - phonemes or underlying clusters?'', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 19 77-88 (1999) [C1]
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Conference (14 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Palmer WD, 'Nominal number in Meso-Melanesian', Proceedings of the LFG12 Conference, Bali, Indonesia (2012) [E1]
2010Palmer WD, 'Landscape in language: Integrating topography in linguistic spatial reference', The Shaping of Language: The Relationship between the Structures of Languages and their Social, Cultural, Historical, and Natural Environments 2010 International Workshop, Melbourne (2010) [E3]
2010Palmer WD, Evans B, 'Austronesian-Papuan contact in southern Bougainville', Australian Linguistics Society Annual Conference ALS 2010: Programme and Abstracts, St Lucia, Qld (2010) [E3]
2009Palmer WD, 'External objects and phrasal incorporation: Two apparent typologically unusual phenomena in Oceanic', ALL4: 4th Conference on Austronesian Languages & Linguistics: Programme, London, UK (2009) [E3]
2009Palmer WD, 'VSO clause order and the VP: The case of Oceanic', ALT8 Abstracts, Berkeley, CA (2009) [E3]
2009Palmer WD, 'VSO order and the VP in Oceanic', 11 ICAL: Eleventh International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics: Abstracts, Aussois, France (2009) [E3]
2009Palmer WD, 'Non-morphological reduplication in Torau', MOWL: Morphology of the World's Languages 2009: Program, Leipzig, Germany (2009) [E3]
2008Palmer B, 'Drinkable skirts, edible spears and inalienable bathwater: hierarchies of non-canonical possession' (2008) [E3]
2008Palmer WD, 'Clitic doubling and the Hoava VP', Directions in Oceanic Research. Abstracts, Ourimbah, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Palmer WD, 'Imperfective aspect and the interplay of aspect, tense and modality in Torau', Linguistics Association of Great Britain Meeting 2008. Programme and Abstracts, Colchester, UK (2008) [E3]
2006Palmer B, 'Passive and characteristic possession in Oceanic', Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Palawan, the Philippines (2006) [E3]
2003Palmer B, 'Linguistic Frame of Reference reconsidered' (2003) [E1]
2003Palmer B, 'Linguistic Frame of Reference reconsidered', Proceedings of the 2002 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, Macquarie University, Sydney (2003) [E1]
1997Palmer B, ''Notes on mood and aspect in Simbo (Mandeghusu, Solomon Islands).'' (1997) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants12
Total funding$581,262

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2014 (1 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 2014Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$30,00020142014
GNo:G1400925

2013 (2 grants)

IGS0220 Materials in Ratsua and the dialects of Hahon, two virtually undocumented endangered Oceanic language of northern Bougainville.$7,741
Funding Body: The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer
SchemeRole
Small GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,74120132014
GNo:G1300992

Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association 20, Arlington USA, 17-19 May 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300646

2012 (2 grants)

Thinking and talking about atolls: the role of environment in shaping language and our understanding of physical space.$291,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer, Dr Alice Gaby
SchemeRole
Discovery ProjectsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$291,00020122014
GNo:G1100293

Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association XIX, Academia Ninica, Taipei, Taiwan, 26 - 30 June 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200562

2011 (1 grants)

Using spatial language on atolls to understand how the environment shapes the way humans think about the physical world and their place in it. $25,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer
SchemeRole
Near Miss GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$25,00020112011
GNo:G1001036

2010 (1 grants)

Documenting Ririo and Papapana: the two most highly endangered Northwest Solomonic languages$195,698
Funding Body: University of London School of Oriental and African Studies

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer
SchemeRole
The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages ProjectChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$195,69820102012
GNo:G0190543

2009 (1 grants)

Eleventh International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Aussois, 22-26 June 2009$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020092009
GNo:G0190243

2008 (4 grants)

Expressing spatial relations in atoll-based communities: findings from Kiribati and the Marshall Islands$10,761
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer
SchemeRole
Pilot Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,76120082008
GNo:G0189384

Expressing spatial relations in atoll-based communities: findings from Kiribati and the Marshall Islands$9,112
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$9,11220082008
GNo:G0189054

Northwest Solomonic Materials$5,750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,75020082008
GNo:G0189027

Linguistics Association of Great Britain Meeting 2008, University of Essex, Colchester, UK, 10/9/2008 - 13/9/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Bill Palmer
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0189317
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions9
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL5.1

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)Principal SupervisorInvestigating Ergativity in Roviana
20142018PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorMorphosyntactic Alignment in Mono-Alu (North West Solomonic)
20142018PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorThe Phonologies of Santa Isabel Languages
20132017PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorThinking and Talking About Atolls: Spatial Reference in Marshallese
20112017PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorWhat Plants Can Say About Language Shift: An Investigation of Language Ecology in Ikpana, An Endangered Language of Ghana
20102014PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorA Grammar of Papapana with an Investigation Into Language Contact and Endangerment
20102014PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorTopics in the Grammar of Zahrani Spoken Arabic
20102015PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorTopics in a Grammar of Nehan
20102014PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorDocumentation and Description of a Highly Endangered Northwest Solomonic Language

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorEffects of Acculturation Factor on Saudi Arabian English Language Learners: A Contextual Comparison Study
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Dr William (Bill) Palmer

Work Phone(02) 4921 5157
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaLinguistics
Office
MC116,
McMullin Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/bill-palmer