Dr Hannah Sarvasy

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher

Research Program: Speech and Language


Hannah Sarvasy (PhD 2015, James Cook) has conducted primary linguistic fieldwork on Nungon (Papuan), Kim and Bom (Atlantic; Sierra Leone), and Tashelhit Berber (Morocco) and ran a pioneering longitudinal study of children’s acquisition of Nungon. Her publications include A Grammar of Nungon: A Papuan Language of Northeast New Guinea (Brill, 2017), Word Hunters: Field Linguists on Fieldwork (John Benjamins, 2018), and numerous articles and book chapters on topics in Nungon grammar, linguistic typology, Bantu syntax, fieldwork methodology, and ethnobiology, as well as Kim and Bom language primers. She taught at UCLA, served as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University, and currently holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for the crosslinguistic study of clause chains from typological, acquisition, and psycholinguistic angles.

Research Interests

Clause chaining, switch-reference, linguistic fieldwork, Papuan languages, Atlantic languages, Bantu languages, linguistic typology, child language acquisition, field-based experimentation.

Qualifications and Honours

  • PhD, James Cook University
  • A.B. Magna cum Laude with Highest Honors, Harvard College


For a full listing of my publications, please visit my Google Scholar page.(opens in a new window)

Contact Hannah

Email h.sarvasy@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone +61 2 9772 6264
Location Western Sydney University Westmead campus