John Henderson

Dr, BA Monash, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 18 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Personal profile

Previous positions

I was a lecturer in Linguistics at UWA until 2017. Before my PhD, Iworked as a linguist at the Institute for Aboriginal Development (an Aboriginal community organisation) in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory from 1984-1993.

Current projects

Continuing research on the lexicon and grammar of Eastern and Central Arrernte, including

  • revised edition of the Eastern/Central Arrernte to English Dictionary
  • Number-marking in Arandic languages
  • Structures in Arandic Song
  • Variation and Change in Arandic

The roles of Linguists, Linguistics and Language Communities in Language Description and Documentation

Industrial relevance

I work with various Indigenous communities and organisations in relation to language continuation, description and documentation. I also undertake research and professional consultancies in the area of Native Title.


• Grammatical description, typological comparison and historical reconstruction of Australian Aboriginal languages, especially those of central Australia and Western Australia.
• Phonetics and Phonology
• Morphology
• Lexicography
• Language Documentation especially in digital form.
• The roles of Linguists, Linguistics and Language Communities in the continuation of endangered languages and in language description and documentation.

Research expertise keywords

  • Australian Aboriginal languages
  • Australian English
  • Dialectology
  • Grammatical description
  • Lexicography
  • Phonetics and phonology

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Research Output

Assessing Carl Strehlow’s dictionary as linguistic description: Present value and future potential

Henderson, J., Aug 2018, Carl Strehlow’s 1909 Comparative Heritage Dictionary: An Aranda, German, Loritja and Dieri to English Dictionary with Introductory Essays. Kenny, A. (ed.). Canberra: ANU E Press, p. 63-100

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Open Access

Genome-wide association and HLA fine-mapping studies identify risk loci and genetic pathways underlying allergic rhinitis

the 23andMe Research Team & AAGC collaborators, 1 Aug 2018, In : Nature Genetics. 50, 8, p. 1072-1080 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

  • 17 Citations (Scopus)

    Australia Loves Language Puzzles: The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO)

    Estival, D., Bow, C. P., Henderson, J., Kelly, B. F., Laughren, M., Mayer, E., Mollá, D., Mrowa-Hopkins, C., Nordlinger, R., Rieschild, V., Schalley, A. C., Stanley, A. W. & Vaughan, J., 2014, In : Linguistics and Language Compass. 8, 12, p. 659-670

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Anpernirrentye: Kin and skin

    Perrurle Dobson, V. & Henderson, J., 2013, Australia: IAD Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook