• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway, Social Sciences Building, Room 2.47

    6009 Perth

    Australia

20082019

Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Biography

I joined the Linguistics Department at UWA’s School of Social Sciences in 2017. My current research project, funded by a Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA, Australian Research Council) concerns expressivity and the encoding of emotions in language, with a particular interest in Indigenous Australian languages.

Research

My research concerns expressivity and emotions in language, i.e. the way humans talk about  emotions using words, metaphors, as well as 'expressive' resources such as interjections or melodic contours.  I study how languages in Australia and around the world differ or converge in this respect, how this ties up (or not) with cultural differences, and how the use of language can shape or channel emotional experience.

I have extensive experience working with speakers of Indigenous languages in communities of central/western Arnhem Land and around the town of Katherine in the Australian Northern Territory. I have linguistic and ethnographic expertise on several languages of the Gunwinyguan family in Western Arnhem Land, namely Dalabon, Rembarrnga (both severely endangered) as well as Bininj Kun-wok dialects (Kunwinjku and Kune) and Kriol.

Languages

Bininj Kun-wok dialects (Kunwinjku and Kune)
Dalabon
Rembarrnga
Kriol

Research expertise keywords

  • language
  • Emotions
  • Australian indigenous languages
  • linguistic relativitylinguistic relativity
  • expressivity

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Maia Ponsonnet is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 4 Similar Profiles

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output

Discourse and Pragmatic Functions of the Dalabon ‘Ergative’ Case-marker*

Luk, E. & Ponsonnet, M., 3 Jul 2019, In : Australian Journal of Linguistics. 39, 3, p. 287-328 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Geospatial natural language in indigenous Australia: Research priorities

    Palmer, B., Blythe, J., Gaby, A., Hoffmann, D. & Ponsonnet, M., 1 Jan 2019, In : CEUR Workshop Proceedings. 2455, p. 17-27 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

  • A preliminary typology of emotional connotations in morphological diminutives and augmentatives

    Ponsonnet, M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Studies in Language. 42, 1, p. 17-50 34 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)

    Projects