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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

20082019
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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

Keywords

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

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Research Output 2008 2019

linguistics
language
semantics
spoken language
emotion
7 Citations (Scopus)

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

typology
emotion
language
intimacy
love
4 Citations (Scopus)

Expressive values of reduplication in Barunga Kriol (northern Australia)

Ponsonnet, M., 1 Jan 2018, In : Studies in Language. 42, 1, p. 226-255 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Values
Linguistics
imitation
Semantics
pragmatics
grief
Linguistics
emotion
language
resources
38 Downloads (Pure)

Generic terms for subsections ('skins') in Australia: Sources and semantic networks

Ponsonnet, M., Apr 2018, Skins, kin and clan: The dynamics of social categories in Indigenous Australia. McConvell, P., Kelly, P. & Lacrampe, S. (eds.). Canberra: ANU E Press, p. 271-315

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

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Projects 2017 2018