Alexandra Aikhenvald (PhD 1984 in Linguistics, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Doctor of Letters 2006, La Trobe University) is Professor and Research Leader (People and Societies of the Tropics) at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University. She has published extensively on areal linguistics and language contact, and linguistic and cultural features of South America and New Guinea, in addition to several grammars of Arawak languages from Amazonia. She is the author of seminal monographs Classifiers, Evidentiality and Imperatives and commands, and has also published on other issues in linguistic typology.
R. M. W. Dixon (PhD 1968 in Linguistics, University of London, Doctor of Letters 1991, Australian National University) is Adjunct Professor at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University. He has published extensively on typological theory, and genetic and areal relationships between languages, in addition to a grammatical study of English. He has published comprehensive grammars of a number of Australian languages (including Dyirbal and Yidiñ), of Boumaa Fijian and of Jarawara from southern Amazonia. His seminal essay, The rise and fall of languages, was a prolegomenon to his inclusive study Australian languages: their nature and development.
N. J. Enfield (PhD 2000 in Linguistics, University of Melbourne) is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, and a senior staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen. He has carried out extensive field work in mainland Southeast Asia, especially Laos, working on language, culture, cognition, and social interaction. His recent books include The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Anthropology (2014), Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia (with Bernard Comrie, 2015) and The Utility of Meaning (2015). He has published over 100 academic articles and reviews.
Willem Adelaar (Leiden University)
Carol Genetti (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Bernd Heine (University of Cologne)
Rosita Henry (James Cook University)
John Lucy (University of Chicago)
Lev Michael (University of California, Berkeley)
Ton Otto (Aarhus University/James Cook University)
Bambi Schieffelin (New York University)
Masayoshi Shibatani (Rice University / Kobe University)
Anne Storch (University of Cologne)
Peter Trudgill (University of Fribourg/University of East Anglia)
Anthony Woodbury, University of Texas (Austin)
The targeted audience includes linguists of all persuasions, social and cultural anthropologists, social and cognitive scientists and psychologists. The series will also be of interest to experts in individual areas, especially, but not exclusively, South America and the Pacific.