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 a senior staff scientist in the Language and Cognition Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, and Professor of Ethnolinguistics, Radboud University. He has published extensively on areal and contact linguistics, semantics and semiotics, social cognition and social interaction, and linguistic anthropology. His publications include a comprehensive grammar of Lao and extensive studies of meaning, gesture, and language and culture.
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.