Dr Sebastian Fedden

MA (Bielefeld), PhD (Melbourne)
Lecturer

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


Website The Mian and Kilivila Collection

Biographical details

Sebastian Fedden is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics with a specialisation in language typology, morphology and Papuan linguistics. He is particularly interested in argument realisation, systems of nominal classification (grammatical gender and classifiers), and categorisation more generally. He has written a reference grammar of Mian, a Papuan language of New Guinea, and worked on tone and the genealogical relations between Papuan languages and subgroups (Oksapmin/Ok and Greater Ok/Greater Awyu).

Associations

  • Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT), since 2006
  • Australian Linguistic Society (ALS), since 2006
  • Linguistic Association of Great Britain (LAGB), since 2014
  • Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), since 2011

Awards and honours

Dr Fedden's book A Grammar of Mian won the 2013 Gabelentz Award from the Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) for the best grammar published in the period 2009-2012.

The Gabelentz Award committee reports:
“Sebastian Fedden’s A grammar of Mian (Trans New Guinea) is a truly excellent grammar that goes beyond a synchronic description. Based on eleven months of fieldwork, it covers the full range of descriptive topics and contains a large number of illustrative examples. The motivations underlying the author’s analyses are usually presented in a clear and thorough manner, and the discussion is always typologically informed. The author has come up with excellent and original solutions in the difficult area of how to analyse the complex tonal system. This grammar furthermore has a highly useful and substantial index and table of contents, a high level of clarity of prose, explanation and organization, a high quality and richness of texts and vocabulary. Finally, engaging in areal, genealogical and typological discussions, it goes beyond the standard expectations of reference grammars in general. We should count ourselves lucky for having such a grammar.”

In the media

Time to Think, University of Surrey Featured Story, 24 June 2013

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • Combining gender and classifiers in natural language; Fedden S; Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK)/Research Grant.

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Fedden, S. (2011). A Grammar of Mian. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Book Chapters

  • Fedden, S. (2016). Inflectional Tone in Mian. In Enrique Palancar and Jean Léo Léonard (Eds.), Tone and Inflection: New Facts and New Perspectives, (pp. 67-82). Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S., Brown, D. (2014). Participant Marking: Corpus Study and Video Elicitation. In Marian Klamer (Eds.), The Alor-Pantar Languages: History and Typology, (pp. 413-456). Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Fedden, S. (2012). Switch-Reference and Temporal Reference in Mian. In Volker Gast and Holger Diessel (Eds.), Clause Linkage in Cross-Linguistic Perspective, (pp. 393-413). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Fedden, S. (2010). Ditransitives in Mian. In Andrej Malchukov, Martin Haspelmath, Bernard Comrie (Eds.), Studies in Ditransitive Constructions: A Comparative Handbook, (pp. 456-485). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S. (2007). Women, Houses, and Plural Objects? Homophony in the Mian Gender System. In Robyn Loughnane, Cara Penry Williams and Jana Verhoeven (Eds.), In Between Wor(l)ds: Transformation and Translation, (pp. 183-198). Victoria: School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne.

Journals

  • Corbett, G., Fedden, S. (2016). Canonical Gender. Journal of Linguistics, Early View. [More Information]
  • van den Heuvel, W., Fedden, S. (2014). Greater Awyu and Greater Ok: Inheritance or Contact? Oceanic Linguistics, 53(1), 1-36. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S., Brown, D., Kratochvil, F., Robinson, L., Schapper, A. (2014). Variation in Pronominal Indexing: Lexical Stipulation vs. Referential Properties in Alor-Pantar Languages. Studies in Language, 38(1), 44-79. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S., Brown, D., Corbett, G., Klamer, M., Holton, G., Robinson, L., Schapper, A. (2013). Conditions on Pronominal Marking in the Alor-Pantar Languages. Linguistics, 51(1), 33-74. [More Information]
  • Brown, D., Corbett, G., Fedden, S., Hippisley, A., Marriott, P. (2013). Grammatical Typology and Frequency Analysis: Number Availability and Number Use. Journal of Language Modelling, 1(2), 227-241. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S. (2013). Reciprocal Constructions in Mian. Studies in Language, 37(1), 58-93. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S. (2012). Change in Traditional Numeral Systems in Mian and Other Trans New Guinea Languages. Language and Linguistics in Melanesia, Special Issue 2012(1), 1-22.
  • Fedden, S., Boroditsky, L. (2012). Spatialization of Time in Mian. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Loughnane, R., Fedden, S. (2011). Is Oksapmin Ok? A Study of the Genetic Relatedness of Oksapmin and the Ok Languages. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 31(1), 1-42. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S. (2002). Verbalklassifikation in nordamerikanischen Indianersprachen [Verbal classifiers in indigenous North American languages]. Linguistische Berichte, 192, 395-415.

Conferences

  • Fedden, S. (2014). Verb Stem Aspect in Mian. Décembrettes 8th International Conference on Morphology, Toulouse: Equipe de Recherche en Syntaxe et Sémantique, University of Toulouse - Jean Jaurès. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S. (2006). Composite Tone in Mian Noun-Noun Compounds. 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society. [More Information]

Web based exhibition

  • Fedden, S., Feist, T., Baerman, M., Brown, D., Corbett, G., Senft, G. (2015). Mian and Kilivila Collection. United Kingdom: University of Surrey. [More Information]

Other

  • Fedden, S., Brown, D., Corbett, G. (2010), Conditions on Pronominal Marking: Elicitation Stimuli. [More Information]

2016

  • Corbett, G., Fedden, S. (2016). Canonical Gender. Journal of Linguistics, Early View. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S. (2016). Inflectional Tone in Mian. In Enrique Palancar and Jean Léo Léonard (Eds.), Tone and Inflection: New Facts and New Perspectives, (pp. 67-82). Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. [More Information]

2015

  • Fedden, S., Feist, T., Baerman, M., Brown, D., Corbett, G., Senft, G. (2015). Mian and Kilivila Collection. United Kingdom: University of Surrey. [More Information]

2014

  • van den Heuvel, W., Fedden, S. (2014). Greater Awyu and Greater Ok: Inheritance or Contact? Oceanic Linguistics, 53(1), 1-36. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S., Brown, D. (2014). Participant Marking: Corpus Study and Video Elicitation. In Marian Klamer (Eds.), The Alor-Pantar Languages: History and Typology, (pp. 413-456). Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Fedden, S., Brown, D., Kratochvil, F., Robinson, L., Schapper, A. (2014). Variation in Pronominal Indexing: Lexical Stipulation vs. Referential Properties in Alor-Pantar Languages. Studies in Language, 38(1), 44-79. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S. (2014). Verb Stem Aspect in Mian. Décembrettes 8th International Conference on Morphology, Toulouse: Equipe de Recherche en Syntaxe et Sémantique, University of Toulouse - Jean Jaurès. [More Information]

2013

  • Fedden, S., Brown, D., Corbett, G., Klamer, M., Holton, G., Robinson, L., Schapper, A. (2013). Conditions on Pronominal Marking in the Alor-Pantar Languages. Linguistics, 51(1), 33-74. [More Information]
  • Brown, D., Corbett, G., Fedden, S., Hippisley, A., Marriott, P. (2013). Grammatical Typology and Frequency Analysis: Number Availability and Number Use. Journal of Language Modelling, 1(2), 227-241. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S. (2013). Reciprocal Constructions in Mian. Studies in Language, 37(1), 58-93. [More Information]

2012

  • Fedden, S. (2012). Change in Traditional Numeral Systems in Mian and Other Trans New Guinea Languages. Language and Linguistics in Melanesia, Special Issue 2012(1), 1-22.
  • Fedden, S., Boroditsky, L. (2012). Spatialization of Time in Mian. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 1-12. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S. (2012). Switch-Reference and Temporal Reference in Mian. In Volker Gast and Holger Diessel (Eds.), Clause Linkage in Cross-Linguistic Perspective, (pp. 393-413). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

2011

  • Fedden, S. (2011). A Grammar of Mian. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Loughnane, R., Fedden, S. (2011). Is Oksapmin Ok? A Study of the Genetic Relatedness of Oksapmin and the Ok Languages. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 31(1), 1-42. [More Information]

2010

  • Fedden, S., Brown, D., Corbett, G. (2010), Conditions on Pronominal Marking: Elicitation Stimuli. [More Information]
  • Fedden, S. (2010). Ditransitives in Mian. In Andrej Malchukov, Martin Haspelmath, Bernard Comrie (Eds.), Studies in Ditransitive Constructions: A Comparative Handbook, (pp. 456-485). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. [More Information]

2007

  • Fedden, S. (2007). Women, Houses, and Plural Objects? Homophony in the Mian Gender System. In Robyn Loughnane, Cara Penry Williams and Jana Verhoeven (Eds.), In Between Wor(l)ds: Transformation and Translation, (pp. 183-198). Victoria: School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne.

2006

  • Fedden, S. (2006). Composite Tone in Mian Noun-Noun Compounds. 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society. [More Information]

2002

  • Fedden, S. (2002). Verbalklassifikation in nordamerikanischen Indianersprachen [Verbal classifiers in indigenous North American languages]. Linguistische Berichte, 192, 395-415.

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