Dr Mark Post

BA Hons (Wesleyan), MA (Oregon), PhD (LaTrobe)
Lecturer in Linguistics

Member of China Studies Centre

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02 8627 6854

Website Academia.edu
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Biographical details

My research aims to describe and explain the typologies of and relationships among Greater Mainland Southeast Asian and Himalayan languages. My descriptive work relies exclusively on primary field data, and I have interests in improving and extending ethnographic and linguistic fieldwork methodologies. I approach explanation primarily from a functional-diachronic perspective, viewing human language as a dynamic process whose contemporary grammatical “structures” are best understood as reified outcomes of earlier patterns of discourse and interaction.

Research interests

  • Languages of Greater Mainland Southeast Asia: Austro-Tai languages, Sinitic languages, Trans-Himalayan/Tibeto-Burman languages (especially in the Eastern Himalaya) Austroasiatic languages, Asian language isolates
  • Descriptive and documentary linguistics: fieldwork methodologies and technologies, lexicography, grammatology, language maintenance and revitalisation
  • Anthropological and evolutionary linguistics: human culture and the contextual evolution of linguistic structures, historical morphosyntax, language contact and genealogical linguistics
  • Functional-typological linguistics: experimental phonetics and phonology, quantitative frequency-distributional analysis, morphological typology, part-of-speech theory

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

Supervision

  • Phonological and/or grammatical descriptions of minority languages, especially of Mainland Asia
  • Functional and/or diachronic analyses of grammatical phenomena, especially in languages of Asia
  • Computer-assisted analysis of under-resourced Asian languages

Current research students

Project title Research student
A Comprehensive Description of Pangkhua: An Endangered Trans-Himalayan Language of Bangladesh Zahid AKTER

Current projects

  • Ethno-linguistic prehistory of the Eastern Himalaya(volume co-edited with Stephen Morey and Toni Huber)
  • The Tani Languages (TANI). Digital collection managed by PARADISEC (co-deposited with Yankee Modi).
  • The Galo Language(3 volumes)
  • Subject-autonomy marking in Trans-Himalayan (Tibeto-Burman)
  • Topographical deixis in Trans-Himalayan (Tibeto-Burman)
  • Language and inter-group relationships in the “Zomian” region

Awards and honours

  • 2011 Recipient of the Association for Linguistic Typology’s Pāṇini Award

Selected grants

2013

  • A Tangam lexicon, with Minyong and English translation; Post M, Modi Y; Foundation for Endangered Languages/Research Support.

2011

  • The linguistic expression of stance in Asian languages; Yap F, Iwasaki S, Kratochvil F, Lapolla R, Post M, Rhee S; Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC)/General Research Fund (GRF).
  • Proto-Tani: A Tibeto-Burman mesolanguage; Sun J, Post M; National Science Council, Taiwan/Research Grant.

2010

  • A Documentation of the Upper Belt variety of Minyong (Adi), Arunachal Pradesh, North East India; Post M; Endangered Languages Documentation Programme/Project Grant.

2009

  • Galo Poetic Language and Oral Literature; Post M; Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research/Supplemental Grants Program.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Post, M. (2017). The Tangam Language: Grammar, Lexicon and Texts. Leiden: Brill. [More Information]
  • Liipir, G., Modi, Y., Post, M. (2016). A Tangam Community Dictionary. India: Mark W. Post.
  • Rwbaa, I., Post, M., Rwbaa, I., `Xodu, M., 'Kenjum, B., 'Bomcak, R., Rwbaa, T., Aado, N., Keenaa, D. (2009). Galo-English Dictionary, with English-Galo Index. India: Galo Welfare Society. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • Post, M., Morey, S., DeLancey, S. (2015). Language and Culture in Northeast India and Beyond: In Honor of Robbins Burling. Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. [More Information]
  • Hyslop, G., Morey, S., Post, M. (2013). North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 5. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Hyslop, G., Morey, S., Post, M. (2012). North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 4. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Hyslop, G., Morey, S., Post, M. (2011). North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 3. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Morey, S., Post, M. (2010). North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 2. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Morey, S., Post, M. (2008). North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 1. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Post, M., Sun, J. (2017). Tani Languages. In Graham Thurgood and Randy J. LaPolla (Eds.), The Sino-Tibetan Languages 2nd Edition, (pp. 322-337). Oxon: Routledge.
  • Post, M., Burling, R. (2017). The Tibeto-Burman languages of Northeastern India. In Graham Thurgood and Randy J. LaPolla (Eds.), The Sino-Tibetan Languages 2nd Edition, (pp. 213-242). Oxon: Routledge.
  • Post, M. (2015). Morphosyntactic Reconstruction in an Areal-Historical Context: A pre-historical relationship between North East India and Mainland Southeast Asia? In N. J. Enfield, Bernard Comrie (Eds.), Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia: The State of the Art, (pp. 205-261). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2015). Tones in Northeast Indian languages, with a Focus on Tani: A Fieldworker's Guide. In Mark W. Post, Stephen Morey, Scott DeLancey (Eds.), Language and Culture in Northeast India and Beyond: In Honor of Robbins Burling, (pp. 182-210). Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. [More Information]
  • Blench, R., Post, M. (2014). Rethinking Sino-Tibetan phylogeny from the perspective of North East Indian languages. In Thomas Owen-Smith and Nathan Hill (Eds.), Trans-Himalayan Linguistics, (pp. 71-104). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2013). Person-sensitive TAME marking in Galo: Historical origins and functional motivation. In Tim Thornes, Erik Andvik, Gwendolyn Hyslop, Joana Jansen (Eds.), Functional-Historical Approaches to Explanation: In honor of Scott DeLancey, (pp. 107-130). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2013). Possession and association in Galo language and culture. In Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon (Eds.), Possession and Ownership, (pp. 167-185). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Doley, S., Post, M. (2012). Classifiers in Mising. In Gwendolyn Hyslop, Stephen Morey, Mark W. Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 4, (pp. 243-266). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2012). The Siyom river valley: An essay on intra-subgroup convergence in Tibeto-Burman. In Gwendolyn Hyslop, Stephen Morey, Mark W. Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 5, (pp. 60-90). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2011). The semantics of clause-linking in Galo. The Semantics of Clause Linking, (pp. 74-95). United States of America: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2011). Topographical deixis and the Tani languages of North East India. In Gwendolyn Hyslop, Stephen Morey, Mark W. Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 3, (pp. 137-154). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2010). Predicate derivations in the Tani languages: Root, suffix, both or neither? In Stephen Morey and Mark W. Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 2, (pp. 175-197). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M., Barbora, M. (2008). Quest for a script. In Steven Morey, Mark Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, (pp. 255-270). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2008). Verbs of posture, existence, location and possession and their grammaticalization pathways in the Tani languages. In Steven Morey, Mark Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, (pp. 127-150). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

Journals

  • Post, M. (2015). Sino-Tibetan Negation and the Case of Galo: Explaining a Distributional Oddity in Diachronic Terms. Language and Linguistics, 16(3), 431-464. [More Information]
  • Post, M., Kanno, T. (2013). Apatani phonology and lexicon, with a special focus on tone. Himalayan Linguistics, 12(1), 17-75.
  • Post, M. (2012). Oral literature in the Eastern Himalaya: Review of The Sun Rises: A Shaman's chant, ritual exchange and fertility in the apatanivallley, by Stuart Blackburn. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 35(1), 113-124.
  • Post, M. (2012). The language, culture, environment and origins of proto-tani speakers: What is knowable, and what is not (yet). Brill's Tibetan Studies Library, 16(4), 153-186.
  • Post, M., Modi, Y. (2011). Language contact and the genetic position of Milang (Eastern Himalaya). Anthropological Linguistics, 53(3), 215-258. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2011). Nominalization and nominalization-based constructions in Galo. Nominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and typological perspectives, , 255-288. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2009). The phonology and grammar of Galo "words": A case study in benign disunity. Studies in Language, 34(4), 931-971. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2008). Adjectives in Thai: Implications for a functionalist typology of word classes. Linguistic Typology, 12(3), 339-381. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2008). Adjectives in Thai: Implications for a functionalist typology of word classes. Linguistic Typology, 12(3), 339-381. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2007). Grammaticalization and compounding in Thai and Chinese: A text-frequency approach. Studies in Language, 31(1), 117-175. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2006). Compounding and the structure of the Tani lexicon. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 29(1), 41-60. [More Information]
  • Post, M., Guion, S., Payne, D. (2004). Phonetic correlates of tongue root vowel contrasts in Maa. Journal of Phonetics, 32, 517-542. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Post, M. (2011). Prosody and typological drift in Austroasiatic and Tibeto-Burman: Against "Indosphere" and "Sinosphere". ICAAL 4, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2008). Grammaticalization and the discourse distribution of serial verbs in Assamese. SEALS XIII, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2004). Assamese verb serialization in functional, areal-typological and diachronic perspective. Berkeley Linguistics Society, California: Berkeley Linguistics Society. [More Information]

Other

2017

  • Post, M., Sun, J. (2017). Tani Languages. In Graham Thurgood and Randy J. LaPolla (Eds.), The Sino-Tibetan Languages 2nd Edition, (pp. 322-337). Oxon: Routledge.
  • Post, M. (2017). The Tangam Language: Grammar, Lexicon and Texts. Leiden: Brill. [More Information]
  • Post, M., Burling, R. (2017). The Tibeto-Burman languages of Northeastern India. In Graham Thurgood and Randy J. LaPolla (Eds.), The Sino-Tibetan Languages 2nd Edition, (pp. 213-242). Oxon: Routledge.

2016

  • Liipir, G., Modi, Y., Post, M. (2016). A Tangam Community Dictionary. India: Mark W. Post.
  • Post, M., Modi, Y. (2016), The Tani Languages (TANI). [More Information]

2015

  • Post, M., Morey, S., DeLancey, S. (2015). Language and Culture in Northeast India and Beyond: In Honor of Robbins Burling. Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2015). Morphosyntactic Reconstruction in an Areal-Historical Context: A pre-historical relationship between North East India and Mainland Southeast Asia? In N. J. Enfield, Bernard Comrie (Eds.), Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia: The State of the Art, (pp. 205-261). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2015). Sino-Tibetan Negation and the Case of Galo: Explaining a Distributional Oddity in Diachronic Terms. Language and Linguistics, 16(3), 431-464. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2015). Tones in Northeast Indian languages, with a Focus on Tani: A Fieldworker's Guide. In Mark W. Post, Stephen Morey, Scott DeLancey (Eds.), Language and Culture in Northeast India and Beyond: In Honor of Robbins Burling, (pp. 182-210). Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. [More Information]

2014

  • Blench, R., Post, M. (2014). Rethinking Sino-Tibetan phylogeny from the perspective of North East Indian languages. In Thomas Owen-Smith and Nathan Hill (Eds.), Trans-Himalayan Linguistics, (pp. 71-104). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH. [More Information]

2013

  • Post, M., Kanno, T. (2013). Apatani phonology and lexicon, with a special focus on tone. Himalayan Linguistics, 12(1), 17-75.
  • Hyslop, G., Morey, S., Post, M. (2013). North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 5. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2013). Person-sensitive TAME marking in Galo: Historical origins and functional motivation. In Tim Thornes, Erik Andvik, Gwendolyn Hyslop, Joana Jansen (Eds.), Functional-Historical Approaches to Explanation: In honor of Scott DeLancey, (pp. 107-130). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2013). Possession and association in Galo language and culture. In Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon (Eds.), Possession and Ownership, (pp. 167-185). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]

2012

  • Doley, S., Post, M. (2012). Classifiers in Mising. In Gwendolyn Hyslop, Stephen Morey, Mark W. Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 4, (pp. 243-266). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Hyslop, G., Morey, S., Post, M. (2012). North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 4. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2012). Oral literature in the Eastern Himalaya: Review of The Sun Rises: A Shaman's chant, ritual exchange and fertility in the apatanivallley, by Stuart Blackburn. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 35(1), 113-124.
  • Post, M. (2012). The language, culture, environment and origins of proto-tani speakers: What is knowable, and what is not (yet). Brill's Tibetan Studies Library, 16(4), 153-186.
  • Post, M. (2012). The Siyom river valley: An essay on intra-subgroup convergence in Tibeto-Burman. In Gwendolyn Hyslop, Stephen Morey, Mark W. Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 5, (pp. 60-90). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

2011

  • Post, M., Modi, Y. (2011). Language contact and the genetic position of Milang (Eastern Himalaya). Anthropological Linguistics, 53(3), 215-258. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2011). Nominalization and nominalization-based constructions in Galo. Nominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and typological perspectives, , 255-288. [More Information]
  • Hyslop, G., Morey, S., Post, M. (2011). North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 3. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2011). Prosody and typological drift in Austroasiatic and Tibeto-Burman: Against "Indosphere" and "Sinosphere". ICAAL 4, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2011). The semantics of clause-linking in Galo. The Semantics of Clause Linking, (pp. 74-95). United States of America: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2011). Topographical deixis and the Tani languages of North East India. In Gwendolyn Hyslop, Stephen Morey, Mark W. Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 3, (pp. 137-154). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

2010

  • Morey, S., Post, M. (2010). North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 2. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2010). Predicate derivations in the Tani languages: Root, suffix, both or neither? In Stephen Morey and Mark W. Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 2, (pp. 175-197). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

2009

  • Rwbaa, I., Post, M., Rwbaa, I., `Xodu, M., 'Kenjum, B., 'Bomcak, R., Rwbaa, T., Aado, N., Keenaa, D. (2009). Galo-English Dictionary, with English-Galo Index. India: Galo Welfare Society. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2009). The phonology and grammar of Galo "words": A case study in benign disunity. Studies in Language, 34(4), 931-971. [More Information]

2008

  • Post, M. (2008). Adjectives in Thai: Implications for a functionalist typology of word classes. Linguistic Typology, 12(3), 339-381. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2008). Adjectives in Thai: Implications for a functionalist typology of word classes. Linguistic Typology, 12(3), 339-381. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2008). Grammaticalization and the discourse distribution of serial verbs in Assamese. SEALS XIII, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. [More Information]
  • Morey, S., Post, M. (2008). North East Indian Linguistics, Volume 1. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M., Barbora, M. (2008). Quest for a script. In Steven Morey, Mark Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, (pp. 255-270). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Post, M. (2008). Verbs of posture, existence, location and possession and their grammaticalization pathways in the Tani languages. In Steven Morey, Mark Post (Eds.), North East Indian Linguistics, (pp. 127-150). New Delhi: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

2007

  • Post, M. (2007). Grammaticalization and compounding in Thai and Chinese: A text-frequency approach. Studies in Language, 31(1), 117-175. [More Information]

2006

  • Post, M. (2006). Compounding and the structure of the Tani lexicon. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 29(1), 41-60. [More Information]

2004

  • Post, M. (2004). Assamese verb serialization in functional, areal-typological and diachronic perspective. Berkeley Linguistics Society, California: Berkeley Linguistics Society. [More Information]
  • Post, M., Guion, S., Payne, D. (2004). Phonetic correlates of tongue root vowel contrasts in Maa. Journal of Phonetics, 32, 517-542. [More Information]

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