Professor William Foley

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Current research students

Project title Research student
New approaches to the analysis of word order in Chinese Anna MORBIATO

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2009

  • Promoting Writing Across the Curriculum and the First-Year Experience Through the WRIT Program; Thomas S, Foley W; University of Sydney/Teaching Improvement and Equipment Scheme (TIES).

2005

  • Sharing access and analytical tools for ethnographic digital media using high speed networks; Thieberger N, Simpson J, Barwick L, Wigglesworth G, Rumsay A, Bowden F, Buchhorn M, Hungerford N, Foley W, Marett A, Corn A, Nordlinger R, Evans N, Hajek J, Johnston H, Schembri G, Pfeiffer S, Hunter J, McConvell P, Gumbula J, Austin P, Holton G; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Special Research Initiatives.

2004

  • Digital archiving equipment for PARADISEC research archive of Asia-Pacific region audio recordings; Marett A, Foley W, Simpson J, et al V; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2003

  • Quadriga system for research archive of Asia-Pacific region audio recordings; Marett A, Foley W, Simpson J, Barwick L, et al V; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2002

  • Papuan Descriptive Linguistics of the West Sepik Region; Foley W; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2001

  • Grammatical representation of events in languages of the Pacific; Foley W; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Research and Development (R&D).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Foley, W. (2018). The languages of Northwest New Guinea. In Bill Palmer (Eds.), The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A comprehensive Guide, (pp. 433-567). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Foley, W. (2018). The Languages of the Sepik-Ramu Basin and Environs. In Bill Palmer (Eds.), The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A comprehensive Guide, (pp. 197-431). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Foley, W. (2018). The Morphosyntactic Typology of Papuan Languages. In Bill Palmer (Eds.), The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A comprehensive Guide, (pp. 875-917). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Foley, W. (2017). Polysynthesis in new Guinea. In Michael Fortescue, Marianne Mithun, Nicholas Evans (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis, (pp. 336-359). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Foley, W. (2017). Structural and Semantic Dependencies in Word Class. In N. J. Enfield (Eds.), Dependencies in Language: On the Causal Ontology of Linguistic Systems, (pp. 179-194). Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Foley, W. (2017). The Polysynthetic Profile of Yimas, a Language of New Guinea. In Michael Fortescue, Marianne Mithun, Nicholas Evans (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis, (pp. 808-829). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Foley, W. (2016). Anthropological Linguistics and Field Linguistics. In Keith Allan (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Linguistics, (pp. 250-263). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Foley, W. (2016). Direct versus Inverse in Murik-Kopar. In Jens Fleischhauer, Anja Latrouite and Rainer Osswald (Eds.), Explorations of the Syntax-Semantics Interface, (pp. 265-288). Dusseldorf: Dusseldorf University Press.
  • Foley, W. (2014). A comparative look at nominalizations in Austronesian. In I Wayan Arka, N.L.K. Mas Indrawati (Eds.), Argument realisations and related constructions in Austronesian languages: Papers from 12-ICAL, (pp. 1-51). Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.
  • Foley, W. (2013). Yimas-Arafundi Pidgin. In S. M. Michaelis, P. Maurer, M. Haspelmath, M. Huber (Eds.), The Survey of Pidgin and Creole Languages: Volume 3: Contact Languages Based on Languages from Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas, (pp. 105-113). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Foley, W. (2010). Clause linkage and Nexus in Papuan languages. In Isabelle Bril (Eds.), Clause Linking and Clause Hierarchy: Syntax and Pragmatics, (pp. 27-50). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]
  • Foley, W. (2010). Events and serial verb constructions. In Amberber, Mengistu; Baker, Brett; Harvey, Mark (Eds.), Complex Predicates: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives on Event Structure, (pp. 79-109). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Foley, W. (2010). Language contact in the New Guinea region. In Hickey, Raymond (Eds.), The Handbook of Language Contact, (pp. 795-813). West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [More Information]
  • Foley, W. (2008). The notion of 'event' and serial verb constructions: arguments from New Guinea. In Wilaiwan Khanittanan and Paul Sidwell (Eds.), SEALS XIV: Papers from the 14th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 2004, (pp. 129-155). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Foley, W. (2008). The place of Philippine languages in a typology of voice systems. In Peter K. Austin and Simon Musgrave (Eds.), Voice and Grammatical Relations in Austronesian Languages, (pp. 22-44). Stanford: CSLI Publications.
  • Foley, W. (2007). A Typology of Information Packaging in the Clause. In Timothy Shopen (Eds.), Language Typology and Syntactic Description, (pp. 362-446). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Foley, W. (2005). Do Humans Have Innate Mental Structures? Some Arguments from Linguistics. In Susan McKinnon & Sydel Silverman (Eds.), Complexities: Beyond Nature & Nurture, (pp. 43-63). Chicago (USA) & London (UK): University of Chicago Press.
  • Foley, W. (2005). Linguistic prehistory in the Sepik-Ramu basin. In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Jack Golson; Robin Hide (Eds.), Papuan pasts: Cultural, lingustic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples, (pp. 109-144). Canberra (ACT): Pacific Linguistics.

Journals

  • Foley, W. (2015). Learning about Language in Papua New Guinea Villages: Some Personal Vignettes. Language and Linguistics in Melanesia, 33(2), 45-59.
  • Foley, W. (2011). Gender and Language in Ethnographic and Evolutionary Perspectives. Reviews in Anthropology, 40(2), 82-106. [More Information]
  • Foley, W. (2006). Universal constraints and local conditions in Pidginization. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, 21(1), 1-44. [More Information]
  • Foley, W. (2005). Semantic parameters and the unaccusative split in the Austronesian language family. Studies in Language, 29(2), 385-430. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Foley, W. (2007). Reason, understanding and the limits of translation. Meaning and Translation in Language Documentation, London UK: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project.
  • Foley, W. (2005). Personhood and language identity, purism and variation. Language contact and Variation in Language documentation, London: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project.
  • Foley, W. (2004). Language Endangerment, Language Documentation And Capacity Building: Challenges From New Guinea. Archiving Language Materials / Training and Capacity Building for Endangered Languages Communities, London: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
  • Foley, W. (2003). Genre, register and language documentation in literate and preliterate communities. Endangered Languages: Charting the Way Forward, london: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project.

2018

  • Foley, W. (2018). The languages of Northwest New Guinea. In Bill Palmer (Eds.), The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A comprehensive Guide, (pp. 433-567). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Foley, W. (2018). The Languages of the Sepik-Ramu Basin and Environs. In Bill Palmer (Eds.), The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A comprehensive Guide, (pp. 197-431). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • Foley, W. (2018). The Morphosyntactic Typology of Papuan Languages. In Bill Palmer (Eds.), The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A comprehensive Guide, (pp. 875-917). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

2017

  • Foley, W. (2017). Polysynthesis in new Guinea. In Michael Fortescue, Marianne Mithun, Nicholas Evans (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis, (pp. 336-359). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Foley, W. (2017). Structural and Semantic Dependencies in Word Class. In N. J. Enfield (Eds.), Dependencies in Language: On the Causal Ontology of Linguistic Systems, (pp. 179-194). Berlin: Language Science Press.
  • Foley, W. (2017). The Polysynthetic Profile of Yimas, a Language of New Guinea. In Michael Fortescue, Marianne Mithun, Nicholas Evans (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis, (pp. 808-829). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2016

  • Foley, W. (2016). Anthropological Linguistics and Field Linguistics. In Keith Allan (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Linguistics, (pp. 250-263). Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Foley, W. (2016). Direct versus Inverse in Murik-Kopar. In Jens Fleischhauer, Anja Latrouite and Rainer Osswald (Eds.), Explorations of the Syntax-Semantics Interface, (pp. 265-288). Dusseldorf: Dusseldorf University Press.

2015

  • Foley, W. (2015). Learning about Language in Papua New Guinea Villages: Some Personal Vignettes. Language and Linguistics in Melanesia, 33(2), 45-59.

2014

  • Foley, W. (2014). A comparative look at nominalizations in Austronesian. In I Wayan Arka, N.L.K. Mas Indrawati (Eds.), Argument realisations and related constructions in Austronesian languages: Papers from 12-ICAL, (pp. 1-51). Canberra: Asia-Pacific Linguistics.

2013

  • Foley, W. (2013). Yimas-Arafundi Pidgin. In S. M. Michaelis, P. Maurer, M. Haspelmath, M. Huber (Eds.), The Survey of Pidgin and Creole Languages: Volume 3: Contact Languages Based on Languages from Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas, (pp. 105-113). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2011

  • Foley, W. (2011). Gender and Language in Ethnographic and Evolutionary Perspectives. Reviews in Anthropology, 40(2), 82-106. [More Information]

2010

  • Foley, W. (2010). Clause linkage and Nexus in Papuan languages. In Isabelle Bril (Eds.), Clause Linking and Clause Hierarchy: Syntax and Pragmatics, (pp. 27-50). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. [More Information]
  • Foley, W. (2010). Events and serial verb constructions. In Amberber, Mengistu; Baker, Brett; Harvey, Mark (Eds.), Complex Predicates: Cross-Linguistic Perspectives on Event Structure, (pp. 79-109). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Foley, W. (2010). Language contact in the New Guinea region. In Hickey, Raymond (Eds.), The Handbook of Language Contact, (pp. 795-813). West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [More Information]

2008

  • Foley, W. (2008). The notion of 'event' and serial verb constructions: arguments from New Guinea. In Wilaiwan Khanittanan and Paul Sidwell (Eds.), SEALS XIV: Papers from the 14th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society 2004, (pp. 129-155). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
  • Foley, W. (2008). The place of Philippine languages in a typology of voice systems. In Peter K. Austin and Simon Musgrave (Eds.), Voice and Grammatical Relations in Austronesian Languages, (pp. 22-44). Stanford: CSLI Publications.

2007

  • Foley, W. (2007). A Typology of Information Packaging in the Clause. In Timothy Shopen (Eds.), Language Typology and Syntactic Description, (pp. 362-446). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Foley, W. (2007). Reason, understanding and the limits of translation. Meaning and Translation in Language Documentation, London UK: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project.

2006

  • Foley, W. (2006). Universal constraints and local conditions in Pidginization. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, 21(1), 1-44. [More Information]

2005

  • Foley, W. (2005). Do Humans Have Innate Mental Structures? Some Arguments from Linguistics. In Susan McKinnon & Sydel Silverman (Eds.), Complexities: Beyond Nature & Nurture, (pp. 43-63). Chicago (USA) & London (UK): University of Chicago Press.
  • Foley, W. (2005). Linguistic prehistory in the Sepik-Ramu basin. In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Jack Golson; Robin Hide (Eds.), Papuan pasts: Cultural, lingustic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples, (pp. 109-144). Canberra (ACT): Pacific Linguistics.
  • Foley, W. (2005). Personhood and language identity, purism and variation. Language contact and Variation in Language documentation, London: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project.
  • Foley, W. (2005). Semantic parameters and the unaccusative split in the Austronesian language family. Studies in Language, 29(2), 385-430. [More Information]

2004

  • Foley, W. (2004). Language Endangerment, Language Documentation And Capacity Building: Challenges From New Guinea. Archiving Language Materials / Training and Capacity Building for Endangered Languages Communities, London: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

2003

  • Foley, W. (2003). Genre, register and language documentation in literate and preliterate communities. Endangered Languages: Charting the Way Forward, london: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project.

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