Dr Sebastian Fedden

Research Fellow

Phone: Work: 01483 68 3354
Room no: 43 AC 05

Further information


Apr 2002 M.A. in Linguistics and English, University of Bielefeld

May 2007 Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Melbourne

Nov 2007 – Research fellow, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Mar 2009 

Employed since 2009 as a Research Fellow in the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey.

Currently working on the AHRC funded project Alor-Pantar languages: origins and theoretical impact

Research Interests

Currently working on the typology of pronominal argument marking in the languages of Alor and Pantar in eastern Indonesia. His main interests are Papuan linguistics, nominal classification, and the typology of argument realization


2002. Nominale Klassifikationssysteme: Ein Vergleich zwischen Verbalklassifikation und Nominalklassen. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Bielefeld.

2002. Verbalklassifikation in nordamerikanischen Indianersprachen. Linguistische Berichte 192, 395‒415.

2003. Reciprocal constructions in Tok Pisin. Unpublished ms. University of Melbourne.

2006. Composite tone in Mian noun-noun compounds. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley: UC Berkeley.

2006. (with R. Singer). Review: Lang Description: Vajda (2004). Linguist List 17.202.

2007. Women, houses, and plural objects? – Homophony in the Mian gender system. In Loughnane, R. et al. (eds.), In Between Wor(l)ds. Transformation and Translation. School of Languages and Linguistics Postgraduate Research Papers on Language and Literature, vol. 6. Melbourne: University of Melbourne, School of Language and Linguistics: 183‒198.

2007. A grammar of Mian, a Papuan language of New Guinea. Ph.D. diss. University of Melbourne.

2010. Ditransitives in Mian. In Malchukov, A., M. Haspelmath and B. Comrie (eds.), Ditransitive Constructions. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 456‒485.

2010. (with D. Brown & G. Corbett). Conditions on pronominal marking - video stimuli. University of Surrey.

2011. A Grammar of Mian. Berlin: De Gryuter Mouton.

2011. (with R. Loughnane). Is Oksapmin Ok? A study of the genetic relatedness of Oksapmin and the Ok languages. Australian Journal of Linguistics. 1‒40.

to appear. Origin of switch-reference markers in Mian. In Gast, V. and H. Diessel (eds.), Clause combining in Cross-Linguistic Perspective. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

accepted. “Conditions on pronominal marking in the Alor-Pantar languages”. Linguistics.