Felicity Meakins

Professor Felicity Meakins

  • Post Nominals: FASSA, FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2022
  • Section(s): Linguistics


Felicity Meakins (ASSA) is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Queensland and a CI in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. She is a field linguist who specialises in the documentation of First Nations languages in northern Australia and the effect of English on these languages. She has worked as a community linguist as well as an academic over the past two decades, facilitating language revitalisation programs, consulting on Native Title claims and conducting research into First Nations languages.

The aim of Meakins’ work has been to build interdisciplinary teams of Indigenous community members, students, postdocs, scientists & artists to document highly endangered First Nations languages. This work extends beyond the traditional boundaries of linguistic research to ground projects in the artistic, cultural & land-based practices of First Nations peoples. They have been aiming to make lasting records of these languages and address broader research questions related to human language and cognition. In 2021, Meakins won the Eureka Award for Interdisciplinary Scientific Research together with Cassandra Algy, Lindell Bromham and Xia Hua. She also won the Linguistic Society of America (LSA)’s Kenneth L Hale Award for linguistic fieldwork.


Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.