Alexandra Aikhenvald

Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1999
  • Section(s): Linguistics, European Languages And Cultures


Alexandra Aikhenvald worked in the North Africa and Middle East section of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, and was then Professor of Linguistics at the Universidade Federal de Santa Caterina in Brazil before coming to Australia in 1994. She has worked on descriptive and historical aspects of Berber languages and has published, in Russian, grammars of Modern Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew. She is a major authority on languages of the Arawak family, from northern Amazonia, and has written grammars of Bare (1995, based on work with the last speaker who has since died), Warekena (1998) and Tariana (2003), in addition to essays on various typological and areal features of South American languages. Her monographs include Classifiers: A Typology of Noun-Classification Devices (2000), The Art of Grammar: A Practical Guide (2015), and How Gender Shapes the World (2016).

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.