Nick Enfield

Professor Nick Enfield

  • Post Nominals: FRSN, FASSA, FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2015
  • Section(s): Linguistics


An international authority in the area of Southeast Asian languages, Nicholas Enfield has developed an important and unique perspective on language and languages, from the study of micro-ethno-linguistic phenomena based on fieldwork in Laos, to the evolution of language in the species and the history of languages across society.

He is renowned for the originality of his interdisciplinary work that spans linguistics, anthropology, sociology, cognitive science, and history. His publications on syntax and semantics span over a dozen mainland Southeast Asian languages.

Nick is currently Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney and Director of the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre. Nick was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2018.

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