Barry Blake

Professor Barry Blake

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1987
  • Section(s): Linguistics


Barry Blake is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at La Trobe University and Emeritus member at the Centre for Research on Language Diversity.
He is author or joint author of descriptions of three languages of Western Queensland based on fieldwork undertaken in the period 1966-76 and of several descriptions of Victorian languages based on nineteenth-century sources. His most recent work has been to produce a consolidated account of Yartwatjali, Tjapwurrung and Djadjawurrung, three closely related dialects of Western Kulin. He is currently an adviser to the Boandik community in the production of a resource volume on Bunganditj. His research covers a wide range of linguistic topics; from secret language (taboo, slang, irony, allusion, riddle etc) to Victorian Aboriginal languages.

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