Dr. Angela Terrill

Email: Angela.terrill@usp.ac.fj

Expertise / Activities

Educational Background/ Qualifications
PhD, Australian National University

Dr Angela Terrill joins USP in 2021. A graduate of the Australian National University, she has worked in the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig Germany; the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands; and the Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands. She has carried out fieldwork projects on Lavukaleve and Touo, two indigenous languages of the Solomon Islands.

Research Interests
Research interests include the documentation and description of indigenous languages of the Pacific, with a special interest in Papuan languages, language isolates, language histories and linguistic typology.

Research Publications


Don Kulick and Angela Terrill. 2019. A Grammar and Dictionary of Tayap: The Life and Death of a Papuan Language. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Angela Terrill. 2003. A grammar of Lavukaleve. Mouton Grammar Library 30. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Angela Terrill. 2002. Dharumbal: The language of Rockhampton, Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics 525.

Angela Terrill. 1998. Biri. München: Lincom Europa Languages of the World/Materials 258.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Michael Dunn and Angela Terrill. 2012. Assessing the lexical evidence for the Central Solomons family (Papuan) using the Oswalt Monte Carlo Test. Diachronica 29(1): 1–27.

Angela Terrill. 2011. Languages in contact: an exploration of stability and change in the Solomon Islands. Oceanic Linguistics 50(2): 312–337.

Michael Dunn, Stephen C. Levinson, Eva Lindström, Ger Reesink and Angela Terrill. 2008. Structural phylogeny in historical linguistics: methodological explorations applied in Island Melanesia. Language 84(4): 710–759.

Keith Hunley, Michael Dunn, Eva Lindström, Ger Reesink, Angela Terrill, Meghan E. Healey, George Koki, Françoise Friedlaender, Jonathon S. Friedlaender. 2008. Genetic and linguistic coevolution in Northern Island Melanesia. PLoS Genetics 4(10): e1000239.

Angela Terrill and Niclas Burenhult. 2008. Orientation as a strategy of spatial reference.

Studies in Language 32(1): 93–136.

Michael Dunn, Anna Margetts, Sergio Meira and Angela Terrill. 2007. Four languages from the lower end of the typology of locative predication. Felix Ameka and Stephen C. Levinson (eds.). Locative Predicates. Special Issue of Linguistics 45(5): 873–892.

M. Dunn, R. Foley, S. Levinson, G. Reesink, A. Terrill. 2007. Statistical reasoning in the evaluation of typological diversity in Island Melanesia. Oceanic Linguistics, 46(2): 388– 403.

Angela Terrill. 2006. Body part terms in Lavukaleve, a Papuan language of the Solomon Islands. In Asifa Majid, N. J. Enfield and Miriam van Staden (eds.). Special Issue, Language Sciences, Volume 28, Issues 2-3: 304–322.

Sergio Meira and Angela Terrill. 2005. Contrasting contrastive demonstratives in Tiriyó and Lavukaleve. Linguistics 43(6): 1131–1152.

Michael Dunn, Angela Terrill, Ger Reesink, Robert A., Foley, Stephen C. Levinson. 2005. Structural phylogenetics and the reconstruction of ancient language history. Science, 23 309(5743): 2072–2075.

Angela Terrill. 2003. Linguistic stratigraphy in the central Solomon Islands: lexical evidence of early Papuan/Austronesian interaction. Journal of the Polynesian Society 112(4): 369–401.

Angela Terrill and Michael Dunn. 2003. Orthographic design in the Solomon Islands: the social, historical, and linguistic situation of Touo (Baniata). Written Languages and Literacy 6(2): 177–192.

Angela Terrill. 2002. Why make books for people who don’t read?: a perspective on documentation of an endangered language from Solomon Islands. International Journal of the Sociology of Language (155-156): 205–219.

Angela Terrill. 2002. Systems of nominal classification in East Papuan languages. Oceanic Linguistics 41(1): 63–88.

Michael Dunn, Ger Reesink and Angela Terrill. The East Papuan languages: a preliminary typological appraisal. Oceanic Linguistics 41(1): 28–62.

Angela Terrill. 2001. Activation in Lavukaleve pronouns: oia versus foia. Linguistic Typology 5: 67–90.

Angela Terrill. 1997. The development of antipassive constructions in Australian languages. Australian Journal of Linguistics Vol 17(1): 71–88.

Book chapters

In preparation. A sketch of Touo. To be published in Nick Evans and Sebastian Fedden. Oxford Guide to the Papuan Languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Angela Terrill. 2018. Exophoric demonstratives in Lavukaleve. In Stephen C.

Levinson, Sarah Cutfield, Michael J. Dunn, N. J. Enfield, Sérgio Meira, David Wilkins (eds.). Demonstratives in Cross-Linguistic Perspective (Language Culture and Cognition). 206–221. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Tonya Stebbins, Bethwyn Evans and Angela Terrill. 2018. The Papuan languages of Island Melanesia. In Bill Palmer (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. 775–894. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Angela Terrill. 2011. Limits of the substrate: Substrate grammatical influence in Solomon Islands Pijin. In Claire Lefebvre (ed.). Creoles, their Substrates, and Language Typology. 513–529. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Angela Terrill. 2010. Complex predicates and complex clauses in Lavukaleve. In John Bowden, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann and Malcolm Ross (eds.). A journey through

Austronesian and Papuan linguistic and cultural space: papers in honour of Andrew K. Pawley. 499–512. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

Eva Lindström, Angela Terrill, Ger Reesink and Michael Dunn. 2007. The languages of Island Melanesia. In Jonathon S. Friedlaender (ed.) Genes, language, and culture history in the Southwest Pacific. 118–139. New York: Oxford University Press.

Keith Hunley, Michael Dunn, Eva Lindström, Ger Reesink, Angela Terrill, Heather Norton, Laura Scheinfeldt, Francoise Friedlaender, D. Andrew Merriwether, George Koki, and Jonathon Friedlaender. 2007. Inferring prehistory from genetic, linguistic, and geographic variation. In Jonathon S. Friedlaender (ed.) Genes, language, and culture history in the Southwest Pacific. 141–154. New York: Oxford University Press.

Angela Terrill and Michael Dunn. 2006. Semantic transference: two case studies from the Solomon Islands. In Claire Lefebvre, Lydia White and Christine Jourdan (eds.). L2 Acquisition and Creole Genesis: Dialogues. 67–85. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Angela Terrill. 2006. Central Solomons Languages. In Keith Brown (ed). Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd Ed. Vol 2. 279–280. Elsevier: Oxford University Press.

Angela Terrill. 2004. Coordination in Lavukaleve. In Martin Haspelmath (ed.). Coordinating Constructions. Typological Studies in Language 58. 427–443. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Angela Terrill. 2001. Warlpiri. In Jane Garry and Carl Rubino (eds). Facts about the World’s languages: an Encyclopedia of the World’s Major Languages Past and Present. 801–803. New York: HW Wilson.

Book reviews or scholarly comment

Angela Terrill. 2010. Review of ’Claire Bowern. 2008. Linguistic fieldwork: a practical guide. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan’. Language, 86(2): 435–438

Angela Terrill. 2010. Review of ‘R. A. Blust The Austronesian languages. 2009. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics’. Oceanic Linguistics 49(1): 313–316.

Jonathan Friedlaender, Keith Hunley, Michael Dunn, Angela Terrill, Eva Lindström, Ger Reesink et al. 2009. Linguistics more robust than genetics [Letter]. Science, 324: 464–465.

Angela Terrill. 2009. Review of ‘Felix K. Ameka, Alan Dench and Nicholas Evans (eds.). Catching language: The standing challenge of grammar writing’. Language Documentation & Conservation 3(1): 132–137.

Angela Terrill. 2007. Review of ‘Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Jack Golson and Robin Hide (eds.). 2005. Papuan pasts: Cultural, linguistic and biological histories

of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.’ Oceanic Linguistics

46(1): 313–321.

Angela Terrill. 2002. Review of ‘Cynthia J. M. Farr. 1999. The Interface between syntax and discourse in Korafe, a Papuan language of Papua New Guinea. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics’. Linguistic Typology 6(1): 110–116.