Full name: Hedvig Skirgård

E-mail: hedvig.public [snabel-a] gmail.com

Academia: Hedvig Skirgård

Twitter: @laserhedvig


  • PhD Candidate

The Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity (ARC Laureate project)

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

School of Culture, History and Language

College of Asia and the Pacific

The Australian National University

  • Researcher

Grambank, part of the Glottobank-consortium

  • Co-chair of Public Relations

Board of the International Linguistics Olympiad


I'm a linguist from Sweden (Uppsala-Stockholm), living in Australia (Canberra). I'm a typologist interested in complexity, contact, linguistic methodology and systematic bottom-up comparative research. My recent interests are mainly focused on methodology of large scale comparative studies, new empirical methods in fieldwork, driving forces in large scale language change and databases. I'm currently focusing on variation in Samoan and diversification of pacific languages.

I'm currently conducting my PhD at the Australian National University. I'm part of a larger research project investigating the question of what it is that drives linguistic diversity, it's called the Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity and is lead by Prof. Nicholas Evans. My particular project focusses on the Samoan archipelago and comparing it to the other sites in our project (Pentecoste, Arnhemland and Souther New Guinea). For a longer description of our entire overarching research project, go here. I recently did a presentation about my project, my part in it, the slides can be found here.

I'm also a part of the Glottobank consortium, working on a global grammatical survey of languages.

I did my MA at Stockholm University (with exchange at University of Manitoba, Winnipeg) and I've also worked in a research project in the Nijmegen for some time, at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen.

Besides doing research I'm also involved in public outreach, such as the national olympiad of linguistics in Sweden and the international olympiad of linguistics. I also do lectures on linguistic typology and similar topics to high school students, write blog posts, talk on radio etc. I also write on a blog called Humans Who Read Grammars. If you are interested in grammar and linguist diversity you might like it.

Apart from linguistics I am interested in roller skating, comic books and, as of recently, blues music. I also consume large amounts of podcasts, mainly investigative journalism, comedy and science ones

p.s. For how to pronounce my name, go here. Yes, this is such a common enough question that I decided to make a video.

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