Nicholas (Nick) Evans, ARC Laureate Fellow and Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the Australian National University, directs the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL). He has carried out wide-ranging fieldwork on indigenous languages of Australia and Papua New Guinea. The driving interest of his work is the interplay between documenting and describing the incredible diversity contained in the world’s endangered languages and the many humanistic and scientific questions they can help us answer.
In addition to book-length grammars and dictionaries of several Aboriginal languages (Kayardild, Bininj Gun-wok, Dalabon) and edited collections on numerous linguistic topics, he has published over 170 scientific papers. His crossover book Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us, which sets out a broad program for engaging with the world's dwindling linguistic diversity has been translated into French, Japanese, Korean and German, with a Chinese translation soon to appear. He has also worked as a linguist, interpreter and anthropologist in two Native Title claims, and as a promotor of Aboriginal art.
Nick is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Australian Social Sciences Academy, a corresponding member of the British Academy, and the recipient of the inaugural Anneliese Maier Forschungspreis from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation / German Ministry of Science and Education, and the Ken Hale Award from the Linguistics Society of America.