The author of this blog is Professor Peter K. Austin who is Emeritus Professor in Field Linguistics at SOAS, University of London, and Visiting Researcher, Oxford University. His research covers descriptive, theoretical and applied linguistics, with a focus on the theory and practice of language documentation. He has carried out extensive fieldwork on Australian Aboriginal languages, and Austronesian languages of eastern Indonesia, and revitalisation work with Dieri Aboriginal Corporation of South Australia and the Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation in Western Australia. He also writes for the Dieri language blog. For further academic information visit his homepage.
Peter Austin started his linguistics career in in Australia, with visiting appointments at University of Frankfurt, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Hong Kong University, and Stanford University. In 2002, the Humboldt Foundation, Germany, awarded him the Humboldt Prize and in 2010 the Humboldt Award. In January 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate honoris causa by Uppsala University in recognition of his international work on endangered languages. He retired from SOAS on 31 December 2019 and lives in London.