Academic Profile
Assoc Prof Alexander Robertson Coupe

Associate Professor 
Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies 
School of Humanities and Social Sciences 
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences 



Email: ARCoupe@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: (+65)65921567 
Office: HSS-03-56 
Education
  • PhD (Ling) La Trobe University 2004
  • MA (Ling) The Australian Natl University 1999
  • Bach of Asian Studies (Thai) (Hons) The Australian Natl University 1995
Biography
Dr Alexander Coupe joined the Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in June 2009. He gained his Ph.D. from La Trobe University in 2004 and his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Asian Studies with Honours from the Australian National University in 1999 and 1995 respectively. Following his doctoral research, he was awarded an Australian Research Council Fellowship to investigate the typology of clause linkage in Tibeto-Burman languages. Between completing this fellowship and taking up his present position, he taught linguistics at La Trobe University. He is the author of two books, various journal articles and book chapters, and has edited two special issues of journal volumes.

Alexander Coupe is the general editor of the internationally peer-reviewed journal ‘Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area’ (to be published by John Benjamins from 2014) , has served as a reviewer for the journals ‘Lingua’, ‘Diachronica’, 'Studies in Language', 'Journal of the International Phonetic Association', 'Language & Linguistics', 'Himalayan Linguistics' and ‘Journal of the South East Asian Linguistics Society’, and has reviewed manuscripts and book proposals for Oxford University Press, Mouton de Gruyter and Springer. He has also been a reviewer of grant applications for the Endangered Languages Documentation Project (UK), the National Science foundation (USA), and the World Oral Literature Project (UK). He is a member of the Association for Linguistic Typology and the Australian Linguistics Society.
Research Interests
Alexander Coupe's major contributions to linguistic research have focused upon aspects of the grammar of Ao; more recently he has turned his attention to other Tibeto-Burman languages of north-east India, including Chang, Khiamniungan, Lotha, Sangtam and Yimchungru, and he has investigated evidence of their contact and convergence with Indic languages. This fieldwork-based research is driven by a desire to record and analyse the grammars of these poorly understood Tibeto-Burman languages, to determine their genetic relationships, and to document them for posterity. The output of this work feeds another research goal: to seek functional and diachronic explanations for the structural diversity and commonalities found in Tibeto-Burman languages and in human language more generally, and to advance knowledge in the field of linguistic typology.

Specific areas of research interest include the analysis of tone systems, phonetics and phonology, the role of pragmatics in grammar, case marking systems, morphosyntax, clause linkage, nominalization, grammaticalization and language contact.
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2013-)
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2014-)
  • CoHASS Incentive Scheme (2011-)
Current Projects
  • Exploring the Crossroads of Linguistic Diversity
  • Exploring the crossroads of linguistic diversity: language contact in S.E. Asia
  • Grammar Matrix Reloaded: Syntax and Semantics of Affectedness
  • Grammatical description and digital documentation of endangered languages of Nagaland, north-east India
Selected Publications
  • Alexander Robertson Coupe. (2011, December). Agentive/ergative marking in Tibeto-Burman and Australian languages. Paper presented at Australian Linguistics Society Annual Conference,, The Australian National University, Canberra.
  • Coupe, A.R. (2007). Converging patterns of clause linkage in NagalandNew challenges in typology: broadening the horizons and redefining the foundations. Trends in Linguistics, Studies and Monographs 189. (pp. 339-361). Germany: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Coupe, A.R. (2001). ThaiFacts about the world’s major languages: an encyclopedia of the world’s major languages, past and present. (pp. pp. 733-739). United States: H.W. Wilson.
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