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Andrew Pawley
Andrew Kenneth Pawley

Sydney, Australia
Academic background
Academic work
InstitutionsAustralian National University
Main interestsPapuan languages and Oceanic languages

Andrew Kenneth Pawley (born 1941), FRSNZ, FAHA, is Emeritus Professor at the School of Culture, History & Language of the College of Asia & the Pacific at the Australian National University. Pawley was born in Sydney but moved to New Zealand at the age of 12.


Pawley taught linguistics in the Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland from 1965 to 1989, with periods at the University of Papua New Guinea (1969) and the University of Hawaii (1973 to 1978). He moved to the Australian National University in 1990. He has taught at the Linguistic Society of America's Summer Institute in 1977 and 1985. Pawley took sabbaticals at Berkeley (1983), Frankfurt (1994) and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (2001). Currently, he is Professor Emeritus at Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific.

Current projects

Collaborating with Malcolm Ross and Meredith Osmond on a six volume series using lexical comparisons to reconstruct the culture and environment of Proto-Oceanic speakers; completing dictionaries of Kalam (Papua New Guinea) and Wayan (Western Fiji); collaborating with Ian Saem Majnep on a book on Kalam ethnobotany.

Research interests

Pawley's research interests include Austronesian and Papuan languages and cultures, the prehistory of Pacific Island peoples, folk taxonomies and ethnobiology, lexicography, phraseology and idiomaticity.

Key publications