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Paul Sidwell
Paul James Sidwell
Other namesPaul J. Sidwell
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne (Ph.D.)
Known forProto-Austroasiatic reconstruction
Scientific career
FieldsHistorical linguistics, Austroasiatic languages
InstitutionsAustralian National University
Thesis A reconstruction of Proto-Bahnaric  (1998)
WebsiteOfficial website

Paul James Sidwell is an Australian linguist based in Canberra, Australia who has held research and lecturing positions at the Australian National University. Sidwell, who is also an expert and consultant in forensic linguistics, is most notable for his work on the historical linguistics of the Austroasiatic language family, and has published reconstructions of the Austroasiatic, Bahnaric, Katuic, Palaungic, Khasic, and Nicobaric proto-languages.[1] Sidwell is currently the President of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS) and also regularly organises the International Conference on Austroasiatic Linguistics (ICAAL).


In 2001, Sidwell was appointed as a Collaborating Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig. From 2001 to 2004, he was an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian National University, remaining there from 2005 to 2007 as a Visiting Research Fellow, funded by the Max Planck Institute. From 2007 to 2011 he was Director of the Mon-Khmer Language Project at the Center for Research in Computational Linguistics at Bangkok, and from 2012 to 2016 an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Australian National University, working on the Austroasiatic Lexicon Project. For the rest of 2016 he rejoined the Center for Research in Computational Linguistics, Bangkok, as a Consulting Linguist on the DARPA/LORELEI Project. Since 2017 he has been a Partner at Language Intelligence, and in 2017/2018 was an Honorary Lecturer of the Australian National University. From 2019 to 2021 he was an Honorary Associate in the Department of Linguistics of the University of Sydney.

Personal life

Sidwell currently lives in Batemans Bay, New South Wales.[2]





  1. ^ "Dr Paul Sidwell". 25 April 2018. Archived from the original on 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ Paul Sidwell.