I am a PonsonnetMaia_20141126_16linguist working on Australian languages spoken in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia: Dalabon, Barunga Kriol, and other languages spoken in the same region (Gunwinyguan family). I am primarily a linguist but am also trained in philosophy, and have anthropological interests. My linguistic research deals with the encoding of emotions in Dalabon and Barunga Kriol, with a view to broader cross-linguistic comparisons with other languages of this region, and to a broader typology of emotions across Australian languages and further.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer at The University of Western Australia’s School of Social Sciences. I am also an Affiliate with  The University of Sydney (Department of Linguistics), the Australian National University (Linguistics Department of the College of Asia and the Pacific), and the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.