Dr Lauren

Dr Lauren Gawne

David Myers Research Fellow

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Languages and Linguistics

Melbourne (Bundoora)




Research fellow

Membership of professional associations

Australia Linguistics Society, International Society for Gesture Studies, Research Data Alliance, The Resource Network for Lingustic Diversity

Area of study


Brief profile

Lauren Gawne is a David Myers Research Fellow in the Department of Languages and Linguistics. Lauren's research focuses on evidentiality and gesture, with a speciality in Tibeto-Burman languages. Her research is underpinned by an interest in critical approaches to language documentation. Lauren has also worked on internet English.

Lauren's current research focuses on a closely related set of Tibetic languages spoken in Nepal. This focus is intended to provide a better understanding of the relationship between these varieties, and their histories. This work draws on Lauren's own work with Lamjung Yolmo, Ilam Yolmo and Syuba speakers, as well as open access collections for Syuba, Langtang, Nubri, Tsum and Melamchi Yolmo.

Lauren's PhD from The University of Melbourne focused on the use of evidentiality in Lamjung Yolmo. In 2014/15 she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and from 2015-2017 she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Linguistics at SOAS, funded through the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme.

Lauren runs the generalist linguistics website Superlinguo, hosts the podcast Lingthusiasm and writes 'By Lingo' a regular column for The Big Issue (Australia) about the history of everyday words.

Research specialisation

- Language documentation

- Linguistic typology

- Linguistics

Recent publications

Authored Books

Gawne, Lauren (2016) A sketch grammar of Lamjung Yolmo. Cambera, Australia: Asia-Pacific Linguistics. (Asia-Pacific Linguistics)

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Gawne, Lauren and Hill, Nathan, eds. (2017) Evidential Systems of Tibetan Languages. De Gruyter Mouton. (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 302) (Forthcoming)

Gawne, Lauren and Vaughan, Jill, eds. (2014) Selected Papers from the 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. Melbourne, Australia: University of Melbourne.

Book Chapters

Hill, Nathan W. (2017) 'Perfect experiential constructions: the inferential semantics of direct evidence.' In: Gawne, Lauren and Hill, Nathan W., (eds.), Evidential Systems of Tibetan Languages. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 131-159.

Hill, Nathan W. and Gawne, Lauren (2017) 'The contribution of Tibetan languages to the study of evidentiality.' In: Gawne, Lauren and Hill, Nathan W., (eds.), Evidential Systems of Tibetan Languages. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 1-38.

Gawne, Lauren (2016) 'Making the ESL classroom visible: Indigenous Australian children’s early education.' In: Murphy, Victoria and Evangelou, Maria, (eds.), Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages. London: British Council, pp. 111-136.


Gawne, Lauren (2016) 'Questions and answers in Lamjung Yolmo.' Journal of Pragmatics, 101. pp. 31-53.

Gawne, Lauren and Ring, Hiram (2016) 'Mapmaking for Language Documentation and Description.' Language Documentation & Conservation, 10. pp. 188-242.

Gawne, Lauren (2016) 'My name is Maya Lama/Syuba/Hyolmo: Negotiating identity in Hyolmo diaspora communities.' European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 47. pp. 40-68.

Loakes, Deborah and Carr, Therese and Gawne, Lauren and Wigglesworth, Gillian (2015) 'Vowels in Wunambal, a Language of the North West Kimberley Region.' Australian Journal of Linguistics, 35 (3). pp. 203-231.

Gawne, Lauren (2015) 'The reported speech evidential particle in Lamjung Yolmo.' Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 38 (2). pp. 292-318.

Gawne, Lauren (2015) 'Language documentation and division: Bridging the digital divide.' Digital Studies, 5.

Gawne, Lauren (2014) 'Evidentiality in Lamjung Yolmo.' Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, 7. pp. 76-96.

Gawne, Lauren and Kelly, Barbara F. (2014) 'Revisiting Significant Action and Gesture Categorization.' Australian Journal of Linguistics, 34 (2). pp. 216-233.

Gawne, Lauren (2013) 'Report on the relationship between Yolmo and Kagate.' Himalayan Linguistics, 12 (2). pp. 1-27.

Gawne, Lauren and Teo, Amos (2012) 'Report on the 7th international conference of the North East Indian Linguistics Society Don Bosco institute, Guwahati, India 31 January – 4 February, 2012.' Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 35 (2). pp. 139-141.

Gawne, Lauren and San Roque, Lila and Hoenigman, Darja and Miller, Julia Colleen and Rumsey, Alan and Spronck, Stef and Carroll, Alice and Evans, Nicholas (2012) 'Language Fieldwork Using a Narrative Problem-Solving Task.' Language Documentation & Conservation, 6. pp. 135-174.

Gawne, Lauren (2011) 'Reported speech in Lamjung Yolmo.' Nepalese Linguistics, 26. pp. 25-35.

Gawne, Lauren (2010) 'Lamjung Yolmo: a dialect of Yolmo, also known as Helambu Sherpa.' Nepalese Linguistics, 25. pp. 34-41.

Conference or Workshop Items

Gawne, Lauren and Teo, Amos and Baese-Berk, Melissa (2015) Tone and intonation: A case study in two Tibetic languages. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Phonetic Sciences, 10-14 August 2015, Glasgow, Scotland. (Unpublished)

Gawne, Lauren and Bird, Steven and Gelbart, Katie and McAlister, Isaac (2014) Collecting bilingual audio in remote indigenous villages. In: The 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, 23-29 August 2014, Dublin, Ireland.

Gawne, Lauren (2013) Similar languages, different dictionaries: A discussion of the Lamjung Yolmo and Kagate dictionary projects. In: Australex 2013: Endangered Words, and Signs of Revival, 25-27 July 2013, The University of Adelaide, Australia. (Unpublished)

Gawne, Lauren and Vaughan, Jill (2012) I can haz language play: The construction of language and identity in LOLspeak. In: Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Linguistic Society Conference – 2011, 01-04 December 2011, Canberra, Australia.

Gawne, Lauren and Kelly, Barbara and Unger, Annie (2010) Gesture categorisation and understanding speaker attention to gesture. In: Selected Papers from the 2009 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 9 to 11 July 2009, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.