Associate Professor Nick Reid

Associate Professor, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences

Nick Reid

Phone: +61 2 6773 3400



BA (Hons), PhD (ANU)

Teaching Areas

LING101 Introduction to Linguistics
LING102 Foundations of Linguistics
LING353/LING553 The English Language
LING365/LING565 Phonetics and Phonology
LING366/LING566 Australia's Indigenous Languages
LING369/569 Morphology and Syntax
LING401H Linguistics Hons Coursework
LING402H Linguistics Hons Dissertation

Supervision Areas

In contemporary and classical Japanese language, Auslan, Indonesian, and historical and comparative Aboriginal linguistics. Including: language description; Aboriginal linguistics; morphological and syntactic typology; sign languages and comparative linguistics. Other topics in linguistics can, of course, be negotiated.

Research Interests

Nick Reid is an Associate Professor in the School. His main linguistic specialisation is the study of Australian Aboriginal languages of the Daly River region (NT). He has published grammars, dictionaries and text collections of the two languages, Ngan'gikurunggurr and Ngen'giwumirri.

His descriptive work has fuelled other research interests, primarily within the areas of morphological and syntactic typology, language description, historical linguistics and ethnomusicology. He is particularly interested in systems of nominal and verbal classification, and has co-edited a book on nominal classification in Australian languages. 

In addition to ongoing documentary linguistic projects in the Daly River region, Nick takes active interest in the maintenance and revival of Aboriginal languages in NSW, and the phonetics of Australian English. He is currently engaged in collaborative research with Patrick Nunn looking at the use of scientifically derived sea level rise chronologies as a way of dating Aboriginal oral traditions about coastal inundation around the Australian coastline.

Nick has been the degree coordinator of UNE's highly successful online Master of Applied Linguistics and has been actively involved in course development and online teaching since 1997. He has developed extensive multimedia teaching resources, including the widely used Phonetics: an Interactive Introduction. At UNE he has been an early adopter of online audio and video delivery, enhanced podcasting and web-based assessment.


2016. Aboriginal Memories of Inundation of the Australian Coast Dating from More than 7000 Years Ago
Patrick D. Nunn , Nicholas J. Reid. Australian Geographer Vol. 47, Iss. 1.

2015. Djanba, Wangga and Lirrga: using musical innovation to renegotiate social contracts, rebuild social strength and recreate community. In Christopher Moseley ed.
Proceedings of the FEL XIX - FEL NOLA conference, 7-10 October 2015. Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans

2015. Ancient Aboriginal stories preserve history of a rise in sea level. In Christopher Moseley ed. OGMIOS Newsletter 58. December 2015. ISSN 1471C0382

2014 Reid, Nicholas and Patrick Nunn and Margaret Sharpe. Indigenous Australian Stories and Sea-Level Change. In Patrick Heinrich and Nicholas Ostler, eds. Indigenous Languages and their Value to the Community. Proceedings of the 18th Foundation for Endangered Languages conference, Okinawa, Japan.

2011 Reid, Nicholas. Ngan'gityemerri: a language of the Daly River region, Northern Territory of Australia. Amsterdam: Lincom Europa.

2011 Reid, Nicholas. Social identity and recurrent themes in the Djanba repertory. In M. Harvey, B. Baker and R. Gardener eds. Language and identity in indigenous communities. Papers in Honour of Michael Walsh. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

2010 Reid, Nicholas. Maintenance and revival strategies for Indigenous languages: Lessons from Australia. In Sengupta, K. ed. Proceedings of the 2009 Symposium on Intangible Cultural Heritage. New Delhi: Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.

2010 Reid, Nicholas. English influence on the pronunciation of Aboriginal languages in the context of language revival and revitalisation. In Hobson, J. and S. Poetsch, eds.  Re-awakening languages: Theory & practice in the revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous languages. NSW Education Department, Board of Studies.

2008 Reid, Nicholas and Patricia McTaggart. Ngan'gi Dictionary. Australian Linguistics Press: Armidale.

2005 Reid, Nicholas. Aboriginal Languages. Microsoft. Encarta Encyclopedia, World English Edition.

2005 Reid, Nicholas. Languages of the World: Ngan'gityemerri. The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics II. Oxford: Elsevier.

2005 Reid, Nicholas and Ian Green. Murrinh-Patha and the Daly Languages. Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Vol 2. ed. Philipp Strazny. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn.

2004 Reid, Nicholas and Ian Green. Murrinh Patha and the Daly Languages. Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn.

2004 Reid, N. Phonetics: An Interactive Introduction. CD ROM Program. Teaching and Learning Centre, University of New England. ISBN 1 86389 609 0.

2003 Reid, N. Phrasal Verb to Synthetic Verb: Recorded morphosyntactic change in Ngan'gityemerri. In Evans, N. ed, The Non-Pama-Nyungan Languages of Northern Australia: Comparative studies of the continents most linguistically complex region. Pacific Linguistics: Canberra. (28 pages).

2002 Reid, N. and C. McLoughlin. Designing online quiz questions to assess a range of cognitive skills. In Barker, P. and S. Rebelsky eds. Proceedings of the World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia (1267 - 1272). Denver: AACE. ISBN 1-880094-45-2.

2002 Reid, N. Sit right down the back: Serialized posture verbs in Ngan'gityemerri and other Northern Australian languages. In Newman, J. ed. The Linguistics of Sitting, Standing and Lying. John Benjamins: Amsterdam.

2002 Reid, N. Applied philology: Creating placenames in Armidale city. In Simpson, J. and F. Hodges eds. The Land is a Map: Placenames of Indigenous origin in Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

2002 Reid, N. 'Ken Hale would just love this': Finding the 31st Ngan'gityemerri finite verb. In Simpson, J. and Nash, D. and Laughren, M. and Austin, A. and Alpher, B. eds. Forty Years On: Ken Hale and Australian Languages. Pacific Linguistics: Canberra.

2000 Reid, N. Complex Verb Collocations in Ngan'gityemerri: A non-derivational mechanism for encoding valency alternations. In Dixon, R.M.W. and A. Aikenvald eds Changing Valency: Case studies in transitivity Studies in Language Series. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. (37 pages).

1997 Reid, Nicholas. Class and Classifier in Ngan'gityemerri. In Reid, Nicholas and Mark Harvey. eds. Noun Classification in Australian Languages. John Benjamins: Amsterdam.

Recent Conference Papers and Seminars

2016. Reid, Nicholas. Aboriginal memories of the inundation of the Australian coast. Research Unit for Indigenous Language, Public Seminar Series, University of Melbourne, 25th of May 2016.

2015. Reid, Nicholas. Aboriginal memories of inundation of the Australian coast dating from more than 7000 years ago. Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, People, Policy, Place Seminar Series, 1st September 2015.

2015. Djanba, Wangga and Lirrga: using musical innovation to renegotiate social contracts, rebuild social strength and recreate community. FEL XIX - FEL NOLA conference, 7-10 October 2015. Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans.

2014 Reid, Nicholas. Oral traditions about Sea-Level Rises: Aboriginal cultural transmission over great time depths. BCSS Seminar Series, University of New England, November 26th 2014.

2014 Reid, Nicholas. Aboriginal Oral Traditions and Sea-Level Change. School of Languages and Linguistics, Seminar Series, Griffith University, November 18th 2014. 

2014 Reid, Nicholas. Indigenous Australian Stories and Sea-Level Change. Foundation for Endangered Languages conference, Okinawa, Japan, September 19th 2014. 

2012 Reid, N. Maintaining dialectal variation in a high endangerment scenario: Ngan'gikurunggurr and Ngen'giwumirri.  NWAV Asia-Pacific 2 Conference, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, August 1-4.

2011 Reid, N. Indigenous languages and the monolingual mindset: exploring attitudes to Aboriginal languages in the public domain.  Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Language in Public seminar series. Canberra.

2010 Reid, N. Pronunciation and authenticity in reawakened Aboriginal languages. Linguistics Seminar Series, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England. 24th of June, 2010.

2009 Reid, N. Maintenance and revival strategies for Indigenous languages: Lessons from Australia. Symposium on Intangible Cultural Heritage. New Delhi: Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. October 23rd, 2009.

2009 Reid, N. English influence on the pronunciation of reawakened Aboriginal languages. AIATSIS Conference. Manning Clarke Centre, Australian National University. October 1st 2009.

Further Information

Sample Multimedia Developments


Nick's active role in the uptake and application of multimedia and online technologies to teaching and learning has been recognised through many significant awards and reviews, including;

  • In 2006 he received a Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
  • In 2000 he was awarded UNE's Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching, in recognition of his online and other multimedia material development.
  • In 2000 Nick's CD Phonetics: An Interactive Introduction was awarded the prize for the Best CD-ROM Project: Exemplary Use of Electronic Technologies in Teaching and Learning in Tertiary Education by ASCILITE in 2000, and was short-listed for the Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing.

Research Grants

In 2013-14 Nick is working on a Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Documentation Project (MDP0271) entitled 'Documenting the Ngan'gi language'. $59,000.00

Nick has been working on a 5-year Large ARC Discovery grant (DP0450131), Murrinh-Patha Song at Wadeye with Marrett, Barwick, Blythe, Walsh & Ford. $587,000.00. The fruits of this research can be viewed at

Chair of Linguistics

UNE Linguistics lost its Chair in 1998, with little hope of replacement in the foreseeable future. To rectify this Nick built the Chair of Linguistics in 2009, originally on display at the Canberra School of Art, but now in use in the UNE Linguistics dept.