Dr Joshua Nash

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Phone: +61 2 6773 2519

Email: jnash7@une.edu.au


Joshua Nash is a linguist and an environmentalist. His research intersects ethnography, the anthropology of religion, architecture, pilgrimage studies, and language documentation. He has conducted linguistic fieldwork on Norfolk Island, South Pacific and Kangaroo Island, South Australia, environmental and ethnographic fieldwork in Vrindavan, India, and architectural research in outback Australia.


BSc (Flinders), Master of Environmental Studies (Adelaide), PhD (Adelaide)

Research Interests

  • Toponymy
  • Ecolinguistics
  • Language contact
  • Language and architecture
  • Islands
  • Pilgrimage



Nash, J. accepted 20/10/2016. Pitcairn Island: The history, language, and environment of the Bounty descendants. Battlebridge: London and Colombo.

Nash, J. 2013, Insular Toponymies: Place-naming on Norfolk Island, South Pacific and Dudley Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Nash, J. 2012, Norfolk Island Placenames, Norfolk Island: Norfolk Island Museum Trust.

Mühlhäusler, P. & Nash, J. 2012, Norfolk Island: History People Environment Language, London & Colombo: Battlebridge.

Mühlhäusler, P. & Nash, J. 2016, Norfolk Island: Home of the Bounty descendants (second edition), London & Colombo: Battlebridge.


Hendery, R., Mühlhäusler, P. & Nash, J. 2015, ‘Sometime is lies’: Narrative and identity in two mixed-origin island languages, in F. Gounder (ed.), Narrative and Identity Construction in the Pacific Islands, Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 101–116.

Mühlhäusler, P. & Nash, J. 2016, 'Signs of/on power, power on/of signs: Language-based tourism, linguistic landscapes and onomastics on Norfolk Island', in G. Puzey & L. Kostanski (eds.), People, Places, Perceptions and Power. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters: 62–80.

Nash, J. (accepted 4/12/2015), ‘Ecolinguistics and place-names: Interaction between humans and nature’, In H. Penz & A. Fill, Ecolinguistics Handbook, London: Routledge.

Nash, J. 2014, ‘Obtuse anglers: fishing ground names and the linguistics and ethnography of fishing on Norfolk Island’, in I.D. Clark, L Hercus, L. Kostanski (eds) Indigenous and Minority Place Names – Australian and International Perspectives, ANU E-Press: Canberra, 305-323.

Nash, J. 2012, ‘Re-examining ecological approaches to Vrindavan pilgrimage’, in Manderson, L., Smith, W. & Tomlinson, M. (eds), Flows of Faith: Religious Reach and Community in Asia and the Pacific, Springer: Dordrecht & New York, 105-121.

Nash, J. & Mühlhäusler, P. 2012, ‘Ripe banana bake’, in A. Baldacchino & G. Baldacchino (eds.), A Taste of Islands: 60 Recipes and Stories from our World of Islands, Island Studies Press: Charlottetown, Canada, 244-247.


Nash, J. 2017. ‘Conflicts, names, and sea space’, Guest edited special section in Journal of Maritime and Territorial Studies, 4(1).

Nash, J. (ed.) 2016, ‘Island toponymies’, Guest edited thematic section of Island Studies Journal, 11(2), November 2016.

Amery, R. & Nash, J. (eds.) 2008, Warra wiltanippendi – Strengthening Languages: Proceedings from the Inaugural Aboriginal Languages Conference (ILC) 2007, Adelaide: Discipline of Linguistics, University of Adelaide.

Steffensen, S.V. & Nash, J. (eds.), 2007, Language, Ecology and Society: A dialectical approach, S.V.  London: Continuum.

Steffensen, S.V. & Nash, J. (eds.) 2006, Ecolinguistics: Surveying the dialectics of language, ecology and society, Odense, Denmark: Odense University Press.


Nash, J. 2017, ‘Should placenames be listed in dictionaries?, or creating a placename database for the Norfolk Island language’, Problems in Onomastics, page numbers not yet known.

Nash, J. 2017, ‘Conflicts, names, and sea space: A critical commentary and special section editorial of selected papers from the 22nd International Seminar on Sea Names, 23-26 October 2016, Jeju Island, South Korea’, Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies, 4(1): page numbers not yet known.

Nash, J. 2017, ‘Pitcairn Island, island toponymies, and fishing ground names: Towards the possibility of a peaceful onshore and offshore reconciliation’, Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies, 4(1): page numbers not yet known.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Do island toponymies exist?’, Island Studies Journal, 11(2): 339-342.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘An island, some fishermen, and a few placenames: a research note’, Island Studies Journal, 11(2): 431-436.

Nash, J. accepted 13/11/2016, ‘Is Norfolk Island architecture (a) creole?, Fabrications: The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Is ecolinguistics necessary?’, Ecolinguística: Revista Brasileira de Ecologia e Linguagem (ECO-REBEL), 2(2): 31-36.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Home-o: Being at home with reflections on hetero-homosexual identity’, Journal of Bisexuality. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15299716.2016.1220341

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Linguistics, geography, and the potential of Australian island toponymies’, Australian Geographer, page numbers not yet known.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Professor A.S.C. Ross on Pitcairnese and the pronunciation of “Pitcairn”, ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 29(1): 32-35.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Ecologically embedded languages, cumulative grammars, and island ecologies’, Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, 48(2): 161-170.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘The Shrī Hari Vansh Mantra-Yantra: Sacred sound, symbolic representation, and Vrindavan environmentalism’, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 24(2): 137-145.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Toponymy, drawing, and representing place: a comment on James Cantrill’s ‘On Seeing “Places”’, Environmental Communication, 10(5): 671-676.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Beyond the island of metrics: An addendum to Stratford’s ten years of Island Studies Journal, Island Studies Journal, 11(1): 285-290.

Nash, J. 2016. ‘A nameless island’, Australian Folklore, 29: page numbers not yet known.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘May I Have Your Name Please? Hotel names on Norfolk Island, South Pacific’, Tourism Analysis, 21(5): 541-547.

Nash, J. 2016, The influence of Edward Young’s St Kitts Creole in Pitkern-Norf’k toponyms English Language and Linguistics, page numbers not yet known.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Is linguistic landscape necessary?’, Landscape Research, 41(3): 380-384.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Creole spatiality and Pitcairn Island: a comment on Feinberg and Mawyer’s Ethos Special Issue Senses of Space’, Ethos, 44(1), 3-8.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Who Gets the Research Loot? Or The Challenges of Being a Postdoctoral Fellow in a Neoliberal University’, Australian Universities’ Review, 58(1): 65-68.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘The space of aquapelago’, Shima – The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 10(1): 1-3 <http://shimajournal.org/issues/anthologies/Aquapelago-Anthology-Intro.pdf>.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Dudley Peninsula: Linguistic pilgrimage and toponymic ethnography on an almost–island’, Shima – The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 10(1): 109-115.

Nash, J. 2016, ‘Language contact and ‘the catch’: Norfolk Island fishing ground names’, Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, 70(1): 62-67.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘Cultural aspects of Norfolk Island toponymy’, Onomastica Canadiana,

Nash, J. 2015, ‘Vrindavan: The human sanctuary’, Journal of Vaishnava Studies, 24(1): 55-66.

Nash, J. 2015, ‘Architectural pilgrimage’, Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, 5(2): 121-128.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘The how of toponymy: A comment on Tent’s ‘Approaches to Research in Toponymy’’, Names 63(4): 233-236.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘On the possibility of Pidgin English toponyms in Pacific missions’, Historiographia Linguistica, 42(1): 139-151.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘Can small(er) islands tell a large(r) story? The microcosm of Nepean Island, Norfolk Island Archipelago’, Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 148(455 & 456): 82-86.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘Placenames and ecolinguistics: Some considerations for toponymists’, Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 40(1-2): 99-103.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘Island placenaming and insular toponymies’, Names, 63(3): 146-157.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘Is toponymy necessary?’ Studies in Language, 39(1): 229-234.

Nash, J. 2013/2014, ‘Norfolk Pitcairn Bounty: Myth narrative place’, Te Reo, 56/57: 177-190.

Nash, J. 2014. 'A clash of toponymies, or toponymic conflict on Phillip Island, Norfolk Island Archipelago’, The Globe, 75: 11-15.

Nash, J. 2014, ‘Norf’k placenames and creole toponymy’, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, 29(1): 135-142.

Nash, J. & Low, M. 2014, ‘Language and place-knowledge on Norfolk Island’, Ethnos, 80(3): 385-408.

Nash, J. & Mühlhäusler P. 2014, ‘Linking language and the environment: The case of Norf’k and Norfolk Island’, Language Sciences, 41, 26–33.

Nash, J. 2013, ‘Naming places–on and around Kangaroo Island’, South Australian Geographical Journal, 112, 69-73.

Nash, J. 2013, ‘Response and Rejoinder to Perley's ‘Zombie Linguistics: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a linguist to pass through the ‘Perley Gates’: A response to Perley’s ‘Zombie Linguistics’’, Anthropological Forum, 23(1): 107-113.

Nash, J. & Orman, J. 2013, ‘Things people speak? A response to Orman’s ‘linguistic diversity and language loss: a view from integrational linguistics’ with rejoinder’, Language Sciences, 41, 222-226.

Nash, J. 2012, ‘An insular toponymy: place-naming on Dudley Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia: 136(2): 67–96.

Nash, J. 2012, ‘Insular toponymies: pristine place-naming on Norfolk Island, South Pacific and Dudley Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, South Australia’, Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 145(443 & 444): 95-96.

Nash, J. 2012, ‘Melanesian Mission placenames on Norfolk Island’, The Journal of Pacific History, 47(4): 475-489.

Nash, J. 2012, ‘Pristine toponymy and embedded placenames on islands’, Names, 60(3): 166–72.

Nash, J. 2012, ‘Landscape Underwater, Underwater Landscapes: Kangaroo Island Diving Site Names as Elements of the Linguistic Landscape’, Landscape Research, 38(3): 394-400.

Nash, J. 2012, ‘Naming the aquapelago: reconsidering Norfolk Island fishing ground names’, Shima – The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 6(2): 15-20.

Nash, J. & Chuk, T. 2012, ‘In deep water: diving site names on Norfolk Island’, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 10(4): 301-320.

Nash, J. 2011, ‘Norfolk Island, South Pacific: An empirical ecolinguistic case study’, AUMLA - Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, 116: 83-97.

Nash, J. 2010, ‘Folk toponymy and offshore fishing ground names on the Dudley Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, South Australia’, Island Studies Journal, 5(1): 43-60.

Nash, J. 2009, ‘Naming the Sea: Offshore fishing grounds as placenames on Norfolk Island and Pitcairn Island’, Shima – The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 3(2): 118-131.


Nash, J. 2017. ‘Is (the possibility of) unemployment a crime?’, National Tertiary Education Union - Advocate.

Nash, J. 2017. ‘A Nameless Island’, The Island Review.

Nash, J. 2016. ‘Esoteric placenames on Norfolk Island’, Placenames Australia (December 2016): 6-7.

Nash, J. 2016. ‘Buggered if I know where I am: the stories behind Australia's weird and wonderful place names’, The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/buggered-if-i-know-where-i-am-the-stories-behind-australias-weird-and-wonderful-place-names-66923

Nash, J. 2016. ‘Vrindavan: The human sanctuary’, Vrindavan Today, http://news.vrindavantoday.org/2016/06/vrindavan-human-sanctuary-part/

Nash, J. 2016. ‘The modern academix’, National Tertiary Education Union - Advocate, 23(2), June): 46.

Nash, J. 2016. ‘Should dictionaries include toponym entries?’, Placenames Australia (March 2016): 9.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘A nameless island’, http://www.newc.org.au/non-fiction-award.html.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘Stories to be told’, The UK Log, 51(July): 3.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘Stories to be told’, Unique – UNE Alumni Newsletter, 2(1): 25.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘Fiddling on the roof’, Placenames Australia (June 2015): 3.

Nash, J. 2015. ‘Tiger in the Corner: Insider names on Dudley Peninsula’, Placenames Australia (March 2015): 1, 7-8.

Nash, J. 2013. ‘A clash of toponymies: Phillip Island, Norfolk Island Archipelago’, Placenames Australia (December 2013): 1, 3-5.

Nash, J. 2013. ‘Norfolk Island toponymy: the Melanesian Mission’s influence’, Placenames Australia (September 2013): 3, 8-9.

Nash, J. 2013, ‘Toponymy and ecolinguistics’. History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences, http://hiphilangsci.net/2013/11/13/toponymy-and-ecolinguistics

Nash, J. 2012, 'Norfolk Island toponymy: The microcosm of Nepean Island', Placenames Australia (June 2012): 1, 8-9.

Nash, J. 2002. ‘Word Repetition in Danish: ‘Jeg mener 'skæg' ikke 'skæg' (I mean 'funny' not 'beard')’, Word Ways 35(1): 40-41.

Nash, J. 2001, ‘Onomatopoeia and Language Perception’, Word Ways, 34(3): 185-188.

Nash, J. 2001, ‘Air Pollution and Danish Society: What are the means for an understandable communication?’, Miljø og Sundhed (Environment and Health), 17: 12-13.


Nash, J. 2016, ‘Island toponymies and fishing ground names: Is there a peaceful onshore and offshore solution?’ Invited and refereed paper in Proceedings of the 22nd International Seminar on Sea Names, Seoul: The Society for East Sea/Northeast Asian History Association: 25-32.

Nash, J. 2015, ‘Drawn names: The aesthetics of linguistic landscapes and linguistic pilgrimage’. Refereed paper presented at Drawing International Brisbane: ego.artefact.arena, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, 01-02 October. Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research, downloadable from http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55779bbce4b004acf1e1479d/t/56aeef2af699bb9775b976e9/1454305070573/JOSHUA+NASH_DRAWN+NAMES_DIB2015.pdf, 1-10.

Nash, J. 2011, ‘Linguistic and ethnographic aspects of place-naming of the Melanesian Mission, Norfolk Island, South Pacific’, in Islands of History: Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Professional Historians Association (NSW), Norfolk Island, July 2010, Anchor Books: Spit Junction, NSW: 128-133.

Nash, J. 2010, ‘On Chintan’, in Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Adelaide, 5-8 July 2010 (www.adelaide.edu.au/asaa2010/reviewed_papers/Nash-Joshua.pdf): 1-15.

Nash, J. 2010, ‘Ecolinguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics – Two Case Studies: The Hit Chaurasi Pad and Norfolk Island, South Pacific’, in N. Choudhary & G. Sabu (eds.) Proceedings of the Third Students' Conference of Linguistics in India 19-21 February, 2009, Centre for Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University: New Delhi, India: 138-148.

Nash, J. 2009, ‘Toponymy on Norfolk Island, South Pacific: The microcosm of Nepean Island’, in W. Ahrens, S. Embleton & André Lapierre (eds.), Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Onomastic Sciences 2008 Toronto Proceedings, Toronto: York University: 751-759.


Nash, J. 2016, Review of Haberman (2013), People Trees: Worship of Trees in Northern India, Journal of Hindu Studies, 9(3): 10.1093/jhs/hiw022.

Nash, J. 2016, Review of Hendery (2015), One Man Is an Island: the speech community William Marsters begat on Palmerston Island, Journal of Pacific History, 51(2): 223-225.

Nash, J. 2015, Review of Goswami (2013), A Living Theology: Essential Teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhup‪āda, Edited with Introduction and Conclusion by Graham M. Schweig, International Journal of Hindu Studies, 19(3): 342-345.

Nash, J. 2015, Review of Barnett (2013), Emergence in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Research, 40(4): 517-518.

Nash, J. 2015, Review of Zenker (2013), Irish/ness is all around us: language revivalism and the culture of ethnic identity in Northern Ireland, Anthropological Forum, 25(2): 210-212.

Nash, J. 2014, Review of Michaelis et al. (2013), The Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures/The Survey of Pidgin and Creole Languages, Australian Journal of Linguistics, 34(3): 426-429.

Nash, J. 2014, Review of Baker & Pederson (2013), Talk of St Kitts and Nevis, and Meyerhoff & Walker (2013), Bequia Talk (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Island Studies Journal, 9(1): 169-170.

Nash, J. 2013, Review of Mullan (2010), Expressing Opinions in French and Australian English Discourse: A semantic and interactional analysis, Journal of French Language Studies, 23(3): 459-461.

Nash, J. 2013, Review of St-Hilaire (2011), Kwéyòl in Postcolonial Saint Lucia: Globalization, language planning, and national development, Journal of French Language Studies, 23(2): 306-308.

Nash, J. 2012, Review of Mark, Turk, Burenhult & Stea (2011), Landscape in Language: Transdisciplinary perspectives, Culture and Language Use 4, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 7(2): 197-200.

Nash, J. 2012, Review of Shohamy & Gorter (2009), Linguistic Landscape: Expanding the scenery, and Jaworski & Thurlow (2010), ‘Semiotic Landscapes: Language, Image, Space’, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 16(4): 552-554.

Nash, J. 2012, Review of St-Hilaire (2011), Kwéyòl in Postcolonial Saint Lucia: Globalization, language planning, and national development, (http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-2265.html)

Nash, J. 2010, Review of Müller (2009), Metaphors Dead and Alive, Sleeping and Waking: A Dynamic View, Australian Journal of Linguistics, 30(4): 534-536.

Nash, J. 2010, Review of Alexander (2009), Framing Discourse on the Environment: A critical discourse approach, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 14(3): 409-415.

Nash, J. 2010, Review of Rasinger (2007), Bengali-English in East London: A study in urban multilingualism, (http://linguistlist.org/pubs/reviews/get-review.cfm?SubID=2233359).


Nash, J. 2016. Norfolk Island (Australian National Placenames Survey Data Report No. 1). Placenames Australia: South Turramurra, New South Wales. http://www.anps.org.au/documents/ANPSDataReport1.pdf

Nash, J. 2016. Dudley Peninsula (Australian National Placenames Survey Data Report No. 2). Placenames Australia: South Turramurra, New South Wales. http://www.anps.org.au/documents/ANPSDataReport2.pdf

Nash, J. 1998. Vrindavan conservation – A perspective. New Delhi: WWF-India.