Lila San Roque studies the ‘language of the mind’ in grammar, interaction and culture. A special focus is the lexical and grammatical expression of perception and knowledge (e.g., evidential systems, verbs of perception, egophoric markers) and how they are used in conversation and in language socialisation. Her fieldwork centres on the endangered and under-described language, Duna (Papua New Guinea). She also has a strong interest in descriptive linguistics, polysemy, and cross-linguistic typology.
IN 2014 Lila was awarded an NWO VENI grant to study and compare the language of perception in child-adult interaction across cultures, including Duna-speaking and English-speaking communities.
Burenhult, N., Hill, C. Huber, J., van Putten, S., Rybka, K. & San Roque, L. (In press). Forests: The cross-linguistic perspective. Geographica Helvetica
Evans, N., Bergqvist, H. & San Roque, L. (In press). The grammar of engagement I: Framework and initial exemplification. Language and Cognition
Evans, N., Bergqvist, H. & San Roque, L. (In press). The grammar of engagement II: Typology and diachrony. Language and Cognition
Floyd, S., E. Norcliffe and L. San Roque (eds). In press. Egophoricity. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
San Roque, L., S. Floyd & E. Norcliffe (in press). Egophoricity: An introduction. In Egophoricity. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
San Roque, L. (in press). Egophoric patterns in Duna verbal morphology (Trans New Guinea). In Egophoricity. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
San Roque, L. & B. B. Schieffelin (in press). Learning how to know: Egophoricity and the grammar of Kaluli (Bosavi, Trans New Guinea), with special reference to child language. In Egophoricity. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Schapper, A., San Roque, L., & Hendery, R. (2016). Tree, firewood and fire in the languages of Sahul. In P. Juvonen (Ed.), The Lexical Typology of Semantic Shifts (pp. 355-422). Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.
Bergqvist, H. and L. San Roque (eds). 2015. Epistemic marking in typological perspective. (Special Issue) STUF – Language Typology and Universals 68(2).
San Roque, L. 2015. Using you to get to me: Addressee perspective and speaker stance in Duna evidential marking. STUF – Language Typology and Universals 68(2): 187-210, DOI: 10.1515/stuf-2015-0010. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
San Roque, L., K. Kendrick, E. Norcliffe, P. Brown, R. Defina, M. Dingemanse, T. Dirksmeyer, N. J. Enfield, S. Floyd, J. Hammond, G. Rossi, S. Tufvesson, S. van Putten and A. Majid. 2015. Vision verbs dominate in conversation across cultures, but the ranking of non-visual verbs varies. Cognitive Linguistics 26: 31-60. DOI: 10.1515/cog-2014-0089. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
Rumsey, A., L. San Roque and B. B. Schieffelin (2013). The acquisition of ergativity in Kaluli, Ku Waru and Duna. In E. Bavin and S. Stoll (eds), The acquisition of ergativity. Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins.
Enfield, N. J., M. Dingemanse, J. Baranova, J. Blythe, P. Brown, T. Dirksmeyer, P. Drew, S. Floyd, S. Gipper, R. S. Gisladottir, G. Hoymann, K. Kendrick, S. C. Levinson, L. Magyari, E. Manrique, G. Rossi, L. San Roque and F. Torreira (2013). Huh? What? – A first survey in 20 languages. In M. Hayashi, G. Raymond and J. Sidnell (eds), Conversational repair and human understanding, 343-380. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
San Roque, L., L. Gawne, D. Hoenigman, J. Miller, S. Spronck, A. Rumsey, A. Carroll and N. Evans. 2012. Getting the story straight: Language fieldwork using a narrative problem-solving task. Language Documentation and Conservation 6: 135-174. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
San Roque, L. and R. Loughnane. 2012. Inheritance, contact and change in the New Guinea Highlands evidentiality area. Language and Linguistics in Melanesia. Special Issue 2012 Part II: 397-427. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
Schapper, A. and L. San Roque. 2011. Demonstratives and non-embedded nominalisations in three Papuan languages of the Timor-Alor-Pantar family. Studies in Language 35(2): 380-408. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
Gillespie, K. and L. San Roque. 2011. Music and Language in Duna pikono. In A. Rumsey and D. Niles (eds), Sung stories from the New Guinea Highlands: Studies in form, meaning and sociocultural context, 49-63. Canberra: ANU E Press. Link to source
Kendoli, K. Y. 2011. Yuna pikono. [Translated and edited by L. San Roque.] In A. Rumsey and D. Niles (eds), Sung stories from the New Guinea Highlands: Studies in form, meaning and sociocultural context, 39-47. Canberra: ANU E-Press.
San Roque, L. and E. Norcliffe. 2010. Knowledge asymmetries in grammar and interaction. In E. Norcliffe and N. J. Enfield (eds), Field Manual Volume 13, 37-44. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
Donohue, M. and L. San Roque. 2004. I’saka: A sketch grammar of a language of north-central New Guinea. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.
McLeod, A., J. Kemp, R. Knapp, A. Lockwood, M. Morgan and L. San Roque. 2003. Conflict, development and politics in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea: Workshop report. Canberra: State, Society and Governance in Melanesia, The Australian National University.
|2014||Perception verbs in conversation: A cross-linguistic study. Workshop on Olfactory Language Across Cultures. Radboud University.|
|2013||Interactional ecologies and the convergent evolution of linguistic structure. With J. Blythe & M. Dunn. University of Leuven.|
|2012||Living stories: Speaker, audience and evidential experience in Duna story-telling. University of Leiden.|
|2010||Subject person and verbal morphology in three languages of the New Guinea Highlands evidentiality area. University of Cologne.|
|2010||Evidential morphology and perspective: Changing views. University of Stockholm.|
|2010||Ill-advised, enlightened, obstructive and essential: Diverging views on vernacular language education in Papua New Guinea. Papers presented in honour of Rex Matang. 109th Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans.|
|2010||Everything comes from somewhere: Acquiring ‘optional ergativity’ in Duna. Workshop on the acquisition of ergativity, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology.|
|2009||Everything you always wanted to know about epistemic categories in Highlands Papua New Guinea languages but were afraid to ask. Arché: Philosophical Research Centre for Logic, Language, Metaphysics and Epistemology, University of St Andrews.|
|2009||An introduction to epistemic morphology in Duna. Linguistic Society of America Institute, University of California, Berkeley.|
|2005||Duna: What I think I know. Linguistic Anthropology Working Group, University of California, Berkeley.|
Conference and workshop presentations
|2016||Perception verbs in context: Perspectives from Bosavi (Kaluli) child-caregiver interaction. Perception Metaphor Workshop, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.|
|2016||Studying perception verbs in child-caregiver interaction. the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Australian National University, Australia.|
|2016||The senses in conversation: Cross-linguistic and developmental findings. Colloquium Categories Diversity and Contact, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.|
|2016||Introduction to Duna. Social Cognition Workshop, Bamberg University.|
|2015||Smell and the other senses in conversation: Cross-linguistic and developmental studies. The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13), Northumbria University.|
|2015||Towards a typology of egophoric marking. With S. Floyd and E. Norcliffe. The 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2015), Leiden University.|
|2015||Tree, firewood and fire in the languages of Sahul. With A. Schapper and R. Hendery. The 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2015), Leiden University.|
|2014||Patterns of polysemy: tree, firewood and fire in the languages of Sahul. With R. Hendery and A. Schapper. Poster presented at eResearch Australasia, Melbourne, 28 October 2014.|
|2014||Multiple perspective: A view from New Guinea. With H. Bergqvist. Workshop on the Languages of Papua 3, Universitas Negeri Papua.|
|2014||The acquisition of ergative marking in Kaluli, Ku Waru, and Duna. With A. Rumsey and B. B. Schieffelin. Workshop on the Languages of Papua 3, Universitas Negeri Papua.|
|2013||Where-question sequences in Duna. Place, landscape and language workshop. Radboud University.|
|2012||Introduction to Intersubjective perspectives in grammar (Workshop 8). With H. Bergqvist. Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Stockholm.|
|2012||Epistemic responsibility and multiple perspective in Duna. Intersubjective perspectives in grammar (Workshop 8), Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Stockholm.|
|2012||Interrogating evidentiality and egophoricity. With S. Floyd and E. Norcliffe. The Nature of Evidentiality, Leiden University.|
|2012||The New Guinea Highlands evidentiality area: An historical perspective. With R. Loughnane. History, contact and classification of Papuan languages, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.|
|2011||An introduction to conjunct/disjunct alignment in Duna and Kaluli (Trans New Guinea). Conjunct/disjunct alignment in cross-linguistic perspective workshop, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, University of Colorado at Boulder.|
|2011||‘Assertive agreement’ in Akhvakh (Nakh-Daghestanian): Denis Creissels’ analysis. Conjunct/disjunct alignment in cross-linguistic perspective workshop, Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute, University of Colorado at Boulder.|
|2010||Demonstratives in non-embedded nominalisations in the Papuan languages of south-east Indonesia. With A. Schapper. Meeting of the South East Asian Linguistics Society, Zuerich.|
|2009||A grammar’s anatomy: examining the relationship between grammatical description and typology. With R. Hendery, T. Honeyman, and A. Schapper. Poster presentation, Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT) 8th Biennial Conference, University of California, Berkeley.|
|2009||Encoding the minds of non-speakers. Social Cognition Workshop II, ANU.|
|2009||Report on trials of the picture task (enriched data-gathering) held in Kopiago, PNG. Social Cognition Workshop II, ANU.|
|2009||Perspective-taking in narrative. Verbal Art Workshop, ANU.|
|2008||Giving back to the community. 2nd Papuanists’ Workshop, University of Sydney.|
|2008||Duna and social cognition. Social Cognition Workshop I, ANU.|
|2008||Complexities in orthography choice: Suspicions of Huli influence on the Duna alphabet. Annual Meeting of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, ANU, Canberra.|
|2007||Intra-cultural accounts of sung poetry traditions. With E. Minchin. Meeting of the Sung Poetry Group, ANU.|
|2006||Memory and composition. With K. Gillespie. Meeting of the Sung Poetry Group, ANU.|
|2006||The language of sung stories. Goroka Workshop on Chanted Tales, Goroka, PNG.|
|2006||Evidentiality in Duna and Oksapmin. With R. Loughnane. 1st Papuanists’ Workshop, University of Sydney.|
|2000||Nasalisation in languages near Vanimo. With M. Donohue. Meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society, Melbourne.|