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Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

Sprachwissenschaftliches Seminar
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Belfortstraße 18

79085 Freiburg im Breisgau

E-Mail: kirsten.culhane(at)


seit 07/2019 PhD (Linguistics), first Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, then Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Subject: The prosodic foot. A study of languages in Greater Timor (Arbeitstitel)
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Uta Reinöhl
2018 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Australian National University
Thesis title: Amfo’an consonant insertions: A synchronic and diachronic account
Supervisor: Bethwyn Evans
2013-2016 Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Visual Arts, Australian National University
Majors: Linguistics, Print media and Drawing
Minors: Indonesian, Art theory
Supervisor: Professor Jane Simpson

Research Assistantships, Internships and Scholarships


The University of Melbourne, supervised by Rebecca Defina


ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (ANU): Summer scholar.
This Project is a study of morphosyntactic features of Warlpiri child language, and of how these features are indicative of contact-induced change. Supervised by Dr. Carmel O'Shannessy.


Unit Bahasa dan Budaya (Language and Culture Unit, Kupang).
The focus of role was to produce an electronic corpus of Amfo’an, an undocumented Austronesian language of Western Timor. Amfo’an is a morphologically complex language with several typologically uncommon features such as morphological metathesis. This role included collecting, transcribing, glossing, translating and analysing spoken texts. In this role, I also conducted an extensive survey of the Amfo’an area to determine dialectal variation and worked with members of the community to produce literacy recourses in Amfo’an. Supervised by Dr. Chuck Grimes


Language Intelligence, supervised by Paul Sidwell and Mark Donohue

Other Employment

02/2018-11/2018 Big Improvements Tutoring, Tutor, Manager
07/2016-12/2016 Questacon, The Department of Industry and Science, Questacon Assistant
09/2015-07/2016 Questacon, The Department of Industry and Science, Gallery Assistant
06/2015-12/2016 Fenner Hall, The Australian National University, Senior resident
02/2015-12/2015 Big Improvements Tutoring, Tutor
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