Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Dr. Mary Walworth

Kahlaische Strasse 10

07745 Jena



Dr. Mary Walworth

Dr. Mary Walworth

Dr. Mary Walworth

Main Focus

My research focuses on the evolution and interaction of Oceanic languages, specifically in Polynesia and Vanuatu. Through language documentation and comparison of many understudied languages in these areas, I work to uncover not only historical linguistic relationships but also historical relationships between the speakers of these languages (contact networks, spheres of exchange and interaction, and population movement).

I am currently the Senior Linguist on the Vanuatu Languages and Lifeways project within the DLCE.

Curriculum Vitae

  • BA Anthropology/Philosophy, Marquette University, USA (2004)
  • PhD Linguistics, "The language of Rapa Iti: Description of a language in change", University of Hawai'i, USA (2015)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow and P.I., "Documentation of Reo Magareva", National Science Foundation Documentation of Endangered Languages Program (2015-2016)
  • Co-P.I., "LINKEAST: Diversification and linkages among Eastern Polynesian languages", Université de la Polynésie française (2016-)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Linguistics, Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (2016-)

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Dept. of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
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