I am interested in how grammar and gesture are used within conversations and across cultures. My research publications span a number of topics including:

  • Gesture and communication
  • Emoji in online interaction
  • Evidentiality
  • Tibeto-Burman languages
  • Research data management and citation
  • Communicating linguistics (lingcomm)

If you would like a copy of something that is not available here, please email me. A list of conference presentations is available here.


  • 2016 Gawne, L. A sketch grammar of Lamjung Yolmo. Asia-Pacific Linguistics. [PDF] [blog summary]

Edited volumes

  • 2017 Gawne, L. & N.W. Hill (Eds). Evidential Systems of Tibetan Languages. Mouton [overview] [blog summary]
  • 2014 Gawne, L. & J. Vaughan (Eds) Proceedings of the 44th Australian Linguistic Society Conference. [Digital Repository link]

Refereed journal articles

  • 2023 Gawne, L. & A. Cabraal. Linguistics education and its application in the workplace: an analysis of interviews with linguistics graduates. Language, 99(1): e35-e57. doi: 10.1353/lan.2023.0003 [published version – OA from March 2024][blog summary][resource set]
  • 2022 Gawne, L. & T. Owen-Smith. The General Fact/Generic Factual in Yolmo and Tamang. Studies in Language. Issue number forthcoming doi: 10.1075/sl.21049.gaw [published version][Green OA version][blog summary]
  • 2021 Gawne, Lauren. Reported evidentiality in Tibeto-Burman languages. Himalayan Linguistics, 20(3): 80-115. doi: 10.5070/H920152301 [Open Access publication][blog summary]
  • 2021 Gawne, Lauren & Ruth Singer. Ten Years of Linguistics in the Pub. Australian Journal of Linguistics. 41(3): 376-387. [published version][Green OA version embargoed until April 2023][Author copy PDF][blog summary]
  • 2021 Gawne, L. ‘Away’ gestures associated with negative expressions in narrative discourse in Syuba (Kagate, Nepal) speakers. Semiotica, 239: 37-59. [published version]  [Green OA version embargoed until March 2022][blog summary]
  • 2021 Kelly, J. M., Coupe, A. R., Kratochvíl, F., Qixuan, L., Yan, N. X., Yu, O. H., Teo, A., & Gawne, L. Illustrating Literacy Materials for Endangered Languages: Ethical Dilemmas and Artistic Trials. Asian Journal of Sociological Research, 5(2), 88-107. [Open Access publication]
  • 2020 Gawne, L. & Hildebrandt, K.A. Reported speech in earthquake narratives from six Tibeto-Burman languages. Studies in Language, 44(2), 461-499. [Open Access version][published version][blog summary]
  • 2020 Gawne, L., G. Roche & R. Gamble. “The bus doesn’t stop for us”: Multilingualism, attitudes and identity in songs of a Tibetic community of Nepal. Multilingua. 1-31. [Open Access version][published version][blog summary]
  • 2020 Davis, A. E., Gamble, R., Roche, G., & Gawne, L. International relations and the Himalaya: connecting ecologies, cultures and geopolitics. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 1-21. [Open access article][blog summary]
  • 2020 Gawne, L. Looks like a duck, quacks like a hand: Tools for eliciting evidential and epistemic distinctions, with examples from Lamjung Yolmo (Tibetic, Nepal). Folia Linguistica, 54(2): 343-369. [Open access version][published version][blog summary]
  • 2019 Gawne, Lauren, C. Krajcik, H.N. Andreassen, A.L. Berez-Kroeker & B.F. Kelly. Data Transparency and Citation in the Journal Gesture. Gesture 18(1):  83–109. [Open Access version][published version][blog summary]
  • 2019 Gawne, L. & G. McCulloch. Emoji as digital gestures. Language@Internet, 17, article 2. [Open Access HTML][blog summary]
  • 2019 Gawne, L., et al. Grammatical overview of Yolmo (Tibeto-Burman, Nepal). Wiki Journal of the Humanities. 2(1): 2. [Open Access HTML][blog summary]
  • 2018 Gawne, L. Contexts of Use of a Rotated Palms Gesture among Syuba (Kagate) Speakers in Nepal. Gesture 17(1: 37-64) [abstract][blog summary]
  • 2018 Gawne, L. A guide to the Syuba (Kagate) language documentation corpus. Language Documentation & Conservation 12: 204-234. [Open Access PDF][blog summary]
  • 2018 Berez-Kroeker, A.L., L. Gawne, S. Kung, B.F. Kelly, T. Heston, G. Holton, P. Pulsifer, D. Beaver, S. Chelliah, S. Dubinsky, R. Meier, N. Thieberger, K. Rice & A. Woodbury. 2018. Reproducible Research in linguistics: A position statement on data citation and attribution in our field. Linguistics 56(1): 1-17. [Open Access article online and PDF][blog summary]
  • 2017 Styles, S. & L. Gawne. When does maluma/takete fail? Two key failures and a meta-analysis suggest that phonology and phonotactics matter. i-Perception 8(4). 1-17. [Open Access online article] [blog summary]
  • 2017 Gawne, L. Syuba (Kagate). Language Documentation and Description 13: 65-93. [Open Access PDF] [blog summary]
  • 2017 Gawne, L., B.F. Kelly, A.L. Berez- Kroeker & T. Heston. Putting practice into words: The state of data and methods transparency in grammatical descriptions. Language Documentation & Conservation 11: 157-189. [Open Access PDF] [blog summary]
  • 2017 Kvicalova, R, R. Slade & L. Gawne. BOLD documentation of the Langtang language (Rasuwa). Nepalese Linguistics 32: 33-39. [PDF]
  • 2016 Gawne, L. My name is Maya Lama/Syuba/Hyolmo: Negotiating identity in Hyolmo diaspora communities. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research 47: 40-68. [PDF][blog summary]
  • 2016 Gawne, L. Questions and answers in Lamjung Yolmo Questions and answers in Lamjung Yolmo. Journal of Pragmatics 101: 31-53. [abstract] [blog summary]
  • 2016 Gawne, L. & H. Ring. Map making for language documentation and description. Language Documentation & Conservation, 10: 188-242. [Open Access PDF] [blog summary]
  •  2015 Gawne, L. The reported speech evidential particle in Lamjung Yolmo. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, 38(2): 292-318. [abstract][pre-publication PDF]
  • 2015 Loakes, D., T. Carr, L. Gawne & G. Wigglesworth. Vowels in Wunambal, A language of the North West Kimberley region. Australian Journal of Linguistics 35(3): 203-231. [abstract]
  • 2015 Gawne, L. Language documentation and division: Bridging the digital divide. Digital Studies. [Open Access HTML] [blog summary]
  • 2014 Evidentiality in Lamjung Yolmo. Journal of the South East Asian Linguistics Society, 7: 76-96. [Open Access PDF]
  • 2014 Gawne, L. & B.F. Kelly. Revisiting ‘significant action and gesture categorisation. Australian Journal of Linguistics 34 (2): 216-233. [Green OA postprint] [Blog summary]
  • 2013 Gawne, L. Report on the relationship between Yolmo and Kagate. Himalayan Linguistic 12(2): 1-27. [Open Access PDF]
  • 2012 San Roque, L., L. Gawne D. Hoenigman, J. C. Miller, S. Spronck, A. Rumsey, A. Carroll & N. Evans. Getting the story straight: Language fieldwork using a narrative problem-solving task. Language Documentation and Conservation 6: 135-174. [Open Access PDF]
  • 2011 Gawne, L. Reported speech in Lamjung Yolmo. Nepalese Linguistics 26: 25-35. [PDF]
  • 2010 Gawne, L. Lamjung Yolmo: a dialect of Yolmo, also known as Helambu Sherpa. Nepalese Linguistics 25: 34-41. [PDF]

Refereed book chapters

  • 2022 Gawne, L. & S. Styles. Situating linguistics in the social science data movement. In A.L. Berez-Kroeker, B. McDonnell, E. Koller & L.B. Collister (Eds), The Open Handbook of Linguistic Data Management, 9-25. MIT Press. [Open Access PDF]
  • 2018 Gawne, L. & A.L. Berez-Kroeker. Reflections on Reproducible Research. In Bradley McDonnell, Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker & Gary Holton (Eds), Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 15, Reflections on Language Documentation 20 Years after Himmelmann 1998, pp. 22–32. [Open Access PDF]
  • 2017 Hill, N. & L. Gawne. The contribution of Tibetan languages to the study of evidentiality. In L. Gawne & N.W. Hill (Eds) Evidential Systems of Tibetan Languages (pp. 1-40). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter.
  • 2017 Gawne, L. Egophoric Evidentiality in Bodish languages. In L. Gawne & N.W. Hill (Eds) Evidential Systems of Tibetan Languages (pp. 61-94). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter.
  • 2016 Gawne, L., G. Wigglesworth, K. Moses & S. Dixon Making the ESL classroom visible: Indigenous Australian children’s early education. In V.A. Murphy & M. Evangelou (Eds) Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages (pp. 111-136). London: British Council. [PDF of whole book]

Refereed conference proceedings

  • 2021 Gawne, L. & J. Daniel. The past and future of hand emoji. Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media (Emoji 2021). [PDF][blog summary]
  • 2019 Gawne, L., R. Stanley & A. Teo. Revisiting Tones in Melamchi Yolmo. In S. Calhoun, P. Escudero, M. Tabain & P. Warren (Eds), Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019, 3280-3284. Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc. [PDF]
  • 2018 McCulloch, G. & L. Gawne. Emoji Grammar as Beat Gestures. In S. Wijeratne, E. Kiciman, H. Saggion & A. Sheth (eds.): Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Emoji Understanding and Applications in Social Media (Emoji2018), Stanford, CA, USA, 25-JUN-2018. [PDF]
  • 2015 Teo, A., L. Gawne and M. Baese-Berk. Tone and intonation: A case study in two Tibetic languages. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Phonetic Sciences. [PDF]
  • 2014 Gawne, L. “Similar languages, different dictionaries: A discussion of the Lamjung Yolmo and Kagate dictionary projects.” In G. Zuckermann, J. Miller & J. Morley (Eds.), Endangered Words, Signs of Revival (pp. 1-11). Adelaide: AustraLex. [PDF]
  • 2014 Bird, S., I. McAlister, K. Gelbart & L. Gawne. “Collecting bilingual audio in remote indigenous villages.” In The 25th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2014) Dublin, Ireland: August 23-29, 2014. [PDF]
  • 2012 Gawne, L., & J. Vaughan “I can haz language play: The construction of language and identity in LOLspeak.” In M. Ponsonnet, L. Dao & M. Bowler (Eds), Proceedings of the 42nd Australian Linguistic Society Conference – 2011 (pp. 97-122). Canberra: Australian National University. [PDF]
  • 2010 Gawne, L., B.F. Kelly & A. Unger “Gesture categorisation and understanding speaker attention to gesture.” In Y. Treis & R. De Busser (Eds), Selected papers from the 2009 conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. Melbourne: La Trobe University. [PDF]


  • 2022 Gawne, L. Review of Repetitions in Gesture by Jana Bressem. The Linguist List. [HTML]
  • 2013 Gawne, L. Sociolinguistic Fieldwork. [Review of the book Sociolinguistic Fieldwork by N. Schilling] Australian Journal of Linguistics 33(3): 393-396.
  • 2012 Gawne, L. & A. Teo. Report on the 7th international conference of the North East Indian Linguistics Society Don Bosco institute, Guwahati, India 31 January – 4 February, 2012. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 35(2): 139-141.
  • 2012 Gawne, L. Review: Integrating gestures: The interdisciplinary nature of gesture. [Review of the book Integrating Gestures: The Interdisciplinary Nature of Gesture, by G. Stam & M. Ishino (eds)] The Linguist List. [HTML]


  • 2013 Gawne, L. Lamjung Yolmo copulas in use: evidentiality, reported speech and questions. PhD thesis, Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne. [Open Access]

Other publications

  • 2017 Berez-Kroeker, A.L., H.N. Andreassen, L. Gawne, G. Holton, S.S. Kung, P. Pulsifer, L.B. Collister, The Data Citation and Attribution in Linguistics Group & the Linguistics Data Interest Group. The Austin Principles of Data Citation in Linguistics (Version 0.1). [online]
  • 2017 Berez-Kroeker, A.L., L. Gawne, B.F. Kelly & T. Heston. A survey of current reproducibility practices in linguistics journals, 2003-2012. [online]
  • 2017 Chouette Films & L.  Gawne. Syuba: Earthquakes. [online]
  • 2017 Chouette Films & L. Gawne. Syuba: Bees. [online]
  • 2017 Ng Xiao Yan (illustrations), L. Gawne & J.M. Kelly (Eds). Stories and Songs from Kagate. [online][blog summary]
  • 2017 Jolene Tan (illustrations), L. Gawne & J.M. Kelly (Eds). Jackal and Pheasant. [online][blog summary]
  • 2015 Bi Jingying (illustrations), L. Gawne & J.M. Kelly (Eds). Yolmo: Art of basket weaving. [online]
  • 2015 Xinling Wang (Shirley) & He Meijie (design), L. Gawne & J.M. Kelly (Eds). Lamjung Yolmo (online dictionary and game).
  • 2011 Gawne, L. Lamjung Yolmo – Nepali – English Dictionary. Melbourne, Custom Book Centre, The University of Melbourne. [PDF]

Language Documentation

My language documentation work focuses on Yolmo and Syuba (formerly known as Kagate), both endangered Tibeto-Burman languages spoken in Nepal. For a list of my academic publications on these languages see the publications and presentations pages of this website. On this page you can find links to the archives of materials I have created.


Collection management

As well as archiving my own materials, I also manage or curate a number of other digital collections:

  • Melamchi Yolmo (AH1) Anne Marie Hari collection of Melamchi Yolmo recordings from the 1970s and 1980s digitised and archived at PARADISEC.
  • Langtang (LAN1) Rebekha Slade and Radka Kvicalova’s collection of Langtang recordings. Includes oral annotations and translations. Archived at PARADISEC.
  • Syuba (MH1) Monika Höhlig’s reel-to-reel tapes and cassettes of Syuba from the 1970s. Includes slide photographs, and some written materials. Digitised and archived at PARADISEC.
  • Syuba (MTC1) Collection of recordings made by the Mother Tongue Centre of Nepal. Includes some written annotations and BOLD oral annotations Archived at PARADISEC.