SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Eleanor Ridge


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Eleanor Ridge
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Variation in Vatlongos verbal morphosyntax: speaker communities in Southeast Ambrym and Mele Maat [WORKING TITLE]
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Eleanor took a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford (2007-2010). After teaching English for two years in Vanuatu, China and the UK, Eleanor returned to Oxford to complete an MSt in Linguistics including fieldwork on cut and break events in Abma, a language of Vanuatu. She began her PhD at SOAS in 2013 with AHRC funding. Her PhD will examine Southeast Ambrym, an Oceanic language spoken in Vanuatu, with a particular focus on semantic variation in how the language is spoken in rural and urban communities.


  • ‘Serial verb constructions in Abma: data from Cut and Break events’, 24-25 May 2013, Sixth Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics conference, SOAS.