Abigail C. Cohn

Director, Southeast Asia Program
Abigail C. Cohn


Abigail C. Cohn is a professor of linguistics and Southeast Asian studies. Her research interests include the Austronesian languages of Indonesia, with a particular focus on their phonetics, phonology, and morphology.

Recently she has focused on the sociolinguistic situation in Indonesia, as more young people switch from using a local language as their first language to Indonesian.

In 2012-13, she was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at Unika Atma Jaya. Her research project, "Language Contact in Indonesia: Shifts in Usage and their Structural Manifestations," investigated the mutual influences of Sundanese and Indonesian as a case study.

In collaboration with Maya Ravindranath Abtahian and Tom Pepinsky, she is studying the fate of the languages of Indonesia with more than a million speakers, as reported in The International Journal of the Sociology of Language.

Her publications include articles and book chapters in both general linguistics and areal linguistics venues. She is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Laboratory Phonology and co-editor-in-chief of the new online-only journal Linguistics Vanguard, published by de Gruyter Mouton.