Associate Professor Alexander Robertson Coupe

Address: School of Humanities
Nanyang Technological University
HSS Building Level 3 Room 56,
14 Nanyang Drive
Singapore 237332
Phone: +65 6592 1567 (office)
Fax:  +65 6795 6525
Work e-mail: arcoupe@ntu.edu.sg
Web page: https://nanyang.academia.edu/AlexanderCoupe
ORCID ID: orchid.org/0000-0003-1979-2370


Academic qualifications

2004 PhD, Linguistics Program, La Trobe University
Dissertation: The Mongsen Dialect of Ao: a language of Nagaland
Supervisor: Prof. David Bradley
(revised and published as Coupe 2007a)
1999 MA by research, Department of Linguistics, The Australian National University
Thesis: A Phonetic and Phonological Description of Ao: a language of Nagaland, north-east India
Supervisor: Dr. Phillip Rose
(revised and published as Coupe 2003)
1995 B. Asian Studies (Thai) (Hons), National Thai Studies Centre and Department of
Linguistics, The Australian National University
Thesis: Transitivity Relations in Thai
Supervisors: Dr. Anthony V.N. Diller and Dr. Ulrike Mosel




  • Focus on documentation and typology of minority languages of South Asia/Southeast Asia: including grammars, dictionaries and collections of linguistically annotated texts.
  • Awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers 2016–2018, affiliated to the University of Cologne.
  • PI of a total of SGD $697,901 in research grant funding since joining NTU in 2009, including a 2012 Singapore Ministry of Education AcRF Tier 2 grant and a 2016 Tier 1 grant.
  • Co-PI of a Tier 2 grant awarded in 2013.
  • PI of a total of AUD $303,668 in competitive research grant funding for the period 2004-2009.


  • Two single-authored books.
  • Two special issues (as editor and co-editor) of leading linguistics journals.
  • Four research articles and chapters published/accepted for publication in the last year.
  • Growing citation counts of books and papers demonstrating increasing international recognition and impact on the field.


  • Successful PhD supervision of two students in Linguistics & Multilingual Studies, (2015 and 2018); current supervision of one MA by research; supervisor of 19 completed Honours theses.
  • Very active record of teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Very good/excellent student evaluations and feedback.
  • Division of Linguistics & Multilingual Studies’ nomination for teaching award in 2011.


  • Member of NTU’s Institutional Review Board.
  • Solid record of service in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, including serving as chair of hiring and reappointment committees and other important portfolios, and membership of management and curriculum committees at the Programme level.
  • Excellent record of service to the profession internationally – chair of two international conferences, one workshop, and a regular reviewer for top-ranked journals.
  • Editorship of an international linguistics journal (Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area) published by John Benjamins 2012–2017.
  • Regular assessor of grant applications for the National Science Foundation (USA), The Endangered Languages Documentation Project (UK), the Swiss National Science Foundation, and recently, the Research Grants Council (HK).