Steven Bird is researching new methods for documenting and revitalising the thousands of small languages still spoken in the world today. His career began with a BSc and MSc in computer science at Melbourne University, followed by a PhD in computational linguistics from Edinburgh University. He has held academic appointments at the Universities of Edinburgh, Pennsylvania, Melbourne, and Berkeley, and conducted fieldwork in Australia, West Africa, Melanesia, Amazonia, and Central Asia. He is a research professor in the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society at CDU, and he divides his time between Darwin and a remote community of 50 speakers of the Kunwinjku language.