School of Social Sciences


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A-Z Staff Profiles

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Staff and students are involved in theoretical research and practical projects exploring linguistics.

They have worked in the Pacific Islands and in Aboriginal Australia, producing grammatical descriptions and dictionaries, works concerned with linguistic theory, computer models of language structure and of language learning, and historical, socio-cultural, and education-oriented studies.

Research strengths

  • Language documentation, grammatical description and linguistic typology:
    • Australian Aboriginal languages
    • Pacific languages
    • Northwest Semitic languages
  • Linguistic fieldwork
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Grammaticalisation
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language attitudes
  • Australian English
  • Romance languages
  • Phonetics, phonology, morphology
  • Syntax and semantics
  • Social bilingualism
  • Tense and aspect; semantic change

Research topics