School of Social Sciences

Linguistics

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

The Linguistics Discipline at the University of Western Australia excels in transformative teaching and innovative research. Award-winning teaching coupled with outstanding externally funded scholarship and key international collaborations make UWA Linguistics an exacting place to engage with the scientific study of language. Current staff members focus on Aboriginal and mainstream Australia as well as Romance languages. Their research expertise spans anthropological linguistics, bilingualism, globalization and language change, historical linguistics, language contact, semantics and pragmatics and language variation and change.

Research strengths

  • Anglo-Celtic Australian English
  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Australian Aboriginal English
  • Australian Aboriginal languages
  • Bilingualism and bidialectalism
  • Cognitive processing and language production
  • Creoles
  • Globalisation and language change
  • Grammaticalisation
  • Historical (socio-)linguistics
  • Kriol
  • Language attitudes
  • Language contact
  • Language description
  • Language documentation and preservation
  • Language variation and change
  • Narrative and linguistic expressivity
  • Romance languages
  • Semantics and pragmatics
  • Sociolinguistics

Research topics

  • Anglo-Celtic Australian English: A/Prof. Marie-Eve Ritz; Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro
  • Anthropological linguistics: Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
  • Australian Aboriginal English: Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro
  • Australian Aboriginal languages: A/Prof. Marie-Eve Ritz; Dr Maïa Ponsonnet; Dr John Henderson; Luisa Miceli
  • Bilingualism and bidialectalism: Luisa Miceli; Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro; Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
  • Creoles: Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
  • Cognitive processing and language production: Luisa Miceli
  • Globalisation and language change: Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro
  • Grammaticalisation: Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro
  • Historical (socio-)linguistics: Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro; Luisa Miceli
  • Kriol: Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
  • Language attitudes: Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro; Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
  • Language contact: Dr Maïa Ponsonnet; Luisa Miceli
  • Language description: Dr Maïa Ponsonnet; Dr John Henderson
  • Language documentation and preservation: Dr Maïa Ponsonnet; Dr John Henderson
  • Language variation and change: Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro; Luisa Miceli
  • Narrative and linguistic expressivity: A/Prof. Marie-Eve Ritz; Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro; Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
  • Romance languages: A/Prof. Marie-Eve Ritz; Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro; Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
  • Semantics and pragmatics: A/Prof. Marie-Eve Ritz; Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
  • Sociolinguistics: Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro