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Dr I Wayan Arka

Phone: +61 2 6125 2278

Research interests: Austronesian and Papuan languages of Eastern Indonesia, language typology, syntactic theory, language documentation.

Dr Thai Bao

Phone: 6125 3440

Research interests: Second-language acquisition, contrastive linguistics, cross-cultural negotiation, and issues of economic development.

Dr Ruth Barraclough

Phone: 6125 3438

Research interests: Korean language

Dr Duncan Campbell

Phone: 6125 8233

Research interests: classical Chinese language, literary translation, letter writing and diaries, travel writing, aspects of print culture, libraries, biographical and autobiographical writing

Dr Piera Caroli

Phone: 6125 2833

Research interests: The role of literary texts in second language teaching and learning, intercultural pedagogy and contemporary Italian narrative

Mr William Che

Phone: 6125 0876

Research interests: Cantonese language

Professor Hyaeweol Choi

Phone: 6125 6476

Research interests: Korean language; film

Professor Robert Cribb

Phone: 61254247

Research interests: Indonesian history; Dutch sources materials for historical research

Dr Manuel Delicado Cantero

Phone: 6125 2833

Research interests: Spanish syntax, formal syntax, historical linguistics, historical syntax, Spanish historical syntax, language change and variation, dialect syntax, bilingualism and code-switching. Current research projects: -Prepositions and finite clauses -The combination of determiners and finite CPs -Adjectives in code-switching -Focus marking in Caribbean Spanish -Binominal constructions in Spanish -Dialect syntax

Dr Mark Donohue

Phone: 6125 3147

Research interests: Austronesian languages, Papuan languages, morphosyntax, phonology, historical and areal linguistics, linguistic typology. Current projects: the social history of Island Southeast Asia and Melanesia, as revealed through areal linguistic research; ongoing fieldwork on Austronesian and Papuan languages of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (focussing on Tukang Besi, Palu'e, Ambai [Austronesian], Skou, Damal, One [Papuan])

Professor Nicholas Evans

Phone: 6125 0028

Research interests: Linguistic diversity and its implications for general linguistic theory, the grammar of psychosocial cognition, grammatical and semantic typology, historical linguistics, contact and areal linguistics, the effects of culture on the emergence of language structure, the pragmatics/semantics interface, and the use of linguistic evidence in native title claims. Specific language interests include Kayardild, Bininj Gun-wok (Mayali), Dalabon, Iwaidja, Ilgar, Marrku, Golin, Nen, and Mundari.

Dr Bethwyn Evans

Phone: +61 2 6125 0300

Research interests: Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics), Language In Time And Space (Incl. Historical Linguistics, Dialectology, Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics), Pacific Languages

Dr Shengyu Fan


Research interests: Chinese Translation

Dr Alex Francois

Phone: 6125 1664

Research interests: phonological systems and sound change; typology of polysemy and lexical semantics; pragmatics of face-to-face conversation; historical linguistics; language geography and areal phenomena; verbal art, folkloristics, ethnomusicology

Dr Peter Friedlander


Research interests: Hindi-Urdu, language, literature, media studies, history, pedagogy Religion and society, Hinduism, Dalit Studies, Buddhist Studies

Dr Mark Gibeau

Phone: 6125 8232

Research interests: Japanese literature, literary translation, translation theory

Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva


Research interests: Ksenia’s main linguistic interest lies at the intersection of sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. Her current work focuses on sociolinguistic variation in bilingual speakers in production and perception.

Dr Simon Greenhill

Phone: +61 2 6125 2161

Research interests: Language Evolution, Cultural Evolution, Human Prehistory

Dr Timothy Hassall

Phone: 6125 3184

Research interests: The acquisition of second language pragmatics.

Dr Peter Hendriks

Phone: 6125 3206

Research interests: The history of Japanese language, the history of Japanese dialects, historical syntax and morphology, and acquisition of Japanese as a second language.

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