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Ms Chintana Sandilands

Phone: 6125 4659

Research interests: Thai language

Dr Gabriele Schmidt

Phone: 6125 2785

Research interests: Language Teaching and Learning in Higher Education; Curriculum Development; Languages for Specific Purposes.

Dr Paul Sidwell

Phone: 0438 626621

Research interests: Austroasiatic (Mon-Khmer) languages: comparative and descriptive, Southeast Asian (pre)history, language contact, phonetics, phonology, forensic linguistics, history of linguistics.

Professor Jane Simpson

Phone: 6125 7427

Research interests:

Dr McComas Taylor

Phone: 6125 3179

Research interests: The construction of truth in the Sanskritic episteme, the ideas of social division in Sanskrit narrative literature.

Professor Catherine Travis

Phone: 6125 0634

Research interests: Catherine Travis took up the position of Chair of Modern European Languages in the School of Language Studies in 2012. She came from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA, where she worked for 10 years, for five as head of the Hispanic Linguistics program in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Asian Studies with First Class Honors in Linguistics and Japanese from the ANU, and a PhD in Linguistics and Catherine’s primary research area is the way in which grammar emerges through discourse, which she investigates through the study of grammatical variation in spontaneous speech. She is a specialist in Spanish, and has also worked on Portuguese, Japanese and English. She has major research projects on the variation in ways speakers use language, both at home and in the diaspora, and what this tells us about the social and cultural meanings of language use. With the rapid growth of Spanish immigration to Australia, research in this area has significant policy and educational implications which extend to other immigrant groups.

Ms Yan-yan Wang

Phone: 6125 0580

Research interests: Teaching Chinese as a second language.

Mr Yogendra Yadav

Phone: 6125 8594

Research interests: Hindi and Urdu language and literature.

Dr Zhengdao Ye

Phone: 6125 2887

Research interests: General linguistic issues pertaining to meaning, culture and human cognition and their implications for human communication, including the practice of translation; semantics; pragmatics; lexicology; translation and stylistics; translatability; intercultural communication and its education; the language of emotion; emotion and bilingualism; psychological anthropology; Chinese linguistics; Chinese literature; life writing.

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