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Personal profile


My research centres on the structural effects of language contact. I have been working with speakers of Mudburra (Pama-Nyungan; Ngumpin) since 2016.

Research interests

language contact, change, maintenance, revitalisation, and documentation

Previous positions

I have previously taught in the Linguistics departments at the University of Queensland and the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

I worked as a community linguist at Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre in Port Hedland, Western Australia from 2011-2014.

I worked on the Oral Proficiency Assessment Team at the Centre for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC in 2011.

I served as a research assistant on the Alor and Pantar Languages Project in eastern Indonesia in 2010.

Community engagement

Community engagement is at the heart of my work. I have worked alongside members of multiple language communities--most recently, the Mudburra community--to produce useful language resources requested by community members. I have helped make picture books, posters, charts, videos, and classroom resources. Perhaps most significantly, I also helped create and publish the 2019 Mudburra to English Dictionary--the culmination of nearly five decades of work by many dozens of dedicated people.

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics (Language Documentation and Conservation), M.A., University of Hawai'i at Mānoa


Award Date: 1 May 2010

English, Linguistics, French, B.A. (Hons.), Georgetown University


Award Date: 1 May 2006

Linguistics, PhD (in progress), University of Queensland


Industry keywords

  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Education

Research expertise keywords

  • Language Contact
  • language documentation
  • Language Change
  • language revitalisation


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