• The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M429), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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.), The Dada Art Movement in Painting and Film, Georgetown University


Award Date: 1 May 2006

Linguistics, PhD (in progress), Paradigm Shift: A Theoretical and Descriptive Study of Mudburra-Kriol Contact (working title), 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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