Celeste Rodriguez Louro

Dr, Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, DE170100493, MA Ill., PhD Melb.

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 2.46, Social Sciences Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I was born and raised in Argentina. I lived in Costa Rica, the USA, Austria, and Poland before arriving in Australia in 2005 and becoming an Australian citizen in 2012. I completed a BA/Honours in English Language Teaching at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina in May 2001, an MA in Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2004 and a PhD in Linguistics at Melbourne University in December 2009. I am currently an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2018-2022) and a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at The University of Western Australia. I am also Vice-President of the Australian Linguistic Society and an Australian English / Aboriginal English consultant on the Oxford English Dictionary. 

Twitter: @CelesteRLouro


2021 Invited plenary speaker. ‘The soul of language: Discourse-pragmatic variation and change in urban Aboriginal English’. Discourse Pragmatic Variation and Change 5 (DiPVaC 5) University of Melbourne. June 2021, in collaboration with Glenys Collard. https://www.dipvac.org/conference-series.html

2021 Invited plenary speaker. Culturally and Linguistically Different (CaLD) backgrounds women in academia. Organised by Sender Dovchin (Curtin), funded by the WA Department of Communities.

2020 Invited panel member. ‘Outreach is a thing! Bringing linguistics to WA classrooms’. 2020 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, online. 14 & 15 December 2020, online. https://als.asn.au/Conference/LinguisticsinSchoolsPanel 

2020 Panel member. ‘How.to.get.funded’, NEXT GEN panel at the 2020 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, online. 14 & 15 December 2020. With Ilana Mushin, Felicity Meakins, John Mansfield, Maia Ponsonnet and Ruth Singer, online. https://als.asn.au/Conference/Next-Gen

2020 Invited speaker. ‘Linguistics reaching out to communities’. 9 November 2020. University of Birmingham, England.

2020 Invited panel member. ‘Linguists and educators versus the monolingual mindset’. At the Tipping Point: Communication, (Corpus) Linguistics and (Linguistic) Education. International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English Conference (ICAME41). Heidelberg University, Germany, 20-24 May 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVFa6Vdi4y4 

2019 Invited panel member. ‘Real and apparent time’. Language across Time. The 24th International Conference on Historical Linguistics. Australian National University, Canberra. 1-5 July 2019. http://www.dynamicsoflanguage.edu.au/ichl24/language-across-time/panelists/

Roles and responsibilities

Consultant, Oxford English Dictionary, 2022-

Editorial Board Member, Australian Journal of Linguistics, 2022-2027.

Vice-president, Australian Linguistic Society, 2018-2023. https://als.asn.au/AboutALS/Committee

Organiser, 'Decolonisation, inclusion and collaboration in Linguistics'. Special session organised for the 2021 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 6-9 December 2021. With Lesley Woods, Jakelin Troy, Ruth Singer, Felicity Meakins and Alice Gaby.

Organiser, Language Variation and Change, Australia 5 (LVC-A 5). Workshop at the 2021 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. La Trobe University, Melbourne. With Catherine Travis [ANU] & James Walker [La Trobe]). December 2021.

Organiser, first online conference of the Australian Linguistic Society! ALS 2020 Building Bridges. https://als.asn.au/Conference/Conference2020, with Rob Mailhammer (Western Sydney University) and Gerry Docherty (Griffith University), December 2020.

Organiser, Understanding Language: a professional development day for primary and secondary school teachers, in collaboration with WA Department of Education and UWA Linguistics. UWA Perth Campus, 28 September 2019, 28 November 2020, 19 February 2022.

Organiser, Language Variation and Change Australia 4 (LVC-A 4), Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (with Catherine Travis [ANU] & James Walker [La Trobe]), December 2019.

Organiser, Language Variation and Change Australia 3 (LVC-A 3), University of Sydney, Australia (with Catherine Travis [ANU] & James Walker [La Trobe]), December 2017.

Organiser, Language Variation and Change Australia 2 (LVC-A 2), University of Western Sydney, Australia (with Catherine Travis [ANU] & Adam Schembri [Birmingham]), December 2015.

Organiser, Language Variation and Change Australia 1 (LVC-A 1), La Trobe University City Campus, Melbourne, (with Catherine Travis [ANU] & Adam Schembri [La Trobe]), July 26 2013.

Australian Speech Corpus, Associate Member

I am a NAATI accredited English-Spanish translator (NAATI accreditation ASCO 2529-15) and holds an Acreditación de examinadores DELE: Niveles B1 y B2 from Instituto Cervantes in Sydney

Funding overview

Australian Research Council (ARC), Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA). Aboriginal English in the global city: Do minorities participate in surrounding language change?; DE170100493; 17% success rate; $350,000, 2018-2022


Language Data Commons of Australia, ARDC, Australian Data Partnerships 2020, with Michael Haugh (lead); partners: S. Musgrave, C. Travis, N. Thieberger, L. Holcombe, A. Lissarrague, D. Angus, M. Bednarek, F. Cox, J. Simpson, N. Evans, F. Baisden, B. Foley, A. Harvey, J. Troy, J. Rose, K. Brass, R. Dale, A. Bell, F.de Jong, A. Witt, . $525,000, 2021-2022.

Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) Research Grant. Yarning and language change. In collaboration with Glenys Collard, $4,935, 2019.

Australian Linguistic Society (ALS). Indigenous Conference Attendance Support for attendance at 2019 Conference of the ALS by Glenys Collard, $750, 2019.

UWA, School of Social Sciences, Equipment purchase grant, $5,000, 2019


UWA, School of Social Sciences, Staff Travel Grant, $1,000; 2015, 2016

UWA, 2015 Research Collaboration Award; research grant for project entitled “The voices in the stories: Quotation in Aboriginal English oral narratives” in collaboration with Farzad Sharifian (Monash University), $14,542; 2014

Perth Convention Bureau, 2013 Aspire University Professional Development Award, $5000; 2013

Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2013 Publication Subsidy Award, $2,000; 2013

UWA, 2013 Research Collaboration Award; research grant for project entitled “Narratives from the past: Quotation across time in Australian, Canadian and New Zealand English” in collaboration with Alexandra D’Arcy (University of Victoria, Canada) and Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto), $17,500; 2012

UWA, Supplementary Travel Grant; $750; 2012

UWA, 2012 Research Development Awards; research grant for project entitled “A sociolinguistic study of syntactic variation and change in Australian English”, $35,348; 2011

Programme for Cultural Cooperation between the Ministry of Culture of Spain and the Australian National University (ANU), research and conference grant for project entitled “Global, sexy and fun: Attitudes to Spanish language learning by Australian university students”; $3000; 2011

UWA, School of Humanities, Staff Research Travel Grant, $2,000; 2011

UWA, Supplementary Travel Grant; $750; 2011

UM (University of Melbourne), Grants-in-Aid, “Exploiting bilingualism: The Melbourne Language Exchange Group”; $1,896; 2010 (Declined)

ARC Network in Human Communication Science, HCSNet WinterFest Scholarship, $1,200; 2010

Australian Federal Government, Department of Education, Science and Training: International Fee Remission Scholarship; full tuition fee coverage for duration of course and annual Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC); $22,400 p.a.; 2005–2009

La Trobe University, Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, registration fee waiver, 2009

UM, Scholarships office and School of Languages and Linguistics: Melbourne International Research Scholarship; $19,425 p.a.; 2005–2008

UM, Faculty of Arts: Lillian Ernestine Lobb Scholarship, one scholarship awarded annually to a female postgraduate with excellent academic records (on the recommendation of the Dean of the Arts Faculty), $12,000; 2008

UM, School of Languages and Linguistics: Matching funding support, $600; 2008.

UM, Faculty of Arts: Travel for research in postgraduate study, $1,350; 2008.

UM, School of Languages and Linguistics: Conference attendance support scheme, $500; 2007

UM, Faculty of Arts: PhD Fieldwork Support Scheme, $3,900; 2006

UM, School of Languages: Conference attendance support scheme, $750; 2006

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese: Full tuition, partial fee waiver (USD 21,714 p.a.) and teaching assistantship; 2002–2004

Previous positions

Celeste has held teaching/research positions at the following institutions of higher learning:

Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina
Mar del Plata Community College, Argentina
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
University of Melbourne, Australia
RMIT University, Australia
La Trobe University, Australia
University of New England, Australia


Teaching overview

I am an award-winning teacher. I have been nominated 17 times in 2011-2021. My most recent awards include two UWA Arts Teaching Excellence Awards, 2014 and 2017 and a 2021 Social Sciences Teaching Award for our team teaching at UWA Linguistics. My teaching schedule at UWA has been as follows.


I will be a DECRA Fellow in this period (reduced teaching duties).


LING2008 How Language Shapes Society (2nd year; co-taught with Luisa Miceli and Maia Ponsonnet)


LING4103 Methods in Linguistic Research (4th year/Honours)




Semester 1 only (on maternity leave from August 2017)

LING1001 Language and Communication (1st year)
LING3003 Historical Linguistics: Language History and Language Change (3rd year)


LING1001 Language and Communication (1st year)
LING1901 Language Learning and the Multilingual World (Broadening)
LING2003 Language, Culture and Society (2nd year)
LING3003 Historical Linguistics: Language History and Language Change (3rd year)
LING3006 Topics in Linguistic Theory (3rd year)
LING4103 Methods in Sociolinguistics: Time (4th year/Honours)


LING1901 Language Learning and the Multilingual World (Broadening)
LING2003 Language, Culture and Society (2nd year)
LING4103 Methods in Sociolinguistics: Time (4th year/Honours)
LING4104 Advanced Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics (co-taught with John Henderson and Sophie Richard)

[On study leave in Semester 1]




LING4103 Methods in Sociolinguistics: Social class (4th year/Honours)
LING3003 Historical Linguistics: Language History and Language Change (3rd year)
LING2003 Language, Culture and Society (2nd year)
LING1901 Communication across Cultures and Languages (Broadening)
LING1002 Language as a Cognitive System (1st year)
LING1001 Language and Communication (1st year)


LING3002 Typology: The Diversity of Languages (3rd year) (co-taught with Luisa Miceli)
LING2003 Language, Culture and Society (2nd year)
LING1901 Communication across Cultures and Languages (Broadening)


LING3312 Linguistic Field Methods: Methods in Sociolinguistics (3rd year)
LING1103 Language, Culture and Society (1st year)


Lucia Fraiese. 2022-2025. Topic and supervision team TBC.

Madeleine Clews. 2021-2024. Linguistic ecologies of earlier WA. (Co-supervised with Luisa Miceli and Kate Burridge [Monash University]).

Troy Reynolds. 2020-2023. Variation and change in prosodic features of Australian Aboriginal English. (Co-supervised with Maia Ponsonnet, Marie-Eve Ritz and Debbie Loakes [Melbourne University]).

Connor Brown. 2019-2022. Diachronic perspectives on the semantics of temporal systems in Kununurra Kriol. (Co-supervised with Marie-Eve Ritz and Maia Ponsonnet). 

Sophie Richard. 2018. Tense/aspect variation and the Present Perfect in Australian English narratives: Sociolinguistic constraints and discourse-pragmatic functions. Now a permanent Lecturer at the University of Tours, France.


Lucia Fraiese. That’s the way we do it, unna: Utterance-final tags in Aboriginal English and Australian English, 2021. [First class honours].

Madeleine Clews. Mining the archives: A study of the diachrony of quotation in Australian Aboriginal English, 2020. [First class honours].

Gemma Lorisso. Zooming with the cousins: Narrative structure and quotation across generations of Australian English speech, 2020. [First class honours].

Daniel Ortlepp. I have seen xem: Queerness and online pronominal innovation in English, 2016. [First class honours].

Sana Bharadwaj. Ethnic orientation and language use: Expressing opinions in Australian and Indian English, 2013. [First class honours].

Rachael Howard. 'Story gets better’: Performed narratives and quotatives across social classes in Australian English speech, 2012. [First class honours].

Chelsea Hayes. American girls and Aussie guys? Attitudes to BE LIKE and GO in Australian English, 2012. [First class honours].

Harry Midalia. The social evaluation of epistemic RECKON: Speaker attitudes and social constraints, 2011 [First class honours].

Caroline Dixon. I was like, 'Definitely Aussie'. BE LIKE and other quotatives across generations in Australian English, 2011


Heba Bou Orm, Language and Ethnicity: Epistemic marking in Australian English and the Lebanese identity. Master of General and Applied Linguistics (Advanced). Supervised by Catherine Travis. The Australian National University, Australia, 2022.

Soledad Álvarez, Los pasados perfectos y la textualidad en el siglo XIX en el español del Uruguay [Past perfects and discourse in Uruguayan Spanish in the 19th century]. Supervised by Carlos Henderson. Master’s thesis, Universidad de la República, Uruguay, 2021.

Alexandra Birchfield. 'All the people who live in Auckland': A study of subject and non-subject relative clauses in Auckland English. Supervised by Miriam Meyerhoff. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 2019.

Susanne Hüber. Acquiring a variable system: The English quotative system and be like in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context. University of Graz and UWA, 2016.


I have a list of prospective topics that strongly relate to my current research and that can draw on existing corpora (e.g. Rodríguez Louro, 2010-2021). As such, they offer many possibilities for joint publications once the thesis is completed. I am happy to meet up and discuss these further or to explore other topics of interest. My supervisory experience has taught me that the best way is to work on something your supervisor is knowledgeable about so you can get the right mentoring and learn by watching and emulating. Writing an Honours thesis – or any thesis for that matter – presenting at conferences and publishing your work is the best way to cement public speaking, writing and analytical skills, whether you stay in academia or take up a position elsewhere.

With me, you will learn the theoretical underpinnings of the field of (historical) sociolinguistics, dialectology and language variation and change. You will learn how to design a participant sample that is representative of the community you’re interested in. You will learn how to manage, extract, code, analyse, interpret and statistically model data to offer empirical validation for your claims. You will reflect on the data collection process and on the importance of sustainable, participatory models. You will receive ample feedback on your writing and I will expect you to re-write quite a lot, until your drafts are high quality. 

I have received numerous nominations for my supervision. Students have praised the efficiency with which I work (fast turnaround on drafts and emails), my knowledge of the field, my encouragement to attend workshops and conferences where work might be presented to others, my support, enthusiasm and inspiration. I have co-authored conference papers and chapters/journal articles with my students (e.g. Richard & Rodríguez Louro, 2016; Rodríguez Louro & Harris, 2013; Rodríguez Louro, Richard, & Bharadwaj, 2020; Clews, Rodríguez Louro and Collard 2022) and have motivated them to continue their education at UWA and beyond. I have won three Faculty Teaching Awards (2014, 2017 and 2020) and a 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Investigators Award. In addition to various generous, internally funded grants (2012, 2013 and 2015), I currently hold an Australian Research Council DECRA fellowship for the period 2018-2022 (16% success rate in 2016 when the grant was awarded). This project examines language variation and change in Australian Aboriginal English and I am working with Nyungar scholar Glenys Collard. I have organised innovative academic events, including panels, workshops and the 2020 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society which took place online for the first time ever. I am Vice-president of the Australian Linguistic Society and an official consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary. I am also a member of the Editorial Board for the Australian Journal of Linguistics. I review regularly for the Australian Research Council as well as flagship conferences, including New Ways of Analizing Variation, and top-tier publishers such as Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.

Don't hesitate to get in touch! My email is celeste.rodriguezlouro@uwa.edu.au


Grammaticalisation; morpho-syntactic and discourse-pragmatic variation and change; quotation; epistemic verbs; preterit/present perfect; temporal reference; tense variation; narrative; variationist sociolinguistics; historical sociolinguistics; Australian Aboriginal Englishes; Anglo-Celtic Australian English; Argentinian Spanish; Latin American Spanish.

Decolonisation / collaboration / inclusion; leadership; sustainability.


Argentinian Spanish (native speaker)
English (near-native)
Polish (good)
Portuguese (fair)

Industry keywords

  • Children and Young People
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Health
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Ageing

Research expertise keywords

  • Language And Society
  • Language Change
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Australian Aboriginal Englishes
  • Language Contact
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Anglo-Celtic Australian English
  • Argentinian Spanish
  • Latin American Spanish
  • Grammaticalisation
  • Tense and aspect
  • Quotative verbs
  • Epistemicity and evidentiality
  • Language attitudes
  • First and second language acquisition
  • Discourse-pragmatic variation and change
  • Narrative


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