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Research interests

My research interests include semantics (tense, aspect, modality, aktionsart, adverbials) discourse-pragmatics (reference, anaphora, discourse cohesion, ambiguity), language change and variation (grammaticalization, generational change, dialectology), and language contact (contact varieties, language shift). 

Current projects

Diachronic perspectives on the temporal semantics of Kununurra Kriol (PhD Project)

My PhD research deals with the intersection of semantics, pragmatics and language contact in the temporal domain of Kununurra Kriol, a previously undescribed variety of Northern Australian Kriol. The project will account for the temporal semantics of this variety by utilising formalised theories of meaning and will additionally investigate how the encoding of temporal categories has evolved over time.

Subject Ellipsis in Barunga Kriol (with Maia Ponsonnet, UWA)

This project examines the fuction of subject ellipsis in the Barunga variety of Northern Australian Kriol. The project considers how elided reference can be achieved through both syntactic and discourse-pragmatic means, demonstrating the complex interaction of superstrate and substrate features in Kriol discourse organisation.

Reciprocity and Reflexivity in Light Warlpiri (with Carmel O'Shannessy, ANU)

This project considers whether mixed languages can have more than the commonly assumed two sources of linguistic input. Light Warlpiri, a mixed language spoken in the Northern Territory, Australia presents evidence for three linguistic sources in its reciprocal and reflexive paradigm. A description of this paradigm is provided, along with evidence for English, along with Kriol, and Warlpiri, being one of Light Warlpiri's source languages.


Australian English (native speaker)

Kriol (competent)

Education/Academic qualification

BA (Hons), The University of Western Australia

External positions

Australian Linguistics Society Social Media Assistant

Sep 2019 → …


  • Language Contact
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Grammaticalisation
  • Tense and aspect
  • Language Change
  • Creoles
  • Mixed Languages
  • Modality
  • Discourse