Connor Brown
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My research focuses on meaning in language, particularly within the context of language contact and change, drawing on descriptive, functional and formal perspectives.

I am especially interested in the semantics and pragmatics of contact languages, and what research within these domains can tell us about how meaning is transferred, retained, lost or innovated in language contact situations. I am also interested in semantic and pragmatic change and variation in and across languages more generally.

I also have an interest in the sociolinguistics and description of contact languages, as well as their histories and contemporary ecologies, especially in Australia.  

I have experience working with a number of Australian contact varieties, including eastern and western varieties of Northern Australian Kriol, and the mixed language Light Warlpiri. 

Research interests

Discourse, pragmatics, semantics, morpho-syntax and their various interfaces.
Language variation, change and contact; grammaticalization.
Contact languages, particularly in Australia.
Language in education.

Current projects

PhD Project: Aspect and event structure in Kununurra Kriol

My PhD research centres around linguistic resources involved in the expression of aspect in a variety of Northern Australian Kriol. The project aims to provide a detailed account of these forms, both at the level of semantics and discourse-pragmatics, drawing on formal methodologies.



Northern Australian Kriol 

Scottish Gaelic

Education/Academic qualification

BA (Hons), The University of Western Australia

External positions

Australian Linguistic Society Social Media Assistant


Research expertise keywords

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


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