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Personal profile


I am a linguist, working across the areas of language and society, language evolution, and language and emotion.

I completed a PhD at The University of Western Australia, with a thesis in Italian and Spanish historical linguistics. My PhD project investigated the role of language in maintaining personal and political friendship networks through letter writing in colonial Australia.

After working for a period of time in the Western Australian Department of Health, I am currently leading a project in health communication (HEAL'D – Health Emotions in Australia: Language and Discourse), in collaboration with researchers in the School of Humanities, the Medical School, the School of Allied Health and the School of Linguistics at UWA. Combining both corpus-based methods and qualitative studies, the project investigates the role of emotions in health-related communication in Australia, with the objective of improving the quality of health care, the well-being of Australia’s diverse communities, and the training of health care professionals.

I am also a recipient of a European Union's Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowhsip at Stockholm University (expected to commence in 2022). My project at Stockholm University (ELICIT – Emotion Language in Italian: Change in Texts and time) will explore large-scale evolution in emotion language in Italian through corpus-based and machine-learning methods, exploring the interaction of linguistic and social factors in language change.

Research interests

Pragmatics, language and health, language and emotion, language and religion, language evolution, computational linguistics.

Current projects

HEAL'D – Health Emotions in Australia: Language and Discourse (Forrest Prospect Fellowship, UWA)

Future research

ELICIT – Emotion Language in Italian: Change in Texts and time (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship, Stockholm University)

Teaching overview

Courses that I have taught at UWA.

ITAL1401 - Italian Studies 1, 2015.
ITAL1402 - Italian Studies 2, 2017.
ITAL1403 - Italian Studies 3, 2016.
ITAL1404 - Italian Studies 4, 2015.
ITAL3813 - Linguistic History of Italy, 2017.


Current languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Hindi

Old languages: Latin

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 25 Jul 2019

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Award Date: 11 Dec 2013

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Award Date: 12 Dec 2011

Research expertise keywords

  • Pragmatics
  • Semantic change
  • Language And Society
  • Historical linguistics
  • Language Evolution
  • Emotion
  • Emotions in history
  • Public health


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