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John Kinder

Associate Professor, MA PhD Well., FAHA

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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1984 …2019
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Personal profile

Previous positions

Victoria University of Wellington
James Cook University of North Queensland
Flinders University of South Australia

Current projects

I am writing the biography of Raffaele Martelli, who lived in Western Australia from 1853 to 1880.

I am working on a new project to document the experience of European missionaries in Australia, through study of their own private writings. This project will collect and analyse documents in English, French, German, Italian, Latin and Spanish. It includes collaborators from the United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand and Italy. One objective is to create a Digital Missionary Archive and to explore the automated transcription of manuscript documents.

Teaching overview


Last five years (principal supervisor only)

Federica Verdina, The correspondence in Italian of Rosendo Salvado, the Spanish founder of New Norcia, WA. A corpus-based linguistic analysis on Italian as lingua franca in the 19th century (2017)

Rebekah Sturniolo-Baker, Native and Non-native Speaking teachers of Italian: an exploration of differences in students' and teachers' perceptions (2015)

Anna Gadd, Australia translated: a source-oriented translation of Elizabeth Jolley’s Mr Scobie’s Riddle (2015)

Alessia Dipalma, The migrant Self: construction and negotiation of identities in the linguistic practices of new Italian migrants in Western Australia (2015)

Simon Tebbit, Metaphor in Biblical translation: a study of the translation of metaphorical concepts in the Fourth Gospel in modern Italian Bibles (2013)

Rocco Loiacono, Legal terms as proper names: the translation of culturally specific legal terms in bilateral agreements between Australia and Italy (2013)

Current supervisions

Francesco De Toni, The expression of friendship in the Italian-language correspondence of Rosendo Salvado

Marianna Piantavigna, The Italian-language press in Australia 1885-2000: constructing and communicating identity

Lawrence Rhoads, Textuality and emotion in the letters of Italian internees in Australia 1940-1943


John Kinder is Professor of Italian Studies. His PhD was a study of bilingual conversation among Italian migrants in New Zealand and his early research work focussed on recent Italian migration to Australia and New Zealand. He then published a grammar of the Italian language and a multimedia history of the Italian language. He is now studying the presence of Italian as a language of communication in Australia before the mass migration of the 1950s. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Corresponding Member of the Accademia della Crusca.


  • Italian Language
  • Australian Languages
  • Communication Networks
  • Italian linguistics
  • Italian language and dialects
  • Italian language in Western Australia from 1850 to present

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Research Output 1984 2019

Adaptive and mobile learning for language education at university: an analysis of students’ experience in Italian language beginner classes, with some recommendations

De Toni, F., Verdina, F., Caruso, M. & Kinder, J. J., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Intersections: collaboration and the future for languages and cultures: proceedings of the 4th Biennial Colloquium of LCNAU (Adelaide, 27-29 November 2017). Australia: University of Adelaide Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper


'A Most Useful Contribution to Science'

Davidson, L. & Kinder, J. J., 2016, In : New Norcia Studies. 23, p. 62-74 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Projects 1996 2018