Lucia Fraiese

Lucia Fraiese

Ms, Doctor of Philosophy Student

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I grew up in Argentina, where I lived most of my life until I completed my undergraduate studies. I come from an Applied Linguistics and teaching background. My Bachelor's is in English Language Teaching and Linguistics, and I have also completed the CELTA (University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) - PASS A. In 2016-2017 I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and lived, worked and studied at Pacific University in Oregon, USA.

In 2021 I successfully completed a Higher Degree by Research Preliminary Course at The University of Western Australia. My research project focused on Discourse-pragmatic variation and change in Australian Aboriginal English.

​I am a funded international PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Western Australia. My research explores how First Nations teens use language to create, contest, and maintain bonds in the boarding school. I am interested in how individuals form social styles and social identities through language.

Research experience

I have gained experience in Linguistic research through employment as a Research Assistant in Dr Celeste Rodríguez Louro's Australian Research Council DECRA fellowship project 'Aboriginal English in the Global City: Minorities and language change' in early 2022. I have also worked alongside Dr Maïa Ponsonnet as her Research Assistant on her researc on interjections and emotions in December 2020 – January 2021. 

I have also engaged in research projects in the capacity of Undergraduate intern Student Assistant in Phonetics, Phonology and Laboratory Practice at ISP “Dr Joaquín V. González” under the supervision of Francisco Zabala and Dr Marina N. Cantarutti in the period 2011-2014. I participated in five research projects, which were later presented at conferences (see below).

-  Fraiese, Lucía; Smith, Cinthia; Zabala, Francisco; Álvarez, Alfredo (August, 31st and Septiembre, 1st, 2012) ‘The River Plate Spanish Influence in the Acquisition of Yes-No Questions in English.’ Presented at the 2nd Phonetics and Didactics International Conference at San Martín National University, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

-  Fraiese, Lucía; Zabala, Francisco (September, 29th, 2012) ‘Phonetics and Listening Comprehension: Friends or Foes?’ Presented at EDAPI Conference 2012 at ISP ‘Dr. Joaquín V. González,’ Buenos Aires, Argentina.

-  Cantarutti, Marina N.; Fraiese, Lucía; Baigorrí, Lucía (Septiembre, 28th, 2012) Poster presentation: ‘Lab Menágerie – Love Monkey.’ Presented at EDAPI Conference 2012 at ISP ‘Dr. Joaquín V. González,’ Buenos Aires, Argentina.

-  Fraiese, Lucía; Zabala, Francisco (October, 2th, 2011) ‘Two or chew? Spanish Interference in our Learners’ Pronunciation of English.’ Presented at EDAPI Conference 2011 at ISP ‘Dr. Joaquín V. González,’ Buenos Aires, Argentina.

-  Fraiese, Lucía; Zabala, Francisco; Alvarez, Alfredo (September, 19th and 20th, 2011) Allophonic variants of the voiceless palato-alveolar affricate in River Plate Spanish. Presented at the 2nd Phonetics and Phonology International Conference at Facultad de Lenguas, UNC, Córdoba, Argentina.


Teaching experience

I have worked as a tutor, teacher assistant and marking assistant for various institutions in Argentina, Australia and the USA. Some of these positions include:

-  Marking Assistant for LING2008 and SPAN 1401 in 2021, and for LING2003 in 2020 at The University of Western Australia

-  English teacher to international students at Kaplan International Languages from February 2019 to June 2020, Perth, WA.

-  Phonology lecturer at ENS Lenguas Vivas ‘Sofía Broquen de Spangenberg’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018.

-  Phonetics tutor and Teaching Assistant at ISP “Dr. Joaquín V. González” in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2017 to 2018.

-  Spanish Language Teaching Assistant at Pacific University, Oregon, USA, from 2016 to 2017

-  Suprasegmental Phonetics and Phonology lecturer at Centro Académico de Formación en Idiomas in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2015 to 2016. This institution is no longer operational.

- English language teacher at various Secondary schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2012 to 2018.


Current roles and responsibilities 

For the past two years, I have worked for the University of Western Australia as a Marking Assistant and Research Assistant for the department of Linguistics. I have also worked for the Australian Linguistic Society providing administrative help for the ALS Online Conference 2020 and managing social media. I am the Social Sciences Higher Degree by Research Student Representative at the Board of Graduate Research.

Research expertise keywords

  • Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Teen Speech
  • Australian Aboriginal English
  • Discourse-pragmatic variation and change
  • Phonetics and phonology


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