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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I completed a BA Honours degree in Linguistics and Archaeology at the Australian National University and then moved to the University of Western Australia for my doctoral research in historical linguistics. I have been lecturing in linguistics since 2004, and have held contracts at the Australian National University and the Università degli Studi di Genova, as well as here at the University of Western Australia.

Teaching overview

In 2018:
LING1002 Language as a Cognitive System
LING2002 Phonetics and Phonology
LING2003 Language, Culture and Society
LING3003 Historical Linguistics: language history and language change

Others units:
LING1901 Language Learning and the Multilingual World
LING3002 Linguistic Typology: the diversity of language
LING3006 Topics in Linguistic Theory
LING3007 Linguistics of Australian Indigenous Languages


My research program involves three interrelated strands:
- language change and the reconstruction of language history
- language processing in bilinguals;
- Australian indigenous languages
My research on bilingual processing biases provides novel insights on mechanisms of language change, which linguists rely on when reconstructing language histories from comparative patterns of linguistic similarity and diversity. These insights are of particular relevance to understanding the history of Australian languages since they have evolved in predominantly multilingual contexts.


  • Language Change
  • Bilingualism
  • Language Contact
  • Pama-Nyungan Languages
  • Language Evolution
  • Historical linguistics
  • Language contact
  • Australian Aboriginal languages

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language Social Sciences
divergence Social Sciences
Language Medicine & Life Sciences
monitoring Social Sciences
language change Social Sciences
reconstruction Social Sciences
history of language Social Sciences
linguistics Social Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2017

2 Citations (Scopus)

Language monitoring in bilinguals as a mechanism for rapid lexical divergence

Miceli, L. & Ellison, T. M., Jun 2017, In : Language. 93, 2, p. 255-287 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The Areal Linguistics of Australia

Miceli, L. & Dench, A., 2017, The Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics. Hickey, R. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 732-757 25 p. (Cambridge handbooks in language and linguistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


Miceli, L., 2015, The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics. Bowern, C. & Evans, B. (eds.). UK: Routledge, p. 704-725

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Distinguishing contact-induced change from language drift in genetically related languages

Ellison, M. & Miceli, L., 2012, Proceedings of the EACL 2012 Workshop on Computational Models of Language Acquisition and Loss 2012. USA: Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), Vol. 13. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper



Bowern, C., Evans, B., Koch, G. & Miceli, L., 2008, Morphology and Language History: in honour of Harold Koch. Bowern, C., Evans, B. & Miceli, L. (eds.). Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, Vol. 298. p. 1-11 (Current issues in linguistic theory).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Open Access

Projects 2018 2018

Picture-naming, synonymy and language divergence in bilinguals

Miceli, L., Schiller, N., Escudero, P., Ellison, T. M. & Tuninetti, A.

University of Western Australia


Project: Research