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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

LING1002 Language as a Cognitive System

LING1901 Language Learning and the Multilingual World

LING2002 Phonetics and Phonology

LING2003 Language, Culture and Society

LING3003 Historical Linguistics: language history and language change

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.

Research expertise keywords

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

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Research Output

  • 17 Downloads (Pure)

    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
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    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


    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