Researcher biography

I am a linguist whose research interests include: interactions between discourse, cognition and grammar, pragmatics, perspective-taking in discourse, Conversation Analysis, typology, narrative structure, language shift and language maintenance, Australian First Nations Languages.

I am currently a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project 'Conversational interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia' (CIARA -

Author of:

  • Articles on interactions between discourse and grammar in Garrwa and other Australian First Nations Languages, including A Grammar of (Western) Garrwa. Mouton De Gruyter. 2012
  • Publications on epistemics and evidential pragmatics, including Evidentiality and Epistemological Stance: Narrative Retelling. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 2001
  • Publications on Aboriginal English in Queensland Aboriginal Communities
  • Publications on classroom interaction in Early Years and First Nations schooling.

Editor of:

  • Interactional Linguistics (Journal co-edited with Prof. Simona Pekarek Doehler,
  • Discourse and Grammar in Australian Languages (With Brett Baker, Amsterdam: John Benjamins 2008)
  • Indigenous Language and Social Identity (With Brett Baker, Mark Harvey and Rod Gardner, Canberra:Pacific Linguistics, 2011)
Featured projects Duration
Talking knowledge, doing learning: the early years
ARC Discovery Projects
Conversational Interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia (CIARA)
ARC Discovery Project

Areas of research