Researcher biography

Aboriginal languages, morphology, languages in contact, pidgin and creole languages

I studied at the University of Queensland between 1995-2001. Between 2001-04, I worked as a community linguist at Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation (Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre), producing language resources and facilitating revitalisation programs for Bilinarra and Ngarinyman people. During this time I became interested in new Australian languages, particularly Gurindji Kriol.

I joined the Aboriginal Child Language project (University of Melbourne) in 2004 as a PhD student. I completed my PhD in 2008 and continued documenting Gurindji, Bilinarra and Gurindji Kriol as a part of the Jaminjungan and Eastern Ngumpin DOBES project, then with my own ELDP grant at the University of Manchester and finally returned to UQ with an ARC APD. I currently hold a DECRA and an ARC DP which focus on language evolution and contact processes in Gurindji and Mudburra.

I am the author of Case-Marking in Contact (Benjamins, 2011), Bilinarra to English Dictionary (Batchelor Press, 2013) and a co-author of A Grammar of Bilinarra (Mouton, 2013, with Rachel Nordlinger), Gurindji to English Dictionary (Batchelor Press, 2013 with Patrick McConvell, Erika Charola, Norm McNair, Helen McNair and Lauren Campbell) and Bilinarra, Gurindji and Malngin Plants and Animals (LRM, 2012 with Glenn Wightman).

All of this work has been the result of fieldwork over the last 15 years in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory (Australia).

Featured projects Duration
Out of the Mouthes of Babes
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Trilingual language contact in an Indigenous community
ARC Discovery Projects
Saibai Island Language and Cultural Knowledge Project
Australian Research Council