Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

The Linguistic and Applied Linguistics Graduate Research Program works with our students to provide a deep, scientifically informed knowledge of how language is used and structured. The tools you'll acquire naturally augment those of anthropology, psychology, law, computer science and other complementary disciplines.

Program disciplines and supervisors

Kathryn Burridge Germanic languages; grammatical change; linguistic taboo

Patrick Durel French studies; language learning and teaching; language curriculum design

Alice Gaby Australian Aboriginal languages; language, culture and cognition; linguistic typology

Jim Hlavac Translation and interpreting studies; contact linguistics; foreign language pedagogy

Hui Huang Chinese Studies; sociolinguistics; second language acquisition

Shimako Iwasaki Japanese studies; conversation analysis; intercultural communication

Heinz-Josef Kreutz German studies; language and society; discourse analysis

Naomi Kurata Japanese studies; language and identity; language learning and teaching

Howard Manns Indonesian languages and cultures; language variation and change; language and identity

Anna Margetts Language documentation and description; narrative and reference tracking; valence and transitivity

Simon Musgrave Austronesian languages; syntax; computational tools for linguistics

Satoshi Nambu Language variation and change (Japanese); syntax; experimental and corpus linguistics

Nadine Normand-Marconnet French studies; intercultural communication; second language acquisition

Marc Orlando Translation studies; Interpreting; translation and interpreting didactics

Farzad Sharifian Cultural linguistics; English as an International Language (EIL); intercultural communication

Robyn Spence-Brown Japanese studies; second language acquisition and language teaching; language education policy

Louisa Willoughby Deaf studies; migrant languages; language and adolescence

Zhichang Xu World Englishes; English as a Lingua Franca; intercultural education

Research programs and centres

Opportunities and support

Throughout your PhD, we actively support you in contributing to and participating in relevant conferences and a range of professional activities.

You will be trained in critical and analytical thinking, and supported to develop innovative research designs and methodologies, while also undertaking relevant coursework.

The Faculty of Arts also supports students with diverse scholarships and grants and numerous of funding schemes are available to support your candidature. 

Program staff

Alice Gaby

Program Director

Dr Alice Gaby is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and the Program Director of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Her research interests lie in three intersecting domains: semantic and structural typology; the relationship between language, culture and cognition; and the documentation and analysis of endangered languages, especially those of the Australian continent.


Robyn Spence-Brown

Postgraduate Co-ordinator (Deputy Director)

Dr Robyn Spence-Brown is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics and teaches and conducts research in the areas of Japanese language teaching and learning and applied linguistics more generally.


Sally Riley

Graduate Research Administrator