Research strengths

We conducts research into a wide range of language practices, covering through its subjects a diversity of times, places and themes which reflect the latest developments in language and linguistic practice.

Research is directed towards 9 key strengths. These key strengths reflect research orientations and concentrations among the staff. Each area has a successful record of academic publication, research training, the attainment of significant grants and funding, and the promotion of knowledge transfer to relevant community bodies and policy-makers. The key research strengths are from Morphology to 19th Century French culture - our research areas are as diverse as they are interesting.

Areas of study Principal key strengths of research

French Studies

Cinema studies, Critical theory, Feminist theory, Intercultural communication, La Francophonie, Quebec studies, 20th Century French history and cultural history.
French language studies - Applied linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Translation theory and practice.
French literature studies - Early modern women's literature, Experimental writing, French libertine writing, 19th and 20th Century poetry and the novel, Utopian theory and literature.

German Studies

German literature from 16th to 20th Centuries, Current German literature from the former GDR, German culture and philosophy, European studies, Historical linguistics and aspects of German, German teaching methodology and structural linguistics.

Italian Studies

Language studies - Italian linguistics, Dialectology, Applied linguistics, Phonetics and Phonology, Computer Assisted Language Learning.

Medieval and renaissance studies - Dante, Theories of gender, Theories of behaviour and literary patronage.

Literature studies - Modern and contemporary drama and narrative, Women's writing, Theories of intertextuality and hypertext, Theories of modernity and postmodernity.

Cultural studies - Italian cinema, Migrant writing, Italo-Australian (auto)biographical and fictional writing, Avant-garde texts.

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education


ARC Center of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Language description, typology, and theoretical linguistics - Linguistic typology, Australian Languages, and endangered languages of the Indo-Pacific including Papuan, Aslian, Austronesian, Sino-Tibetan, Amerindian Languages, Language documentation, Syntactic and Morphological theory, Semantics, Phonetics laboratory, Phonology, Discourse and pragmatics, Language and cognition.

Applied linguistics and language acquisition - First language acquisition, Second Language acquisition, Second language learning and teaching, Interlanguage pragmatics, TESOL, Computer assisted language learning, Language disorders.

Language testing and Language program evaluation - Language testing and assessment, Language curriculum design and pedagogy, Language program evaluation

Language in Society - Language variation, Language contact, Cross cultural communication, Language and identity, Language and gender, Language and Media, Gesture, Bilingualism, Computer mediated communication and Virtual communication, Language and the law, Poststructuralist approaches to language.

Staff in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics are engaged in a wide variety of research projects covering all major areas of linguistics and applied linguistics. Much of this research is funded by Discovery and Linkage grants from the Australia Research Council, and by international funding bodies including the British Academy of Humanities, the DFG and Volkswagen Stiftung (Germany) and the ETS Princeton, and Oxford University.

Language Testing Research Centre (LTRC)

Language test development and validation, Testing languages for specific purposes, School-based language assessment, Teacher proficiency assessment and, Language program evaluation. Language Training and Research Center website.

Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL)

The Research Unit for Indigenous Language consists of a team of researchers within the School of Languages and Linguistics whose research is focused on Indigenous languages. We work with Indigenous communities across Australia and the region to expand and strengthen Indigenous Language research, and to support efforts by communities to maintain their linguistic and cultural heritage.


Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross Cultural Communication


Russian language, Russian/Slavic linguistics, phonology, word stress/accent, Czech language, Russian literature.

Spanish and Latin American

Spanish turn of the century and national decadence / regeneration, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century universal exhibitions, and the construction of Spanish identity.

Cultural Studies - Cinema studies, Critical theory, early modern, modern and contemporary Spanish and Latin American cultural history, food studies, Queer theory, transnational experiences

Literature studies - Early modern Spanish and European Literature, Cervantes studies, popular music and protest, political discourse and language tropes, contemporary Spanish and Latin American literary canon

Geographical Area Studies - The Caribbean, Latin America, Spain, China, Australia