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Department of Linguistics

Professor Linda Cupples

Formal name: Linda Cupples


  • Professor of Linguistics
  • Member of the ARC-funded Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
  • Member of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS)

Personal Title: Professor

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Monash and Melbourne, PhD Melbourne

Telephone: +61 2 9850 8788

Fax: +61 2 9850 9352


Location: AHH 3.517

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Linda Cupples has been a member of the Linguistics Department at Macquarie University since mid-way through 1991. Prior to that time, she spent 18 months as a lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, and approximately two years as a post-doctoral fellow in Cognitive Neuropsychology within the School of Behavioural Sciences at Macquarie University.

Professor Cupples is currently a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) and the Macquarie University Research Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS). She convenes a number of units in the Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences (including LING214 Introduction to Psycholinguistics) and the Master of Applied Linguistics (including LING927 Reading Development and Disorders).

Research Interests

Professor Cupples has research interests in the area of psycholinguistics, with a particular focus on sentence comprehension and production in skilled language users, disorders of sentence comprehension and production following brain damage, and reading development (especially in children and adults with disabilities). She is currently supervising MA and PhD dissertations in these and related areas; and is collaborating with colleagues from the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) on a NIH funded project examining language and reading outcomes for children with hearing impairment.

Recent publications include book chapters and numerous articles in international, peer-reviewed journals. In 1998-2000 she collaborated with Prof Teresa Iacono in creating the Assessment of Phonological Awareness and Reading (APAR), a theoretically motivated and empirically tested assessment protocol designed specifically for use with non-speaking individuals. Both the APAR and the AWRI (Accessible Word Reading Intervention) are freely available via the WWW for use by clinicians working with people with complex communication needs (



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