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Department of Linguistics

Staff Research Interests

Research Supervision Preferences of Academic Staff

The following listing shows the areas of particular interest and research specialisations of staff members in the Macquarie University Department of Linguistics, for purposes of Postgraduate Certificate of Research Preparation (Human Sciences)/Ph.D research supervision. Persons wishing to apply for admission to research candidature in this Department may wish to direct their initial enquiry to a specific staff member about the possibility of supervision. Alternatively, you may wish to contact Dr Stephen Moore ( to help you find an appropriate supervisor.

Assoc. Prof. David Butt

Prof. Christopher N Candlin

Assoc. Prof. Felicity Cox

Prof. Linda Cupples

Assoc. Prof. David Hall

Dr Maria Herke

  • Text analysis (spoken and written) for social research and community benefit
  • Mapping textual, logical, experiential and interpersonal translation shifts
  • Text analysis for professional communication, particularly in healthcare contexts
  • Stylistics
  • Corpus analysis
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Text analysis integrating lexico-grammatical, semantic and contextual  analyses

Assoc. Prof. Trevor Johnston

  • Signed language lexicography and lexicology
  • Digital language documentation and signed language corpus linguistics
  • Signed languages and linguistic typology
  • Gesture and language (signed and spoken)
  • Functional-cognitive linguistics, construction grammar and signed languages
  • Language change and grammaticalisation in signed languages
  • Sociolinguistic variation in signed languages
  • Signed language acquisition and assessment
  • Sign bilingual education for deaf children

Dr John Knox

  • Language in education
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) (especially as an analytical tool)
  • Multimodality
  • Media discourse
  • Curriculum development and implementation
  • Pedagogic discourse in face-to-face and online contexts

Dr Annabelle Lukin

  • The context to text relationship, particularly as described in Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Text linguistics: as a source of evidence in all forms of social research
  • Stylistics and variation: theory and description, from genre/register to literary styles
  • Stylistics and translation
  • The study of media and political discourse
  • Educational discourse

Dr. Robert Mannell

Assoc. Prof. Catherine McMahon

Dr Stephen Moore

Dr Jill Murray

  • Pragmatics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • TESOL methodology and curriculum
  • TESOL and LOTE teacher development

Dr Jemina Napier

  • Signed language interpreting
  • Application of translation and interpreting theory to practice
  • Translation and interpreting pedagogy
  • Community interpreting
  • Conference interpreting
  • Signed versus spoken language discourse
  • Sign/spoken language bilingualism
  • Discourse based research on sign language/ interpreting or education

Prof. Philip Newall

Dr Jennifer Peck

Prof. Pam Peters

Assoc. Prof. Mehdi Riazi

  • Academic Writing
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Research Methods
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Materials Development and Evaluation
  • Language Learning Strategies
  • Program Evaluation
  • Text Analysis
  • Teacher Education

Dr. Verna Rieschild

Dr. Peter Roger

Assoc. Prof. Eddie Ronowicz

Dr Mridula Sharma

  • Diagnostic audiology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials
  • Discriminative Auditory Evoked Potentials 
  • Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Hearing Disorders and amplification solutions
  • Cochlear Implantation

Ms Helen Slatyer

  • Community interpreting
  • Curriculum design and evaluation
  • Translation studies (French<>Eng translation in particular)
  • Language testing and assessment
  • Translator and interpreter testing

Dr Stanley Zhongwei Song

Dr. Jan Tent

Dr. Rosalind Thornton

  • Child language acquisition of morphology, syntax and semantics
  • Syntax
  • Bilingual children's acquisition of grammar
  • Universal Grammar
  • Second language acquisition from the perspective of generative linguistics

Dr Canzhong Wu

  • Systemic functional theory and its application in discourse  analysis and interpretation
  • Translation theory and practice
  • Corpus development and management — design of XML tagging systems, computational tools for corpus analysis
  • Development of computational tools for multilingual grammatical  reference resources
  • Machine translation and computer-assisted learning and teaching
  • Development of theoretical and computational models of language as a complex, multidimensional system

Assoc. Prof. Lynda Yates

  • Adult language learning and use
  • Workplace language and TESOL
  • Cross cultural and interlanguage pragmatics
  • Teaching and learning pronunciation
  • International student and migrant issues
  • Inclusive approaches to classroom teaching at tertiary level
  • Professional development of teachers


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