Language interests of academic staff

Asian & Pacific languages


Classical & modern Chinese

  • Shengyu Fan - Classical Chinese literature; Hongloumeng (The Story of the Stone); nineteenth century American literature; Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Fengyuan Ji - Language, society and political discourse in China since 1949
  • John Makeham - Chinese philosophy and intellectual history; relationship between 'Confucianism' and Chinese cultural identity; relations between majority and minority cultures and societies, with particular reference to mainland China and Taiwan
  • John Minford - Chinese literature, classical and modern, especially Hongloumeng and Liaozhai zhiyi; modern martial arts fiction; contemporary Hong Kong literature; Chinese theatre and cinema; translation and history of translation; ancient Chinese philosophy

  • Michael Schimmelpfennig - Chinese traditional literature (esp. history of reception and commentary); early Chinese philosophy (esp. history of conceptual ideas); literary Chinese translation; the role and uses of tradition in present-day China; Chinese digital humanities

  • Mark Strange - Chinese traditional historiography; medieval Chinese political and intellectual history; Chinese traditional narrative; textual criticism

  • Yanyan Wang - Chinese language teaching methodology

  • Zhengdao Ye - Meaning, culture, translation studies; semantics; pragmatics; intercultural communication; Chinese linguistics and literature; Shanghainese; emotion

  • Yanyin Zhang - Second language acquisition (Chinese and English); second language pedagogy; Chinese linguistics and lexicography; interlanguage pragmatics


  • Xiao Yu - Cantonese language and culture


  • Peter Friedlander - Hindi-Urdu, language, literature, media studies, history, pedagogy; religion and society; Hinduism; Dalit studies; Buddhist studies


  • I Wayan Arka - Austronesian and Papuan languages of Indonesia, language typology, syntactic theory, language documentation
  • Timothy Hassall - Second language pragmatics, second language acquisition in study abroad contexts
  • Ariel Heryanto - Power relations in everyday life, postcoloniality; semantic history (key words); discourse analysis; media and popular culture
  • Amrih Widodo - Indonesian languages; social and cultural anthropology; cultural studies


  • Mark Gibeau - Modern and contemporary Japanese literature; the problem of subjectivity in the Japanese postwar literary left; literary translation; translation theory; Okinawan fiction
  • Narangoa Li - History of Northeast China (Manchuria); Japan's relations with other Asian countries; Japan's colonial history, education, religion, literature and military; Mongolian history, identity and cities
  • Carol Hayes - Taisho poet Hagiwara Sakutaro; modern Japanese poetry and the 'modernist' movement in Japan; postwar Japanese literature and film, focusing on the portrayal of the Pacific War in cultural production; online learning and second language acquisition
  • Peter Hendriks - The history of Japanese language; the history of Japanese dialects; historical syntax and morphology; acquisition of Japanese as a second language
  • Shun Ikeda - Japanese language, education, culture and society; comparative education in Asia; language policy and planning
  • Shunichi Ishihara - Forensic voice/text comparison, individual similarities/differences; computational linguistics; intonational modelling; speech & language processing; computer assisted language learning and teaching
  • Duck Young Lee - Japanese-Korean linguistics; spoken discourse; unique features of Japanese spoken conversation; phonology (government phonology)



  • Ruth Barraclough - Korean labour history and gender studies; history of Korean to English literary translation; Korean kisaeng and the early modern sex labour industry; the Red Decade in colonial Korea
  • Hyaeweol Choi - Gender, culture, religion and diaspora
  • Roald Maliangkay - South Korea's cultural industries and cultural policy; K-pop; pop culture; folklore; cinema; consumer culture; advertising


Pacific Pidgins

  • Bethwyn Evans - Language change; historical linguistics; Oceanic languages


  • McComas Taylor - The construction of truth in the Sanskritic episteme; the ideas of social division in Sanskrit narrative literature; Puranic narratives and their empowerment; the role of Sanskrit texts in contemporary Hindu practice; flexible delivery of small-enrolment languages


  • Adelaide Lopes - Tetum language; East Timorese culture and society


  • Chintana Sandilands - Thai language and culture; Thai studies, particularly contemporary political, economic and social issues




  • Thai Bao - Second-language acquisition; contrastive linguistics; cross-cultural negotiation; issues of economic development

Australian Indigenous languages

  • John Giacon - Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay, other Indigenous Australian languages, especially NSW languages; language revival, especially language courses and resources
  • Jane Simpson - Warumungu, Warlpiri, Kaurna, Indigenous Australian languages; syntax; semantics; intercultural communication; language maintenance

Classical languages

Ancient Greek and Latin

  • Dr Chris Bishop - Classical Greek and Roman history; Latin and Classical Greek literature; late antiquity; early medieval history; classical and medieval reception studies; medievalism; comic book studies
  • Paul Burton - Roman history of the middle and late Republican periods; Roman imperialism and diplomacy; Latin and Greek historiography; the Classical tradition
  • Greta Hawes - Greek myth and mythography; ancient travel writing; interactions between storytelling and landscape
  • Peter Londey - History of Gallipoli and the Dardanelles; regional history and historical memory in Central Greece (Delphoi and Phokis); warfare and society in ancient Greece, 6th to 4th centuries BC

European languages

Chair of European Languages

  • Catherine Travis - Quantitative sociolinguistics; functional syntax; corpus linguistics; language contact; Spanish


  • Leslie Barnes - 20th and 21st-century French and francophone literature and film (esp. SE Asia)
  • Ashok Collins - 20th century French literature; 20th and 21st century French intellectual history; continental philosophy; philosophy of religion; philosophy of education
  • Dr Solène Inceoglu - French language; applied linguistics and educational linguistics; linguistic processes; language studies; curriculum and pedagogy; English as a second language

  • Dr Gemma King - Cinema studies; French language; multicultural, intercultural and cross cultural studies; screen and media culture; museum studies; literature in French; translation and interpretation studies


  • Louise Jansen - Data-based theoretical research on second language acquisition in naturalistic and instructed settings; explanations of second language development
  • Gabriele Schmidt - Language teaching and learning in higher education; language learning motivation; curriculum development
  • Katie Sutton - 20th-21st century German literature and culture (esp. Weimar Republic); 19th-20th century history of sexuality; gender; sexology and psychoanalysis


  • Piera Carroli - Diaspora, postcolonial Italian literature and literature of migration in Italy and Europe; Italian women writers; the role of literary texts in second language teaching and learning, contemporary Italian narrative
  • Grazia Micciche - Italian language, literature, and culture



  • Jane Simpson - (See profile under Australian Indigenous Languages)


  • Manuel Delicado Cantero - Spanish syntax; formal syntax; historical linguistics; language change and variation; dialect syntax; Romance linguistics, pronunciation pedagogy
  • Daniel Martin - Creative writing; science fiction; language maintenance & shift; language politics & planning; mobile assisted language learning; history of Spanish-speakers in Australia; history of language teaching in Australia; music and society; research methodology
  • Consuelo Martinez Reyes - Literature in Spanish and Portuguese; culture, gender, sexuality; film and television; creative writing (incl. playwriting); translation and interpretation studies
  • Elisabeth Mayer - Romance linguistics; dialect syntax; formal syntax; language contact and change; bilingualism; (second) language acquisition

Middle Eastern Languages


  • Huda Al-Tamimi - Gender and impact of Islamic rules on women's participation in public sphere; Arabic language and literature through culture; Arabic calligraphy and gender bias; Arabic media and Iraqi transition to democracy; gender disparities.
  • France Meyer - Arabic language (modern standard Arabic and Arab Dialects); Arab culture; translation studies (modern Arabic literature); French and Francophone literature


  • Zahra Taheri - Persian language, literature, and Sufism; Iranian history and culture; gender studies: Persian women in Sufism, folklore, ethical texts; women and culture in Iran and the Middle East
  • Associate Professor Omid Behbahani - Ancient Iranian cultures and languages; classic and modern Persian literature; teaching Persian as a foreign language; history of Persian art; ancient Iranian religions: Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism


  • M. Murat Yurtbilir - Turkish language and culture; Turkish history, politics and foreign policy; nationalism and ethnicity in Turkey