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Available student projects

ANU is accepting PhD applications.

I am interested in students looking to do corpus-based documentation or usage-based variation projects of corpus data, particularly for endangered languages, languages of the Pacific and Papua New Guinea, and Oceanic languages.

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Research interests

Corpus Linguistics, Typology, Complex Predicates, Oceanic Languages, languages of Papua New Guinea, Cognitive Linguistics, Usage-based Linguistics, Language Variation, Language Contact, Pidgins and Creoles, Grammaticalization, Speech Styles, Statistical Modelling, Language as a Probabilistic System

Current student projects


"Building and Analysing Datasets; Speech Recognition for Indonesian Language Classrooms and Resources" - Zara Maxwell-Smith


"Children's acquistion of Wiru (a Trans-New Guinea language)" - Caroline Hendy


"Clause chaining in cross-lingusitic perspective: A case study of Yoidik" - Kira Davey


"Language variation in multilingual-multicultural context: The case of Assamese vowels" - Saurabh Kumar Nath


Associate Supervisor:

"Semantics of landscape terms in Chinese" - Emma Rao

"Social variation in the English of Chinese-Australians" - Qiao Gan

"A Grammar of Kodhi, An Austronesian Language of Sumba Island, eastern Indonesia" - Yustinus Ghanggo Ate

"A grammatical description of the Simeulue language" - Keira Mullan

"Developing and documenting a system for using the Luqa vernacular as its own grammatical metalanguage, and its use by Luqa speakers to study and analyze their own language in the Solomon Islands" - Alpheaus Zobule


Computational methods in aid of transcription and linguistics analysis, using the Southern New Guinea language Nen as a case study

Researcher's projects

Social Cognition Parallax Interview Corpus (SCOPIC):

Matukar Panau Documentation:

Understanding Corpus Linguistics (Textbook now available, co-written with Stefan Schnell)

Barth Lab:


BA Linguistics (Rice University), MA Linguistics (University of Oregon), PhD Linguistics (University of Oregon)

Past student projects

Associate Supervisor:

"Computational methods in aid of transcription and linguistics analysis, using the Southern New Guinea language Nen as a case study" - Sahlia Muradoglu


"Variation in Raga - a quantitative and qualitative study of the language of North Pentecost, Vanuatu" - Marie-France Duhamel


"Placing spatial language and cognition in context through an investigate of Bininj Kunwok navigation talk" - Claudia Cialone


"Dative Alternation in Tok Pisin - a quantitative corpus study" - Anastasia Likouresis


"Directional Constructions in Matukar Panau - a quantitative corpus study" - Kira Davey

Computer Science Student Research Projects:

"Topic Modelling on Endangered Language" - Bing Bo

co-supervised with Dr Gabriela Ferraro


"Natural Language Processing for Small Languages" - Yufeng Fang

co-supervised with Qiongkai Xu & Dr Gabriela Ferraro

Other work

Media Coverage:

Comments on Language Endagerment & Preservation in the Pacific on ABC Pacific beat in English and ABC Wantok in Tok Pisin

Comments on Enga language lessons on TikTok social media. ABC Pacific Beat radio and ABC news coverage

Endangered Languages Documentation Programme special highlight on Matukar Panau



  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • linguistics
  • grammar
  • styntax
  • morphology
  • phonetics
  • langauge change
  • Papua New Guinea

Expertise Areas

  • Linguistic Structures (incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics)


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