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Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, Monash University

Howard Manns (Howie) lectures on the history and sociolinguistics of English and Indonesian at Monash University.

Howie is co-author of 'Communication Across Cultures: Mutual Understanding in a Global World' (2014, Cambridge) and 'Style and Intersubjectivity in Youth Interaction' (2018, Mouton). He is also co-editor of the books 'Australian English Reimagined' (Routledge, 2020) and 'Contact Talk' (Routledge, 2020).

Howie is currently working on two major projects. First, he is a member of a research team investigating the history and evolution of Australian slang and identity. Second, he is part of a research team studying the communication styles of Deafblind Australians, with the aim of developing better training materials for interpreters.

Before Monash, he taught English in Indonesia and before that worked for the US Navy as a specialist in Iranian languages.


  • 2014–present
    Lecturer, Monash University


  • 2011 
    Monash University, PhD Linguistics
  • 2002 
    University of Pittsburgh, BA Linguistics
  • 1994 
    Defense Language Institute, Certification- Persian Linguistics