Rachel Nordlinger

Associate Professor and Reader, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, Research Unit for Indigenous Language, School of Languages and Linguistics, University of Melbourne

Rachel returned to the University of Melbourne after completing her PhD at Stanford University, USA in 1997. Rachel’s research centres around the description and documentation of Australia’s indigenous languages, working with the Bilinarra, Wambaya, Gudanji, Murrinh-Patha and Marringarr communities to record and preserve their traditional languages. She has also published on syntactic and morphological theory, and in particular the challenges posed by the complex grammatical structures of Australian Aboriginal languages. She is the author of numerous academic articles in international journals, and five books, including A Grammar of Wambaya (Pacific Linguistics, 1998), Constructive Case: Evidence from Australian languages (CSLI Publications, 1998) and A Grammar of Bilinarra (Mouton de Gruyter, 2014 - coauthored with Dr. Felicity Meakins).


  • –present
    Associate Professor and Reader Research Unit for Indigenous Language, University of Melbourne


  • 1997 
    Stanford University, USA, PhD, Linguistics