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Professor Emeritus, The University of Queensland

Major areas of interest
Applied Linguistics.
English in Australia.
Intercultural communication.
Pain and communication.
Community languages, their maintenance and survival, especially Slavic.
The interaction of information technology with language learning and teaching.
Typology of the modern Slavic languages, with special reference to Russian and Polish.


  • –present
    Research Professor, School of Languages and Cultures, and Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, The University of Queensland


  • 1971 
    The University of London, PhD

Research Areas

  • Language Studies (2003)
  • Cultural Studies (2002)
  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)
  • Linguistics (2004)
  • Other Medical And Health Sciences (1199)
  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)
  • Educational Technology And Computing (130306)


Medal of the Order of Australia, Australia Day Honours, 2012. Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, 2017; Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2020.