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Adjunct associate, Monash University

My PhD thesis (available in PDF format only, 2 MB) looked at aspects of the syntax of Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), from the viewpoint of Lexical-Functional Grammar.

Between 2001 and 2003, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leiden in the Spinoza Project: Lexicon and Syntax developing the typological database which is a part of the project. In that project, I also researched some issues in comparative syntax of languages from Eastern Indonesia.

From mid 2003 until 2007, I was an ARC post-doctoral fellow in the Linguistics Program, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash. I worked on the project “Cross-linguistic study of endangered Maluku languages: Eastern Indonesia and the Dutch diaspora” with Dr Margaret Florey and Dr Michael Ewing. Within the project, I worked on documentation of the language spoken in the villages of Tulehu , Tial, Tengah-tengah, Liang and Waai.

More recent projects include an investigation of knowledge of endangered languages amongst the Sudanese community in Melbourne (with Prof. John Hajek, University of Melbourne) and projects looking at issues in medical communication in intercultural settings. I am also a member of the steering committee of the AusNC (Australian National Corpus) initiative.
Most of my current research is located at the intersection of linguistics and digital humanities.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Linguistics, Monash University


  • 2003 
    University of Melbourne, PhD Linguistics