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PhD candidate in Linguistics, The University of Western Australia

Slamet Setiawan completed his BA at the State University of Surabaya in 1992. Two years later he was promoted to teaching assistant in his university and has been teaching there since. He completed his MA in Linguistics at Auckland University, New Zealand in 2001 and is currently a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the University of Western Australia. He is interested in sociolinguistics particularly language maintenance and shift, the future of indigenous languages, and children’s language in a bilingual community. He has published some papers in these areas, namely: “The First Language Maintenance That is Unlikely to Succeed: The case of Indonesian in New Zealand” Verba Vol 2, No.3, 2002. “Two Parents but One and a Half Children: Language Phenomenon of Javanese and Indonesian” Verba Vol 11, No.1, 2009. “Children’s Language in a Bilingual Community in East Java: discussion of methods”. UWA Linguistics Working Papers Volume 2, 2010. Other publication are “Indonesian X-bar Theory: A study of Formal Syntax”. Poestaka. No. 5 Tahun XIV, February 2003 and “Causative Construction: Typological-Functional Perspective” Verba Vol. 7, No 1, 2005. As a student at UWA, he tutors introductory linguistics students and gives the occasional guest lecture, and also coordinates UWA Linguistics Working Papers.


  • 1994–present
    Senior Lecturer, English Language Teaching and Literature Department, State University of Surabaya, Indonesia
  • 2001–2008
    Coordinator of Linguistics, English Language Teaching and Literature Department, State University of Surabaya, Indonesia
  • 2006–2008
    Head of Language Centre, State University of Surabaya, Indonesia


  • 2001 
    University of Auckland, New Zealand, MA Linguistics
  • 1992 
    State University of Surabaya, BA English Language Teaching

Research Areas

  • Linguistics (2004)
  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) (200405)
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics (200401)