Monika Bednarek is interested in the linguistic analysis of mass media communication, especially news and television series: How is language used in contexts that reach millions if not billions of readers/viewers worldwide? Monika also does research on how language can be used to express our opinions, emotions, attitudes and feelings.
Nick Enfield’s research on language, culture, cognition, and social interaction is based on extended field work in mainland Southeast Asia, especially Laos. He has written books on Southeast Asian languages, language contact and history, hand gesture and language, patterns of social interaction, and the role of language in social action and mind.
Sebastian Fedden has a specialisation in language typology, morphology and Papuan linguistics, particularly the Papuan languages of New Guinea and eastern Indonesia. He has written a reference grammar of Mian, a Papuan language of New Guinea, and worked on tone and the genealogical relations between Papuan languages and subgroups (Oksapmin/Ok and Greater Ok/Greater Awyu).
William Foley is interested how the languages we speak induce us to construe the world. What are the grammars of the world’s languages like? How are they similar to and different from each other, and what does that tell us about human possibilities? In what ways do languages express different social and cultural ideas, and how by learning a language do we live through these ideas? Professor Foley has explored this agenda extensively through field work in the indigenous languages of New Guinea and insular Southeast Asia.
Gwendolyn Hyslop is interested in the historical changes and universal properties that drive languages to be the way they are today. One domain in which she examines this closely is that of sound, specifically focusing on the development and change of tonal systems over time. Her work also addresses the area of language documentation and preservation, focusing on the endangered languages of the Himalayas. She has also conducted fieldwork in Mexico and worked on Eskimo languages.
Ahmar Mahboob has a keen interest in critical language variation. His research focuses on how language variation relates to a range of educational, social, professional, and political issues. In addition, he works on issues of professional identity (specifically of non-native English speakers) in TESOL.
J R Martin’s research interest is in functional linguistics, focusing on English and Tagálog, and applications in educational linguistics and forensic linguistics. He supervises research in these areas and teaches courses in functional grammar, discourse analysis and media discourse.
Maïa Ponsonnet studies the way emotions are expressed and described in different languages across Australia and across the world. Are there universal means to talk about emotions across languages? Do linguistic differences imply differences in the way we construe emotions or respond to them? Maïa Ponsonnet's research focuses on the expression of emotions in Indigenous Australian languages (Arnhem region), including traditional languages as well as Kriol, the recently developed creole.
Nick Riemer does research on semantics and pragmatics and on the history and philosophy of linguistics. He teaches and supervises in both areas, and is a member of the Laboratoire d’histoire des théories linguistiques at Université Paris-Diderot, France.