Aboriginal languages, morphology, languages in contact, pidgin and creole languages
I studied at the University of Queensland between 1995-2001. Between 2001-04, I worked as a community linguist at Diwurruwurru-jaru Aboriginal Corporation (Katherine Regional Aboriginal Language Centre), producing language resources and facilitating revitalisation programs for Gurindji, Bilinarra and Ngarinyman people. During this time I became interested in new Australian languages, particularly Gurindji Kriol and Kriol. I joined the Aboriginal Child Language project (University of Melbourne) in 2004 as a PhD student. I completed my PhD in 2007 and continued documenting Gurindji, Bilinarra and Gurindji Kriol as a part of the Jaminjungan and Eastern Ngumpin DOBES project and then with my own ELDP grant (both funded through the University of Manchester). I currently hold an ARC grant looking at the contact process which went into the formation of Gurindji Kriol. Part of the grant involves writing a grammar of Gurindji Kriol. I am also compiling dictionaries of Gurindji and Bilinarra with other linguists including Patrick McConvell, Erika Charola, Lauren Campbell and Justin Spence, and a Bilinarra grammar jointly with Rachel Nordlinger. All of this work has been the result of fieldwork over the last nine years in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory (Australia).