Dr Rosey Billington

PhD, The University of Melbourne; B.A. (Hons), Monash University
Lecturer in Linguistics
College Arts & Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Linguistics 2004
  • Laboratory Phonetics And Speech Science 200404
  • Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) 200408
  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) 200405
  • Pacific Languages 200320

Research interests

My main research interest is the intersection of experimental phonetics and language documentation, and I am particularly interested in languages of the Pacific, Africa, and Australia. My current primary research focus is on the phonetics of Nafsan and related Southern Oceanic languages of central Vanuatu. I have also undertaken research on the phonetics and phonology of Lopit, an Eastern Nilotic language of South Sudan. I maintain an interest in research on the phonetic characteristics of English varieties in Australia, and in creole languages of the Pacific and Africa.


I am a Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics within the College of Arts and Social Science at the Australian National University. I hold a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Melbourne, and a BA (Hons) in Linguistics from Monash University. Before joining the ANU in 2021, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, based in the School of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Melbourne and affiliated with the University of Melbourne Phonetics Laboratory and the Research Unit for Indigenous Language.

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