Dr Rosey Billington

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

Available student projects

I welcome proposals for Honours/Masters/PhD research related to the topics noted above under 'Research interests', such as:

  • Phonetics and phonology of Oceanic languages of Vanuatu
  • Phonetics and phonology of Nilotic languages of East Africa
  • Phonetics and phonology of contact languages in Melanesia
  • Sociophonetics of English varieties in Australia and the Pacific
  • Phonetic and phonological typology

Please note I am not able to take on any additional supervision for 2023-2024.

Current student projects

Shubo Li, PhD Thesis (in progress), The phonetics and phonology of Nakanamanga, Australian National University.

Thomas Powell-Davies, PhD Thesis (in progress), Accent change in regional Australia - Tasmania as a case study, Australian National University.

Saurabh Kumar Nath, PhD Thesis (in progress), Language variation in multilingual-multicultural context: The case of Assamese vowels, Australian National University. [associate supervisor]

Past student projects

Naijing Liu, PhD Thesis (2023), Segmental and prosodic phonology and morphophonology in Tsum, a language of Nepal, Australian National University. [associate supervisor]

Yuchen Li, Honours Thesis (2023), Differential subject expressions in Lelepa: A quantitative investigation, Australian National University.

Zhe Yang, Masters Advanced Thesis (2023), A phonetic description of the Lelepa vowel system, Australian National University.

Sun Chao, Masters Advanced Thesis (2023), An investigation of syllable structure in Lelepa, Australian National University.

Shubo Li, Honours Thesis (2022), A phonological sketch of the Kufo language, Australian National University.

Thomas Powell-Davies, Honours Thesis (2022), Exploring Tasmania's place in Australian English regional variation through diphthongs, Australian National University.

Jieping Ma, Masters Advanced Thesis (2022), Asymmetrical extension patterns of kin-based address terms in Dali, Australian National University.

Coralie Cram, Honours Thesis (2020), Post-lexical intonation in Bislama, University of Melbourne. [co-supervisor]


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