Dr Alan Jones

PhD (ANU), BA Hons (Sydney)
Adjunct Professor (Macquarie); Associate Professor, Honorary (Anthropology, ANU)
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 61614162

Areas of expertise

  • Linguistics 2004
  • Linguistic Structures (Incl. Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) 200408
  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) 200405
  • Discourse And Pragmatics 200403
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics 200401
  • Anthropology 1601
  • Linguistic Anthropology 160103
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104

Research interests

In the past three years I have been working on the terminology of emotions in several Austronesian languages spoken in the west of Central Province, Papua New Guinea, in particular Mekeo and Kuni. See: 'Disparate dimensions of a Mekeo socio-moral order: Values, emotions and dispositions in language, discourse and practice,' in The Australian Journal of Anthropology 26(3): 365-380. I delivered a talk on Kuni Emotion Terminology 1899-1952 at the annual conference os the Australian Linguistic Society, held in Sydney, 2017. I am currently working on allusions and oblique references to myths in popular Mekeo folktales.

I have two projected papers on the grammar of Mekeo, the Austronesian language that I initially described for my doctorate (see Towards a Lexicogrammar of Mekeo. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. 1998). The first paper deals with an emergent passive voice in Mekeo and related languages, the second with the somewhat unusual consonantal inventories of the four Mekeo dialects. And I am finishing another paper on visual metaphors in Mekeo folktales and myths, specifically the tree and the hill and images of spontaneous growth.

In 2013 and 2015 I published book chapters dealing with discourse and communication in the context of professional accounting practice. In the first I focused on the role of communicative expertise in accounting work, while the second (with Samantha Sin) deals with the nature of critical thinking in accountancy. See:

Jones, A. and Sin, S. (2013). Achieving professional trustworthiness: Communicative expertise and identity work in professional accounting practice. In Christopher Candlin and Jonathan Crichton (Eds), Discourses of Trust. Palgrave.

Sin, S., Jones, A. and Wang, Z. (2015), Critical thinking in professional accounting practice: Conceptions of employers and practitioners. In Martin Davies and Ron Barnett (Eds), The Routledge Handbook of Critical Thinking in Higher Education. Routledge.

Most recent publication:

Townley, A. and Jones, A. (2016).The role of emails and covering letters in negotiating a legal contract: A case study from Turkey. English for Specific Purposes 44: 68-81.

Jones, A. and Sin, S. (2018). Ethical positioning in the self-reflective accounts of professional accountants. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (JALPP) 13(1-3). Special Issue.

I continue translating and analysing grammatically Mekeo, Kuni and Motu folktales, legends and myths. A paper on Mekeo mythology and core values appeared in 2014: 'Mythic origins of moral evil: Moral fatalism and the tragic self-conception of the Mekeo (Journal of the Polynesian Society 122(4): 333-371). Another paper, 'Disparate dimensions of the Mekeo socio-moral order', appeared in TAJA in 2015. 


Anthony Townley PhD. Analysis of Authentic Legal Negotiation Discourse: Towards and ELP Pedagogy.

Mahmud Khan PhD. Medium of Instruction (MOI) Policy as a Symptom of Nationhood: A Critical Analysis of MOI Policy Discourse in Malaysia. 

Kong Wo Tang PhD.  A Critical Study of Discourse and Interaction in the Australian Migration Review Tribunal (MRT).

Kevin Knight PhD. Discourses of Leadership in Educational Institutions.

Dana Skopal PhD. Exploring the Concept of Communicative Expertise: The Relationship between Features of the Written Text and Perceptions of Readability.

Janet Brady PhD. A Discourse Approach to the Interactions and Learning that Accompany the Transition to Management.

Jihuan (Ally) Xu PhD. The temporal (re-)construal of experience: How native speakers of English and advanced Chinese learners select and interpret simple past/present tenses.

David Rear PhD. The Challenge of Higher Education in Japan: Perceptions of Human Resource Managers regarding the Attributes, Skills and Competencies of Graduates from Japanese Universities.

Heather Jackson PhD. Trust Work: Discursive Investigations of How Trust is Established, Developed and Evidenced in Organisation-Stakeholder Relationships.

Several of my published and unpublished works can be downloaded from my academia.edu web page: https://mq.academia.edu/AlanJones or from Researchgate.

Researcher's projects

I am a consultant on the following funded research project:

Towards Maximising Graduate Employment Competitiveness in the National Asia Capable Workforce: Honing Transcultural Capabilities and Skills. (Strategic Priority Grant, Macquarie University)

PI: Dr Samantha Sin, Macquarie University.

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