Dr Louisa Willoughby

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

I am a sociolinguist/ applied linguist based in Melbourne, Australia. I am interested in how people use minority languages in Australian society and issues people who speak these languages may face in education and health settings. Much of my recent work looks at Deaf sign language users, but I also have a strong interest in migrant languages, especially for small and newly-arrived migrant groups.

A theme running through my work is how language and identity are intertwined and how linguistic practices emerge from social interactions and institutions. I am particularly interested in the adolescent life-stage and have conducted and supervised numerous research projects on language behaviour and language attitudes among groups of teenagers.

You can find out more about my research by clicking on these headings:

Deaf studies/ sign language linguistics

Migrant languages

Language and adolescence

I believe strongly in the importance of researchers building links with policy-making organisations in order to allow insights from research to flow in to policy and vice versa. I have a track record of over 10 years of research consultancy with government and non-government agencies, including the Victorian Deaf Education Institute (a branch of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development), Department of Human Services (Victoria), Victorian Multicultural Commission and Australian Federation of Deaf Societies. For more information on my research consultancies and skills please see this page.

You can find a full list of my research publications here. I also use academia.edu to disseminate pre-prints of many of my publications – you can find me at https://monash.academia.edu/LouisaWilloughby