Professor Robert Mailhammer

Linguistics (School of Humanities and Communication Arts)Robert Mailhammer

Research Program: Speech and Language


Before joining the School of Humanities and Communication Arts as Lecturer in Linguistics and as a member of MARCS, Robert held positions in the US (Arizona State University), Australia (Australian National University) and in Germany (University of Munich and Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt).

Robert's range of research interests is very broad with concentrations on Historical Linguistics, Language Documentation, Phonetics & Phonology and Morphology.

Research Interests

  • Documentation of Amurdak, an Indigenous Australian language
  • The phonetics of retroflex consonants
  • Origin and implementation of syllable cut prosody
  • Development of the Passive in English and German
  • Plural marking in Quechan, a Native American language
  • Languages in prehistoric Europe

Qualifications and Honours

  • Ph.D. in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Munich (2007)M.A. in German and English Linguistics and German Literature, Munich (2002)
  • Visiting Fellow, Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University (December 2010-January 2011, July 2011)
  • Visiting Fellow, Australian National University (since 2009)
  • Doctoral Grant, German Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) (2003-2005)
  • Doctoral Fellowship Linguistik Internationales Promotions-Programm (LIPP), University of Munich (2003-2005)
  • Doctoral Grant (LMU Graduiertenförderung), University of Munich (2002-2003)

Contact Robert

Phone +61 2 9772 6189
Location Western Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)
Room 7.G.17