Associate Professor Ilana Mushin

Associate Professor

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56810


Research Interests include interactions between discourse, cognition and grammar, pragmatics, perspective-taking in discourse, Conversation Analysis, typology, narrative structure, language shift and language maintenance, Australian Aboriginal Languages.

Author of:

  • Articles on interactions between discourse and grammar in Garrwa and other Australian Languages, articles on evidential pragmatics in Macedonian, Japanese and English, articles on narrative retelling.
  • A Grammar of (Western) Garrwa. Berlin:Mouton De Gruyter. 2012
  • Evidentiality and Epistemological Stance: Narrative Retelling. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 2001

Editor of:

  • Discourse and Grammar in Australian Languages (With Brett Baker, Amsterdam: John Benjamins 2008)
  • Indigenous Language and Social Identity (With Brett Baker, Mark Harvey and Rod Gardner, Canberra:Pacific Linguistics, 2011)
  • Proceedings of the 2004 and 2006 annual meetings of the Australian Linguistics Society


  • Master of Arts, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne
  • Doctor of Philosophy, SUNY at Buffalo


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Book Chapter

  • Fraser, Henry, Mushin, Ilana, Meakins, Felicity and Gardner, Rod (2018). Dis, that and da other: variation in Aboriginal children's article and demonstrative use at school. In Gillian Wigglesworth, Jane Simpson and Jill Vaughan (Ed.), Language practices of Indigenous children and youth: the transition from home to school (pp. 237-269) London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/978-1-137-60120-9_10

  • Mushin, Ilana (2018). Diverging from 'business as usual'. Turn-initial ngala in Garrwa conversation. In Studies in language and social interaction (pp. 119-153) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/slsi.31.05mus

  • Gardner, Rod and Mushin, Ilana (2017). Epistemic trajectories in the classroom: how children respond in informing sequences. In Amanda Bateman and Amelia Church (Ed.), Children's knowledge-in-interaction: studies in conversation analysis (pp. 13-36) Singapore, Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-10-1703-2_2

  • Mushin, Ilana and Gardner, Rod (2016). Establishing connections: a tale of two communities. In Kerry Taylor-Leech and Donna Starks (Ed.), Doing research within communities: stories and lessons from language and education field research (pp. 105-114) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Mushin, Ilana and Watts, Janet (2016). Identifying the grammars of Queensland ex-government Reserves: the case of Woorie Talk. In Felicity Meakins and Carmel O'Shannessy (Ed.), Loss and Renewal: Australian Languages Since Colonisation (pp. 57-85) Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton.

  • Mushin, Ilana, Angelo, Denise and Munro, Jennifer M. (2016). Same but different: understanding language contact in Queensland Indigenous settlements. In Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Diane Hafner (Ed.), Land and language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country (pp. 383-408) Philadelphia, PA, United States: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/clu.18.18mus

  • Gardner, Rod and Mushin, Ilana (2016). The impact of interaction and language on leading learning in Indigenous classrooms. In Johnson, Greer and Dempster, Neil (Ed.), Leadership in diverse learning contexts (pp. 289-309) Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28302-9_15

  • Mushin, Ilana (2014). "Watching for witness": evidential strategies and epistemic authority in Garrwa conversation. In Janis Nuckolls and Lev Michael (Ed.), Evidentiality in Interaction (pp. 103-126) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/bct.63.07mus

  • Mushin, Ilana (2014). Liminal pronoun systems: evidence from Garrwa. In Rob Pensalfini, Myfany Turpin and Diana Guillemin (Ed.), Language description informed by theory (pp. 99-122) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/slcs.147.06mus

  • Gardner, Rod and Mushin, Ilana (2013). Language for learning in indigenous classrooms: foundations for literacy and numeracy. In Robyn Jorgensen, Peter Grootenboer and Peter Sullivan (Ed.), Pedagogies to enhance learning for indigenous students: evidence-based practice (pp. 89-104) Singapore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-981-4021-84-5_6

  • Mushin, Ilana and Gardner, Rod (2011). Turn management in Garrwa mixed-language conversations. In Brett Baker, Ilana Mushin, Mark Harvey and Rod Gardner (Ed.), Indigenous language and social identity: Papers in honour of Michael Walsh (pp. 207-221) Canberra, ACT, Australia: Pacific Linguistics.

  • Simpson, Jane and Mushin, Ilana (2008). Clause-initial position in four Australian languages. In Mushin, Ilana and Baker, Brett (Ed.), Discourse and Grammar in Australian Languages (pp. 25-57) Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

  • Baker, Brett and Mushin, Ilana (2008). Discourse and grammar in Australian languages. In Mushin, Ilana and Baker, Brett (Ed.), Discourse and Grammar in Australian Languages (pp. 1-23) Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

  • Mushin, Ilana (2008). Diverging paths: Variation in Garrwa tense/aspect clitic placement. In Mushin, Ilana and Baker, Brett (Ed.), Discourse and Grammar in Australian Languages (pp. 87-109) Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

  • Mushin, I (2006). Remembering another's experience: Epistemological stance and evaluation in narrative retelling. In H. Pishwa (Ed.), Language and Memory: Aspects of Knowledge Representation (pp. 387-408) Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

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Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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