Professor Ilana Mushin


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


I am a linguist whose 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 First Nations Languages.

I am currently a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project 'Conversational interaction in Aboriginal and Remote Australia' (CIARA -

Author of:

  • Articles on interactions between discourse and grammar in Garrwa and other Australian First Nations Languages, including A Grammar of (Western) Garrwa. Mouton De Gruyter. 2012
  • Publications on epistemics and evidential pragmatics, including Evidentiality and Epistemological Stance: Narrative Retelling. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 2001
  • Publications on Aboriginal English in Queensland Aboriginal Communities
  • Publications on classroom interaction in Early Years and First Nations schooling.

Editor of:

  • Interactional Linguistics (Journal co-edited with Prof. Simona Pekarek Doehler,
  • 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)


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University at Buffalo


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Blythe, Joe and Mushin, Ilana (2023). Discourse and social interaction. The Oxford guide to Australian languages. (pp. 538-547) edited by Claire Bowern. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198824978.003.0045

  • Theobald, Maryanne, Busch, Gillian, Mushin, Ilana, O’Gorman, Lyndal, Nielson, Cathy, Radanovic, Shelley, Briant, Elizabeth, Curtis, Lisa, Mirah, Erin, Rana, Louise, Moore, Tyler and Danby, Susan (2023). Children as citizens of a global society. International perspectives on educating for democracy in early childhood. (pp. 297-320) edited by Stacy Lee DeZutter. New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003229568-23

  • 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. Language practices of Indigenous children and youth: the transition from home to school. (pp. 237-269) edited by Gillian Wigglesworth, Jane Simpson and Jill Vaughan. 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. Between Turn and Sequence Turn-initial particles across languages. (pp. 119-153) edited by John Heritage and Marja-Leena Sorjonen. 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. Children's knowledge-in-interaction: studies in conversation analysis. (pp. 13-36) edited by Amanda Bateman and Amelia Church. 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. Doing research within communities: stories and lessons from language and education field research. (pp. 105-114) edited by Kerry Taylor-Leech and Donna Starks. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315628875-12

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

  • Mushin, Ilana, Angelo, Denise and Munro, Jennifer M. (2016). Same but different: understanding language contact in Queensland Indigenous settlements. Land and language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country. (pp. 383-408) edited by Jean-Christophe Verstraete and Diane Hafner. 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. Leadership in diverse learning contexts. (pp. 289-309) edited by Johnson, Greer and Dempster, Neil. 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. Evidentiality in Interaction. (pp. 103-126) edited by Janis Nuckolls and Lev Michael. Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi: 10.1075/bct.63.07mus

  • Mushin, Ilana (2014). Liminal pronoun systems: evidence from Garrwa. Language description informed by theory. (pp. 99-122) edited by Rob Pensalfini, Myfany Turpin and Diana Guillemin. 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. Pedagogies to enhance learning for indigenous students: evidence-based practice. (pp. 89-104) edited by Robyn Jorgensen, Peter Grootenboer and Peter Sullivan. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-4021-84-5_6

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

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

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

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

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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

  • McDinny, Dinny, Rory, Don, Rory, Eileen, Shadforth, Kathleen, George, Doreen, Dixon, Thelma, Dixon, Roy, Dixon, Lena, Keighran, Marjorie, Mawson, Peggy, Baker, Katie, Mawson, Daphne, Charlie, Miriam, Godfrey, Hazel, Simon, Shirley, Baker, Alan, Kidd, William, Noble, Muldoon, McDinny, Linda, Rogers, Alan, Mushin, Ilana, Stuckey, Ben and Wightman, Glenn (2021). Garrwa, Gunindirri and Gudanji Plants and Animals: Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge from the Gulf of Carpentaria, North Australia. Borroloola, NT, Australia: Northern Territory Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security.

  • Round, Erich, Mushin, Ilana, Alvey, Elizabeth, Yu, Fei and Hornsby, Eric (2015). Indigenous voices of Queensland. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision