PROF Gillian Wigglesworth

PROF Gillian Wigglesworth


  • Bilingualism
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Indigenous children's language
  • Interlanguage Pragmatics
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Multilingualism
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Second Language Pedagogy



  • Professor Gillian Wigglesworth is Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. She is also Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and leader of the Melbourne node She is coordinator of the Learning Program in the CoE. With an extensive background in first and second language acquisition and bilingualism, her major research focus is on the languages Indigenous children living in remote communities are learning, and how these interact with English once they attend school. She is very widely published in international journals and books, and has edited or authored nine books including Ng, B.C. & Wigglesworth, G. 2007. Bilingualism, an advanced resource book. London, Routledge, and Simpson, J. & Wigglesworth, G. (Eds.) 2008. Children’s language and multilingualism: Indigenous language use at home and school. UK, Continuum International.   


Member of

  • ARC College, Humanities and Creative Arts Panel, Australian Research Council. Ozreader 2011 - 2013
  • International Language Testing Association. Board Member of ILTA 2006 - 2008


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Professor Wigglesworth has a number of research projects focusing on Indigenous children’s language and related topics funded by the Australian Research Council and other funding bodies: • Language Acquisition in Murrinhpatha (with Rachel Nordlinger, Barbara Kelly, Joe Blythe, Bill Forshaw and Lucinda Davidson) • The Aboriginal Child Language Acquisition project (with Jane Simpson, Sally Dixon, Gemma Morales, Susan Poetsch and Aidan Wilson) • An investigation of the impact of NAPLAN testing on children in remote Indigenous communities (with Ute Knoch, Tim McNamara, Susy Macqueen, Rachel Nordlinger, Jenny Green, Ruth Singer and Brett Baker)   


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 1993
  • DipEd, La Trobe University 1982



Available for supervision

  • Y