Rosey Billington is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, affiliated with The University of Melbourne Phonetics Laboratory and the Research Unit for Indigenous Language. Her main research interest is the intersection of experimental phonetics and language documentation, and she is particularly interested in languages of the Pacific, Africa, and Australia.
Her current primary research project focuses on the phonetics of Nafsan, an Oceanic language of Vanuatu, and has recently extended to the sound systems of the Lelepa and Eton languages in Vanuatu. For her doctoral research, she investigated the phonetics and phonology of Lopit, an Eastern Nilotic language of South Sudan. She also maintains an interest in research on the phonetic characteristics of English varieties in Australia, and in creole languages of the Pacific and Africa, and is currently undertaking pilot work on the phonetics of Bislama. She is a co-founder of the Linguistics Roadshow, an educational and engagement program for high-school students. For more information on projects and publications see Rosey's web page, roseybillington.com.
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Acoustic evidence for right-edge prominence in Nafsan
Rosemary Billington, Janet Fletcher, Nick Thieberger, Ben Volchok
Journal article | 2020 | Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Oceanic languages are often described as preferring primary stress on penultimate syllables, but detailed surveys show that many d..
Phonetic evidence for phonotactic change in Nafsan (South Efate)
Rosemary Billington, Nick Thieberger, Janet Fletcher
Journal article | 2020 | Italian Journal of Linguistics
Nafsan, an Oceanic language of central Vanuatu, is notable for the complex phonotactic structures it exhibits compared to language..
The /el/-/æl/ merger in Australian English: Acoustic and articulatory insights
Chloé Diskin, Debbie Loakes, Rosemary Billington, Hywel Stoakes, Simón Gonzalez, Sam Kirkham
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | The /el/-/æl/ merger in Australian English: Acoustic and articulatory insights
This paper investigates a merger-in-progress of /e/-/æ/ in prelateral contexts for speakers of Australian English in Victoria. Twe..
Building capacity for community-led documentation in Erakor, Vanuatu
Ana Krajinović, Rosey Billington, Lionel Emil, Gray Kaltap̃au, Nick Thieberger
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | Building capacity for community-led documentation in Erakor, Vanuatu
Close collaboration between community members and visiting researchers offers mutual benefits, including opportunities for new res..
Pronunciation and Comprehension in English as a Lingua Franca communication: Effect of L1 influence in International Aviation Communication
H Kim, R BILLINGTON
Journal article | 2018 | Applied Linguistics
This article explores the issues of pronunciation and comprehension in the English as a lingua franca (ELF) context of pilot–air t..
Acoustic correlates of prominence in Nafsan
R Billington, Janet Fletcher, Nick Thieberger, Ben Volchok
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | Proceedings of the 17th Australasian International Speech Science and Technology Conference
Though Oceanic languages are often described as preferring primary stress on penultimate syllables, many different patterns have b..
Homogeneity vs heterogeneity in Indian English: Investigating influences of L1 on f0 range
O Maxwell, E Payne, R Billington
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | 19th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH 2018): Speech Research for Emerging Markets in Multilingual Societies
We present an exploratory analysis of several long-term distributional measures of f0 range in the speech of university-educated s..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
New Researcher Award
New Researcher Award
Graduate Student of the Year
Languages And Linguistics
International Phonetic Association
Association for Laboratory Phonology
Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association
Australian Linguistic Society
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Linguistics