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Professor Ian Malcolm

Emeritus Academic

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6291
Mobile: 0435 622 784
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML10.303  


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 1981.
  • Bachelor of Arts (first class honours), The University of Western Australia, 1961.
  • Diploma of Education, The University of Western Australia, 1961.
  • , Other WA higher ed institution, 1961.
  • Associateship of Speech & Drama, Other WA higher ed institution, 1959.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Malcolm, I., (2018), Australian Aboriginal English: Change and Continuity in an Adopted Language. Dialects of English, 279, Boston/Berlin, De Gruyter Mouton.

Book Chapters

  • Malcolm, I., (2017), Terms of Adoption: Cultural Conceptual Factors Underlying the Adoption of English for Aboriginal Communication. Advances in Cultural Linguistics, 625-659, Singapore, Singapore, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-4056-6.

Journal Articles

  • Malcolm, I., (2018), The representation of Aboriginal cultural conceptualisations in an adopted English. International Journal of Language and Culture, 5(1), 66-93, John Benjamins Publishing Company, DOI: 10.1075/ijolc.00002.mal.
  • Malcolm, I., (2017), Embedding cultural conception within an adopted language: The English of Aboriginal Australia. International Journal of Language and Culture, 4(2), 149-169, USA, John Benjamins Publishing Company .
  • Malcolm, I., (2017), Embedding cultural conceptualization within an adopted language. International Journal of Language and Culture, 4(2), 149-169, Amsterdam/Philadelphia, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/ijolc.4.2.02mal.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An enthnography of writing: The writing practices of female Australian indigenous adolescents at school.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Pedagogic approaches and cultural scripts: The use of talk during shared literacy lessons in three primary two classrooms in Singapore
  • Master by Research: Ethnographic description of English corners in Shanghai
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Film dialogue translation and the intonation unit: towards equivalent effect in English and Chinese
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Searching for the semantic boundaries of the japanese colour term 'ao'.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Chinese and Australian conversational styles: A comparative sociolinguistic study of overlap and listener response
  • Doctor of Philosophy: Politeness and paradigms of family: a perspective on the development of communicative competence in the Japanese ESL speaker
  • Doctor of Philosophy: English as an international language: A sociolinguistic analysis of the Japanese experience
  • Doctor of Philosophy: An investigation of schemas and word association in speakers of Aboriginal English

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy: A study of subject omission in the spoken language of Indonesian primary schoolchildrenN
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