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Department of Linguistics

Dr Annabelle Lukin

Research Fellow - Centre for Language and Social Life and Lecturer
BA (History and Sociology) UQ, MA (Spanish and Latin American Studies) UNSW, Dip Ed (History and TESOL) US, Grad Cert (TESOL) UTS, Grad Dip (Education Studies) (With Merit) US, PhD (Linguistics) Macquarie.

Annabelle is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in the Centre for Language in Social Life (CLSL). The CLSL specializes in the study of language in its social context, drawing on a range of sociolinguistic theories but with a particular basis in systemic functional linguistics. Annabelle specializes in (critical) discourse analysis from a systemic functional linguistic perspective. 

Her research topics include media discourse, educational linguistics and the study of verbal art; her theoretical interests include the relation of text to context, studies of texture and text structure, and the description of meaning from the perspective of systemic functional linguistics.  As a Macquarie University Postdoctoral Fellow, she studied the coverage of the 2003 'Caolition' invasion of Iraq. In her PhD, she investigated the study of literature in high school, and the processes by which theoretical knowledge is recontextualised in syllabus documents and enacted in educational practices. She was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's commendation for a thesis of 'exceptional merit'.

Research Interests

Annabelle researches and supervises in discourse analysis of Spanish, including media and literary texts. More recently she has begun to work on bringing stylistics and translation theories together.

She curates the SFL linguists group on the video hosting site VIMEO ( She has also contributed a series of lectures to accompany An Introduction to Functional Grammar, by Halliday and Matthiessen (Arnold, 2004), which can be viewed here:

Annabelle is actively committed to bringing linguistics to the general public, and has produced pieces for media as diverse as ABC Radio National (Ockham's Razor and Perspective), The Drum, The Conversation, D!ssent magazine, Education Links, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Australian, and has been interviewed on Sydney's 702, Melbourne's 3AK, Triple J and Radio National's Life Matters programme. She is also an active Wikipedian, and has either written or substantially contributed to a number of entries relating to linguistics, including those on Ferdinand de Saussure MAK Halliday, Ruqaiya Hasan, and systemic functional linguistics.

Previously, Annabelle has worked in language and literacy education, as a teacher, materials writer and curriculum developer, with ESL and Aboriginal tertiary preparation students.



Williams, G. & Lukin, A. (Eds). 2004. The Development of Language: Functional Perspectives on species and individuals. London & New York: Continuum Press.

Book chapters and articles (in press)

Lukin, A. in press. (accepted Feb 2012). A linguistics of style: Halliday on literature. In The Continuum Companion to M.A.K. Halliday. Edited by J.J. Webster. London and New York: Continuum.

Lukin, A. in press (accepted Dec 2010). Creating a parallel universe: mode and the textual function in the study of one news story. In Bowcher and Smith. Recent Studies in Systemic Phonology. London: Equinox.

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Book chapters/articles/conference proceedings (published)

Lukin, A. 2013. The meanings of war: from lexis to culture. Journal of Language and Politics. 12 (3): 424-444.

Lukin, A. 2013. What do texts do? The context-construing work of news. In G. Thompson. Special Issue of Text and Talk. 4-5 (Aug 2013). pp 523-552.

Lukin, A. 2013. Journalism, ideology and linguistics: the paradox of Chomsky's linguistic legacy and his 'propaganda model'. Journalism: theory practice critique, 14(1): 96-110.

Lukin, A. 2012. Meanings in questions: a case study of the ABC's current affairs coverage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. In T. Bartlett and H. Chen (Eds). Special Issue of Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. 9 (1). [Actual publication date 2013].

Lukin, A and A Pagano. 2012. Context and double articulation in the translation of verbal art. In J. Knox, (Ed). To Boldly Proceed, 39th International Systemic Functional Linguistics Congress, UTS, Sydney. pp 123-128.

Lukin, A. 2012. The valeur of questions: semantic networks as a tool for discourse analysis. In J. Knox, (Ed). To Boldly Proceed, 39th International Systemic Functional Linguistics Congress, UTS, Sydney. pp 141-146.

Lukin, A. and G. Williams. 2012. Ruqaiya Hasan. Entry for The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Edited by Carol Chapell. Wiley Blackwell.

Lukin, A. 2010a. 'News' and 'register': a preliminary investigation. In A. Mahboob & N. Knight (Eds). Appliable Linguistics: texts, contexts and meanings. New York and London: Continuum.

Lukin, A. 2010b. Translating Modernist Preoccupations. In C. Wu, M. Herke, & C.M.I.M. Matthiessen (Eds). Proceedings of Voices around the World, 35th International Systemic Functional Linguistics Congress held at Macquarie University, Sydney (Vol. 2).

Lukin, A, Moore, A, Herke, M, Wegener, R, Wu, C. 2010[2008]. Halliday's model of register revisited and explored. In Linguistics and the Human Sciences. 4 (2). [Article appeared in 2010, in 2008 edition of journal].

Butt, D and Lukin, A. 2009. Stylistic analysis and arguments against randomness. Continuum Companion to Systemic Functional Linguistics. Edited by M.A.K. Halliday and Jonathan Webster. London and New York: Continuum.

Lukin, A. 2008a. Reading literary texts: beyond personal responses. In Reading across the content areas: towards a linguistically informed reading pedagogy, Schlepegrell, Mary J. and Zhihui Fang. University of Michigan Press.

Lukin, A. 2008b. Journalistic voice, register and contextual configuration: A case study from the Spanish and Argentinean press. Communicating conflict: multilingual case studies of of the news media, Thompson, E & P.R.R. White (Eds). London & New York: Continuum. pp 143-172.

Lukin, A. 2008c. The explanatory power of the SFL dimensions for the study of news discourse. In C. Wu, C.M.I.M. Matthiessen & M. Herke (Eds.). Proceedings of ISFC 35: Voices Around the World (Vol. 1, pp.106-111). Sydney: The 35th ISFC Organizing Committee. ISBN 978-0-9804447-1-8.

Hasan, R., Cloran, C., Williams, G., and Lukin, A. 2007. "Meaning as choice: on semantic networks". Continuing Discourse on Language. London: Equinox.

Lukin, A. 2006a [appeared in 2008]. "The unseen engineer: linguistic patterning in war discourse". Linguistics and the Human Sciences. Volume 2, No. 1. pp 59-88.

Lukin, A. 2006b. Review of Shoot First and Ask Questions Later: The Media Coverage of the 2003 Iraq War, by Justin Lewis, Rod Brookes, Nick Mosdell, Terry Threadgold, Peter Lang, 2006. Linguistics and the Human Sciences.

Lukin, A. 2006c. "What is media 'bias'? A case study of Aljazeera's reporting of the Iraq war". Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism. Vol 1, pp 65-80.

Lukin, A. 2005a. Review of Richardson, John E. (2004). (Mis)Representing Islam: The racism and rhetoric of British broadsheet newspapers. Linguistics and the Human Sciences. Vol 1 Number 3.

Lukin, A. 2005b. "Grammar and Ideology in Reporting War", ...That is the Question: Answers from the Humanities, Third Edition. Allen, P, Almonte, P, Cox, H, Christiansen, R. (eds). Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing.

Lukin, A. 2005c. "Information warfare: the Grammar of Talking War", Social Alternatives. Vol 24, no. 1, pp 5-10.

Lukin, A. 2005d. "Mapping media bias: a multidimensional affair", Australian Journalism Review. Vol 27, no 1, pp139-155.

Lukin, A. 2005e. "A grammar of life: in dialogue with Don Watson's Death Sentence", Arena. New Series, No. 23, pp111-127.

Lukin, A & Webster, J. 2005. "Systemic functional linguistics and the study of literature". Continuing Discourse on Language. London: Equinox. pp 413-456.

Matthiessen, C.M.I.M., Lukin, A., Butt, D., Clereigh, C., & Nesbitt, C. 2005. "A case study of multistratal analysis", Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. No. 19, pp123-150.

Lukin, A. 2004. "Studying literature, studying language", in Teaching Grammar: Diverse Voices, edited by Samad, A.A., Selangor: Universiti Putra Malaysia Publishers. pp 71-87.

Butt, D.G., Lukin, A., & Matthiessen, C.I.M.M. 2004. "Grammar as Covert Operation", Special 9/11 volume of Discourse and Society, 15 (2-3), edited by Edwards, J., B. Hawkins, & J.R. Martin. pp 267-290.

Lukin, A. & Williams, G. 2004. "Emerging language", in The Development of Language: Functional Perspectives on Species and Individuals, Williams G. & A. Lukin (Eds). London & New York: Continuum Press. pp 1-14.

Lukin, A., Butt, D.G., & Matthiessen, C.I.M.M. 2004. "Reporting War: A View from Linguistics" in Pacific Journalism Review (special edition, papers from the Public Right to Know Conference, Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, 2003). Vol 10, No 1,  April 2004. pp 58-74.

Lukin, A. 2003. "Grammar and the study of poetry", in Grammar and the Classroom, RELC Anthology, SEAMEO, Singapore. pp 228-246.

Lukin, A. 1998 (a). "Contextualising numeracy: abstract tools at the coal face" in Literacy and Numeracy Studies: an international journal on adult and vocational education, Vol 8, No 1, pp67-80. Republished in Kelly S.,  B. Johnston, & K. Yasukawa (Eds). 2003. The Adult Numeracy Handbook: Reframing Adult Numeracy in Australia. ALNARC and Language Australia: Melbourne.

Lukin, A & Ross, L. 1997 (b). "Integrating literacy and numeracy into the classroom", in At the Coalface, conference papers of the NSW Adult Literacy and Numeracy Council Inc. University of Newcastle, 1996.

Lukin, A. 1996. "Assessment and the Numeracy Competencies of Certificates I, II and III in Literacy and Numeracy" in Interchange, Journal of NSW AMES, No. 30, September 1996.

Lukin, A. 1995 (a). Interview with Dr Geoff Williams, "Shop Talk: Theme and Rheme" in Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers (SPELD) Newsletter, Vol X, No.4, December 1995.

Lukin, A. 1995 (b). "Functional grammar in the classroom" in Teacher's Voices: exploring course design in a changing curriculum, Burns, A. & S. Hood (Eds). NCELTR, 1995.

Lukin, A. 1995 (c). "Reviews: New resources on functional grammar for teachers", in Interchange, Journal of NSW AMES, No. 27 April 1995.

Lukin, A. 1994 (a). "Functional Grammar and Dictogloss: What does 'good grammar' really mean?" in Tesol in Context, Vol 4, No 2, 1994.

Lukin, A. 1994 (b). "Why Numeracy?" in Interchange, Journal of NSW AMES, No. 26, December 1994.

Teaching resources:

Joyce, H. & Lukin, A. 1999. CSWE II Workbook , a workbook for intermediate ESL students, plus cassette.

Cornish, S. & Lukin, A. 1998. Teaching Casual Conversation: Story-telling, NSW AMES. (Video and teacher materials).

Lukin, A. & Ross, L. 1997 (a). The Numeracy Handbook, NSW AMES and NCELTR.

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