SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Professor Anne Pauwels

PhD (Monash)
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Professor Anne Pauwels
Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Professorial Research Associate

Professor Anne Pauwels
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Anne Pauwels is Professor of Sociolinguistics at SOAS, I was Head of the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham. Before that I worked for nearly 30 years in Australian Universities including the Universities of Western Australia, Wollongong, New England and Monash .

My first degree was in Germanic Philology, University of Antwerp (Belgium). I gained an MA and a PhD from Monash University, Australia. My dissertations were concerned with questions of language contact and multilingualism in Australia. I held the Foundation Chair of Linguistics at the University of New England and in 1995 I was elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia [FASSA].

My research deals with the social and sociolinguistic aspects of language and communication, with particular attention to multilingual and transnational settings. My main research foci include multilingualism, language maintenance/shift, language policy in relation to language learning in schools and universities as well as various aspects of the relationship between gender and language.

My most recent book publications include Language and Communication: Diversity and Change (2007, Mouton De Gruyter), Maintaining minority languages in a transnational context (2007, Palgrave Macmillan) and Boys and language learning (2008/2005, Palgrave Macmillan). My publications output to date includes over 100 refereed articles and book chapters as well as 17 books (authored and edited). I have held several research grants in the area of multilingualism, language contact and gender and language. My current research focuses on two areas, (1) multilingualism and Australian diaspora and (2) multilingualism in the academy.

My linguistic activism is focused on the promotion of the learning of languages in education, in particular the learning of community and minority languages, and on assisting minority/migrant communities in their language maintenance efforts as well as on addressing issues of race and gender in communication.


Programmes Convened
PhD Students supervised
  • Miriam Weidl, Loo wax!? [What did you say!?] The use of Wolof in multilingual conversations in the Casamance, Senegal¿ the dynamicity of linguistic 'systems'
  • Aiko Otsuka, Pragmatic strategies in face-to-face interactions and emails by Japanese speakers and Japanese Sign Language users: Focus on Japanese Sign Language users' use of Japanese and their perceptions
  • Chesea Krajcik, A window into the multilingual mind: exploring deictic gestures and spatial language in Casamance, Senegal
  • Heather Ayn Todd, Ethnobiological inventories of a multilingual community in Cameroon
  • Martha Tsutsui, A Documentation and Description of Disappearing Predicates in Southern Amami-Ōshima
  • Meriem Sallemine,
  • Miho Zlazli,
  • Nahida Ahmed,
  • Samantha Goodchild, Multilingual repertoires and linguistic practices at the 'linguistic crossroads' of Brin, Djibonker and Mof Avvi, Casamance, Senegal [working title]

I contribute to the teaching of courses in applied linguistics and sociolinguistics.


My research expertise and interests include multilingualism; language maintenance &shift;language policy and language planning in relation to education, multilingual societies, gender/ethnicity; gender and language; applied linguistics, intercultural communication.

I am happy to supervise students interested in these and related topics.

Inaugural Lecture

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Prof Anne Pauwels Inaugural Lecture: Politics of Multilingualism and Language Learning: Who Benefits?


Authored Books

Pauwels, Anne (2016) Language maintenance and shift. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Carr, Jo and Pauwels, Anne (2008) Boys and foreign language learning. London: Macmillan.

Pauwels, Anne (1998) Women changing language. London ; New York: Longman.

Pauwels, Anne and Eades, Diana and Harkins, Jean (1997) Development of sociocultural understandings through the study of languages. Adelaide: DECS, SA.

Pauwels, Anne (1995) Cross-cultural communication in the Health Sciences: Communicating with migrant patients. Melbourne: Macmillan.

Kipp, Sandra and Clyne, Michael and Pauwels, Anne (1995) Immigration and Australia's language resources. Canberra: AGPS.

Cope, Bill and Pauwels, Anne (1994) Local diversity, global connections: Six approaches to cross-cultural training. Canberra: AGPS.

Fernandez, Sue and Pauwels, Anne (1993) Unlocking Australia's language potential: German. Canberra: National Languages and Literacy Institute.

Pauwels, Anne and Jansen, Connie (1993) Raising children bilingually in Australia. Melbourne: Monash University, Language & Society Centre.

Howard, Nicholas and Moore, Helen and Pauwels, Anne (1993) Languages at the crossroads: the report of the National Enquiry into the Employment and Supply of Teachers of Languages Other than English. Melbourne: National Languages and Literacy Institute of Australia.

Pauwels, Anne (1991) Non-discriminatory language. Canberra: AGPS.

Pauwels, Anne (1986) Immigrant dialects and language maintenance in Australia: The cases of the Limburg and Swabian. Dordrecht: Foris Publications.


Pauwels, Anne (2014) 'The teaching of languages at university in the context of super-diversity'. International Journal of Multilingualism, (11) 3, pp 307-319.

Pauwels, Anne (2011) 'Risking or boosting masculinity? Men’s language choices in multilingual settings'. Applied Linguistics Review, (2), pp 147-168.

Pauwels, Anne (2011) 'Planning for a global lingua franca: challenges for feminist language planning in English(es) around the world'. Current Issues in Language Planning, (12) 1, pp 9-19.

Pauwels, Anne (2011) 'Future directions for the learning of languages in universities: challenges and opportunities'. Language Learning Journal, (39) 2, pp 247-257.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2007) 'House husbands and part-time mothers: The politics of naming reform in the gendered spheres of home and work'. Current Issues in Language Planning, (8) 3, pp 404-421.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2007) 'Missing me and Msing the other: Courtesy titles for women in Englishes'. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, (30) 8, pp 1-17.

Winter, Joanne and Pauwels, Anne (2006) 'Language maintenance in friendships: second-generation German, Greek, and Vietnamese migrants'. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, (2006) 18, pp 123-139.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2006) 'Grammar rules OK!: Linguistic perscriptivism vs linguistic discrimination in the classroom'. Language and Education, (20) 2, pp 128-140.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2006) 'Men staying at home looking after their children: Masculinities and gender inclusive language reform'. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, (16) 1, pp 16-36.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2006) ''Trajectories of Agency' and discursive identities in education: a critical site in feminist language planning'. Current Issues in Language Planning, (17) 2&3, pp 171-198.

Pauwels, Anne (2005) 'Maintaining the community language in Australia: The role and challenges for families'. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, (8) 2, pp 124-131.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2005) 'Education and gender-inclusive language practices in English: Evidence from Singapore'. Asian Journal of English Language Teaching, (15), pp 1-24.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2005) 'Gender in the construction and transmission of ethnolinguistic identities and language maintenance in immigrant Australia'. Australian Journal of Linguistics, (25) 1, pp 153-168.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2004) 'Generic pronouns and gender-inclusive language reform in the English of Singapore and the Philippines'. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, (27) 2, pp 50-62.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2004) 'Gender-inclusive langauge reform in educational writing in Singapore and the Philippines: A corpus-based approach'. Asian Englishes. An International Journal of the Sociolinguistics of English in Asia/Pacific, (7) 1, pp 4-21.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2003) 'Mapping trajectories of change - Women's and men's practices and experiences of feminist linguistic reform in Australia'. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, (26) 1, pp 19-37.

Pauwels, Anne (2002) 'Languages in the university sector at the start of the third millennium'. Babel: International Journal of Translation, (37) 2, pp 16-38.

Pauwels, Anne (2001) 'Non-sexist language reform and generic pronouns in Australian English'. English World Wide, (22) 1, pp 105-119.

Pauwels, Anne and Wrighston-Turcotte, Kellinde (2001) 'Pronoun choice and feminist language change in the Australian media'. Australian Journal of Communication, (28) 1, pp 69-82.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2001) 'Gender and language contact research'. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, (20) 6, pp 508-522.

Pauwels, Anne (1997) 'Of 'Handy Men' and 'Waitpersons': A linguistic evaluation of job classifieds'. Australian Journal of Communication, (24) 1, pp 58-69.

Pauwels, Anne (1996) 'Language, gender and social change. Selecting and evaluating strategies for linguistic equality in Dutch and German'. Language, gender and sexism, (7) 1, pp 97-122.

Pauwels, Anne (1996) 'Language policy and linguistic minorities in multicultural Australia'. Antwerp Papers in Linguistics, (87), pp 40-51.

Pauwels, Anne (1995) 'Linguistic practices and language maintenance amoung bilingual women and men in Australia'. Nordlyd, (23), pp 21-50.

Pauwels, Anne (1994) 'Current trends in research on communication in cross-cultural professional work place settings: Some introductory remarks'. Multilingua, (13) 1-2, pp 7-11.

Pauwels, Anne (1994) 'Applying linguistic insights in intercultural communication to professional training programs: An Australian case study'. Multilingua, (13) 1-2, pp 195-212.

Pauwels, Anne (1993) 'Language planning and the sexes in Australia'. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, (10), pp 13-34.

Pauwels, Anne (1990) 'Health professionals' perceptions of communication difficulties in cross-cultural contexts'. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, (7), pp 93-111.

Pauwels, Anne (1988) 'Introduction: the future of ethnic languages in Australia'. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, (1988) 72, pp 5-14.

Pauwels, Anne (1988) 'Diglossic communities in transition: the cases of the Limburgs and Swabian speech communities in Australia'. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, (1988) 72, pp 85-100.

Pauwels, Anne (1987) 'Language and gender research in Australia'. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, (10) 2, pp 221-234.

Pauwels, Anne (1986) 'Diglossia, immigrant dialects and language maintenance in Australia'. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, (7) 1, pp 13-30.

Pauwels, Anne (1985) 'Australia as a multilingual nation'. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, (6), pp 78-99.

Pauwels, Anne (1984) 'The effect of exogamy on language maintenance in the Dutch Speaking community in Australia'. International Review of Applied Linguistics, (66), pp 1-24.

Edited Books or Journals

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne and Lo Bianco, Joseph, (eds.), (2007) Maintaining minority languages in transnational contexts: Australian and European Perspectives. London: Palgrave.

Hellinger, Marlis and Pauwels, Anne, (eds.), (2007) Language and Communication: Diversity and Change.. Berlin: Mouton-De Gruyter. (Handbooks of Applied Linguistics).

Pauwels, Anne, (ed.), (1994) Cross-cultural communication in the professions. Berlin: Mouton-De Gruyter.

Pauwels, Anne, (ed.), (1990) Cross-cultural Communication in the Professions in Australia. Melbourne: ALAA. [Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, Series S].

Pauwels, Anne, (ed.), (1988) The Future of Ethnic Languages in Australia. International Journal of the Sociology of Language Issue 72. Berlin: Mouton-De Gruyter.

Pauwels, Anne, (ed.), (1987) Women and Language in Australian and New Zealand Society. Mosman, N.S.W.: Australian Professional Publications.

Book Chapters

Pauwels, Anne (2018) 'Changing Perspectives on Language Maintenance and Shift in Transnational Settings: From Settlement to Mobility'. In: Hogan-Brun, Gabrielle and O’Rourke, Bernadette, (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Minority Languages and Communities. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 235-256.

Pauwels, Anne (2014) 'Rethinking the learning of languages in the context of globalization and hyperlingualism.'. In: Abendroth-Timmer, Dagmar and Henning, Eva, (eds.), Plurilingualism and multiliteracies: International research on identity construction in language education. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp 41-56.

Pauwels, Anne (2013) 'Challenges of globalisation and plurilingualism for the teaching of languages at university'. In: Derivry-Plard, Monique and Faure, Pascaline and Brudermann, Cedric, (eds.), Apprendre les langues à l'université au XXIème siècle. Paris: Riveneuve Editions, pp 19-38. [Inpress]

Sachdev, Itesh and Giles, Howard and Pauwels, Anne (2013) 'Accommodating multilinguality'. In: Bhatia, T.J. and Ritchie, William R., (eds.), Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley, pp 391-416.

Pauwels, Anne (2013) 'Dutch as a minority language in Australia: from birthplace to cyberspace.'. In: Hinskens, Frans and Taeldeman, Johan, (eds.), Language and space : an international handbook of linguistic variation / Vol. 3, Dutch. Berlin: Mouton-DeGruyter, pp 858-878.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2011) 'Generic pronouns and gender-inclusive language reform in the English of Singapore and the Philippines'. In: Bautista, Ma. Lourdes S, (ed.), Studies in Philippine English. Manila: Anvil, pp 145-158.

Pauwels, Anne (2010) 'Men, masculinities and feminist linguistic activism'. In: Holmes, Janet and Mara, Meredith, (eds.), Femininity, Feminism and Gendered Discourse: A Selected and Edited Collection of Papers from the Fifth International Language and Gender Association Conference (IGALA5). Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, pp 111-124.

Pauwels, Anne and Hellinger, Marlis (2007) 'Language Communication: Diversity and Change'. In: Pauwels, Anne and Hellinger, Marlis, (eds.), Language and Communication: diversity and change - An introduction. Berlin: Mouton-De Gruyter, pp 1-12.

Pauwels, Anne (2007) 'Managing and maintaining minority languages in the era of globalisation: Challenges for Europe and Australia'. In: Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne and Lo Bianco, Joseph, (eds.), Maintaining minority languages in transnational contexts. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 1-9.

Pauwels, Anne (2007) 'Maintaining a language other than English through higher education in Australia'. In: Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne and Lo Bianco, Joseph, (eds.), Maintaining minority languages in transnational contexts. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 107-123.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2007) 'Language maintenance and the second generation: Policies and practices'. In: Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne and Lo Bianco, Joseph, (eds.), Maintaining minority languages in transnational contexts. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 180-200.

Pauwels, Anne (2006) 'Australia and New Zealand/Austalien und Neuseeland'. In: Ammon, Ulrich and Dittmar, Norbert and Mattheier, Klaus J. and Trudgill, Peter, (eds.), An International Handbook of the Science of Language and Society. Volume 3. Berlin: Mouton-De Gruyter, pp 2025-2034.

Pauwels, Anne (2005) 'Language maintenance in a global context: An Afrikaans case study in Australia'. In: Alhaug, G and Moerck, E and Pedersen, E and Pedersen, A, (eds.), Mot rikare mål å trå. Oslo: Novus Forlag, pp 190-201.

Pauwels, Anne and Winter, Joanne (2005) 'Feminist linguistic activism in the 21st century: A view across the English speaking world'. In: McCafferty, Kevin and Bull, Tove and Kristin, Killie, (eds.), Conexts: Historical, Social, Linguistic studies in celebration of Toril Swan. Bern: Peter Lang, pp 107-127.

Pauwels, Anne (2004) 'Language maintenance'. In: Davies, Alan and Elder, Cathy, (eds.), Handbook of Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell, pp 719-737.

Pauwels, Anne (2004) 'Strengthening scholarship in language study in higher education'. In: Wigglesworth, Gillian, (ed.), Marking our difference: Languages in higher education in Australia and New Zealand. Melbourne: School of Languages and Linguistics, pp 9-21.

Pauwels, Anne (2003) 'Linguistic Sexism and Feminist Linguistic Activism'. In: Holmes, Janet and Meyerhoff, Miriam, (eds.), The handbook of language and gender. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, pp 550-570.

Pauwels, Anne (2001) 'Spreading the feminist word? A sociolinguistic study of feminist language change in Australian English: The case of the new courtesy title 'Ms''. In: Hellinger, Marlis and Bussmann, Hadumod, (eds.), Gender across languages. International perspectives of language variation and change. Volume 1. Amsterdam: Benjamins, pp 137-151.

Pauwels, Anne (2000) 'Inclusive language is good business. Gender, language and equality in the workplace'. In: Holmes, Janet, (ed.), Gendered speech in social context. Wellington: Victoria University Press, pp 134-151.

Pauwels, Anne (2000) 'Generic pronouns in the marketplace or shopping centre. Exploring the impact of non-sexist language policy on everyday speech'. In: Gunnarsdotter-Grönberg, Anna, (ed.), Sett och hört. Festschrift for Kerstin Nordenstam. Göteborg: Swedish Institute, Göteborg University, pp 270-276.

Pauwels, Anne (2000) 'Globalisation and the impact of teaching languages in Australia'. In: Liddicoat, Anthony and Crozet, Chantal, (eds.), Teaching languages - teaching cultures. Canberra: Language Australia, pp 19-26.

Pauwels, Anne and Clyne, Michael (1998) 'Dutch in Australia: Past, present and future trends'. In: Folmer, Jetske and Kroon, Sjaak, (eds.), Dutch overseas. Tilburg: Tilburg University Press.

Pauwels, Anne (1997) 'The role of gender in immigrant maintenance in Australia'. In: Wölck, Wolfgang and De Houwer, Annick, (eds.), Recent studies in contact linguistics. Bonn: Dümmler Verlag, pp 276-286.

Pauwels, Anne (1997) 'Non-sexist language policy debate in the Dutch speech community'. In: Braun, Friederike and Pasero, Ursula, (eds.), Communication of gender. Kommunikation von Geschlecht. Pfaffenweiler: Centaurus Verlag, pp 261-280.

Pauwels, Anne (1997) 'Managing multilingualism in Australia: Issues in language maintenance and intercultural communication affecting ethnolinguistics minorities'. In: Furukawa, C, (ed.), Individuals and communities - Living the differences. Tokyo: The National Language Research Institute, pp 89-103.

Pauwels, Anne (1996) 'Feminist language planning and titles for women. Some crosslinguistic perspectives'. In: Ammon, Ulrich and Hellinger, Marlis, (eds.), Constrastive sociolinguistics. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp 251-268.

Pauwels, Anne (1994) 'Swabian speech communities in Melbourne: A sociolinguistic discussion'. In: Berend, Nina and Mattheier, Klaus-Juergen, (eds.), Sprachinselforschung. Frankfurt/Bern: Peter Lang, pp 205-220.

Pauwels, Anne (1994) 'Non-discriminatory language'. Style Manual for authors, editors and printers, 5th edition. Canberra: Australian Government Publications, pp 121-144.

Pauwels, Anne (1993) 'Communicating across cultures: An Australian case study of language-related research on cross-cultural communication in medical encounters'. In: Boswood, T and Hoffmann, R and Tung, P, (eds.), Perspectives on English for professional communication. Hong Kong: City Polytechnic, pp 7-36.

Pauwels, Anne (1993) 'Languages and the sexes in Australia'. In: Schulz, Gerhard, (ed.), The languages of Australia. Canberra: Australian Academy of Humanities, pp 104-123.

Pauwels, Anne (1993) 'Gender and language reform in Australia'. In: Peters, Pam, (ed.), Style on the Move. North Ryde: Macquarie University, Dictionary Research Centre, pp 105-119.

Pauwels, Anne (1992) 'The status change of Dutch in Australia'. In: Ammon, Ulrich and Hellinger, Marlis, (eds.), The status change of languages. Berlin: Mouton-De Gruyter, pp 324-331.

Pauwels, Anne (1991) 'Gender differences in Australian English'. In: Romaine, Suzanne, (ed.), Language in Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 318-326.

Pauwels, Anne (1988) 'Problem Areas. Australia'. In: Ammon, Ulrich and Dittmar, Norbert and Mattheier, Klaus-Juergen, (eds.), Sociolinguistics. An international handbook of the science and language of society. Berlin: Walter dr Gruyter, pp 1244-1253.

Pauwels, Anne (1987) 'Language in Translation: The attitudes toward and use of 'Ms' by Australian women in the mid 1980s'. In: Pauwels, Anne, (ed.), Women and Language in Australia and New Zealand Society. Sydney: Australian Professional Publications, pp 129-154.

Pauwels, Anne (1987) 'The concept of diglossia in the study of language maintenance in Australia'. In: Veit, Walter, (ed.), Antipodische Aufklärungen. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp 349-360.

Pauwels, Anne (1985) 'The role of mixed marriages in language shift in the Dutch community'. In: Clyne, Michael, (ed.), Meeting place of languages. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, ANU, pp 39-55.

Pauwels, Anne (1984) 'Neue Funktionen des Dialekts in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Österreich'. In: Roberts, David, (ed.), Tendenzwenden. Aspekte des Kulturwandels der Siebziger Jahre. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp 135-148.


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