Ingrid Piller

Distinguished Professor Ingrid Piller

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2017
  • Section(s): Linguistics


Ingrid Piller is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, where she previously served as Executive Director of the Adult Migrant English Program Research Centre (AMEP RC). Over the course of her international career, she has also held appointments at universities in Germany, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and USA.

Ingrid Piller is an applied sociolinguist with research expertise in intercultural communication, language learning, multilingualism, and bilingual education. Her research focuses on the way in which language entrenches disadvantage and inequality in contexts of migration and globalisation. She is the author of the multi-award-winning Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2016) and the bestselling Intercultural Communication (Edinburgh University Press, 2nd ed. 2017). Ingrid won a 2018 Anneliese Maier Research Award from the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation – the only Australian recipient.

Ingrid Piller serves as editor-in-chief of the international sociolinguistics journal Multilingua (De Gruyter Mouton) and edits the sociolinguistics portal Language on the Move, through which many of her publications and those of her team, including their research blog, can be accessed. Ingrid tweets about linguistic diversity at @lg_on_the_move

Acknowledgement of Country

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