Mr Henry Leslie-O’Neill

Teaching areas:  Linguistics, Creative Writing, Education and Philosophy. 

Henry completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Linguistics in 2020. His Honours thesis investigated variation in Wumpurrarni English, a contact language spoken in the Northern Territory. Now he is continuing this research, as well as working and volunteering as a research assistant on various linguistic projects. He loves linguistics because of how central language is to society and because it allows him to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods in his research. He’s always up for a chat about whether bees have language, how grammar isn’t and shouldn’t be something set out by institutions, or why the anti-passive construction is still useful in non-ergative languages. Outside of linguistics, Henry spends his time bouldering, or playing soccer, netball, foosball or videogames. He’s also a keen-but-not-very-good guitarist, singer, zine-maker, poet, and filmmaker.