BA (hons) (Stellenbosch), MPhil (Reading), PhD (ANU), MA (Oxon)

Professor Peter Mühlhäusler was the Foundation Professor of Linguistics at the University of Adelaide and a supernumerary fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. He specialises in language maintenance and language planning, ecolinguistics, pidgin and creole languages and intercultural communication. Recent projects include working on the languages of Norfolk Island and a cooperative Australian-German research project on the impact of German missionaries on the Indigenous Languages of Australia.

He has had a number of consultanies in the areas of educational linguistics, language planning and literacy.

  • 'What do Twins Studies Reveal About the Economic Returns to Education?: A Comparison of Australian and U.S. Findings', American Economic Review, Vol. 85, No. 3, June 1995, pp.586‑599, [with C. Mulvey and N. Martin].
  • The Economics of Language: International Analyses, Routledge, London, 2007, pp.595+xxv, ISBN 0 415 77181 1, [with B.R. Chiswick].
  • 'Why is the Payoff to Schooling Smaller for Immigrants?', Labour Economics, Vol. 15, No. 6, December 2008, pp.1317-1340, [with B.R. Chiswick].