Dr Arvind Iyengar

Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Arvind Iyengar

Phone: +61 2 6773 4241

Email: arvind.iyengar@une.edu.au


Arvind’s research interests lie in the domains of writing systems and literacy, sociolinguistics, phonetics and phonology, and language and dialect description.

Much of his recent work has been on the Sindhi language of South Asia, from grapholinguistic (script and orthography), phonological and sociolinguistic perspectives. His current research interests include:

  • Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics from historical-sociolinguistic as well as grapholinguistic perspectives;
  • The history of the Roman (Latin) alphabet as used for the languages of the Indian Subcontinent.

In addition, for several years now, Arvind has been documenting his native language, the Hebbar Iyengar variety of Tamil, not to mention creating pedagogical material in the language, along with community members, for popular use and reference.

Arvind is also active in refining and implementing pedagogical methods and innovations in online teaching, especially in providing content through multiple modes that offer students choice and facilitate access for students with disabilities.

For a full CV, including latest grants, publications and non-traditional research outputs, please click here.


BE (Mech.) (Pune), MAppLing (Hons.) (New England), PhD (New England)

Teaching Areas

LING353/LING553 The English Language

LING365/LING565 Phonetics and Phonology

LING369/LING569 Morphology and Syntax

LING450/LING550 The Design of Language

LING451/LING551 Issues in Applied Linguistics

LING150/LING350 Communicating in Culturally Diverse Contexts

Research Supervision Experience

Arvind is available for Higher Degree Research supervision in the areas listed below (not exhaustive):

Supervision Areas

  • descriptive (graphemic and graphetic) and sociolinguistic (historical and contemporary) analyses of orthographies, scripts and writing systems
  • the phonemic-graphemic interface
  • diglossia/digraphia and domain complementarity in language and script use
  • literacy practices and acquisition in multilingual settings
  • documentation and description of Indo-Aryan and Dravidian languages and dialects.