Dr Peter

Dr Peter Kipka


College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Allied Health

Department of Community and Clinical Allied Health

HS1-341, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (Hons), BSc, Dip Ed, PhD



Membership of professional associations

Member of the Australian Linguistics Society, Member of the Linguistic Society of America

Area of study

Speech Pathology

Brief profile

As the linguist in the School, Dr Kipka has as his primary teaching and research responsibility the topic of the linguistics of normal and disordered communication.  After completing undergraduate studies in mathematics, linguistics and Romance philology, Dr Kipka pursued his interest in the formal investigation of language by undertaking a PhD at MIT. His thesis, concentrating on Slavic aspect and its implications for Universal Grammar, was undertaken in an atmosphere of interaction between the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He has taught at several universities in the US and in Australia, principally in syntax, phonetics, phonology, morphology and formal semantics, but also in the areas of cognition, literacy and first language acquisition.  At La Trobe, he continues to introduce speech pathology and audiology students to foundational concepts in grammar, phonetics and phonology, and to research the clinical implications of models of the language faculty.

Recent publications

Books and Book Chapters

Kipka, P.F. (2002). Slavic passives, Bantu passives and human cognition. In M. Amberber & P. Collins (Eds.) Language Universals and Variation, London: Praeger 

Refereed Journal Articles

Kipka, P.F. (2014) “Jawsome!” – linguistic evidence for dual route models of language” In L Gawne & J Vaughan (eds) Selected papers from the 44th conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013. Melbourne: University of Melbourne. 283-294.

Kipka, P.F., (2009), Bimodality: using assessment tasks to identify and monitor key troublesome concepts. In J. Milton, C. Hall, J. Lang, G. Allan & M. Nomikoudis (eds). ATN Assessment Conference 2009: Assessment in Different Dimensions. Conference Proceedings. 216-224.

Kipka, P.F. (with Z.Mok), (2009), Lexical-semantic immaturities manifesting as grammatical disorders: evidence from a child language sample. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics 23 (11), 808-824.

Kipka, P.F. (with B.Joffe), (2006), Re-viewing the LARSP framework from a twenty-first century perspective. ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 8, 60-62.

Kipka, P.F. (with B.Joffe), (2005), A case study of linguistic/speech pathology collaboration, ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech, Language and Hearing, 7, 125-127.

Shokouhi, H. & Kipka, P.F., (2003), A discourse study of Persian RA, Lingua, 113, 953-966

Audiovisual Resources

Boehm, D., Daley, G., Harvey, S., Hawkins, A., & Tsap, B. (2005). LARSP users manual. Melbourne: La Trobe University.  Project supervised by P.Kipka


Research projects


  • Clinical implications of spectrographic analysis of disordered speech
  • Dual route processing of normal and disordered language