Associate Professor Louise Ravelli

BA (Hons) Syd; MPhil, PhD Birmingham
School of the Arts & Media


+61 2 9385 2420
Room 311N, Level 3, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus



    • Ravelli LJ;McMurtrie RJ, 2016, Multimodality in the built environment: Spatial discourse analysis,
    • Ravelli L; Paltridge B; Starfield S, (eds.), 2014, Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts
    • Ravelli L, 2006, Museum Texts: Communication Frameworks, 1, Routledge, London and New York
    • Ravelli LJ; Ellis RA, (eds.), 2004, Analysing Academic Writing, Continuum, UK
    • VandenBergen A; Taverniers M; Ravelli L, (eds.), 2003, Grammatical metaphor: views from systemic functional linguistics, Original, John Nenjamins, Amsterdam
    • Ravelli L, 1999, Metaphor,Mode and Complexity: an exploration of co-varying patterns;, Original, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
    • Ravelli L;Ferguson L;MacLulich C, 1995, Meanings and messages: language guidelines for museum exhibitions, The Australian Museum, Sydney, Sydney
    • Davies M; Ravelli L, (eds.), 1992, Advances in Systemic Linguistics: Recent Theory and Practice, Pinter, UK

    Book Chapters

    • Ravelli L;McMurtrie RJ, 2017, 'Networked places as a communicative resource: a social-semiotic analysis of a redesigned university library', in Carvalho L; Goodyear P; de Laat M (ed.), Place-based spaces for networked learning, Routledge, New York, pp. 111 - 130
    • Ravelli L, 2016, 'Navigating the gap between text and context in visual analysis: foregrounding and intersemiosis', in Almeida D (ed.), Novas Perspectivas em Análise Visual: Do Texto ao Contexto (New Perspectives in Visual Analysis: from text to context), Mercado de Letras, Brazil, pp. 19 - 36
    • Ravelli L;Paltridge B;Starfield S, 2014, 'Diversity in Creative and Performing Arts doctoral writing: a way forward', in Ravelli L; Paltridge B; Starfield S (ed.), Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts, pp. 389 - 406
    • Starfield S;Paltridge B;Ravelli L, 2014, 'Researching academic writing: What textography affords', in International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, pp. 103 - 120,
    • Starfield S;Ravelli LJ;Paltridge B;Tuckwell K;Nicholson S, 2014, 'Genre in the creative-practice doctoral thesis: Diversity and unity', in Garzone G; Ilie C (ed.), Genres and genre theory in transition, BrownWalker Press, Boca Raton, Florida USW, pp. 89 - 105,
    • Starfield S;Paltridge B;Ravelli L, 2012, ''Why do we have to write?': Practice-based theses in the visual and performing arts and the place of writing', in Linguistic Insights, pp. 169 - 190
    • Ravelli L, 2010, 'Systemic-Functional Linguistics', in Malmkjaer K (ed.), Routledge Encyclopedia of Linguistics, edn. 2, Routledge, London UK, pp. 524 - 537
    • Ravelli L, 2008, 'Analysing Space: Adapting and Extending Multimodal Frameworks', in Unsworth L (ed.), Multimodal Semiotics: Functional Analysis in Contexts of Education, edn. 1, Continuum, London, pp. 15 - 49
    • Ravelli L;Stenglin M, 2008, 'Feeling Space: Interpersonal Communication and Spatial Semiotics', in Antos G; Ventola E (ed.), Handbook of Interpersonal Communication, edn. 1, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 355 - 396
    • Ravelli L, 2005, 'Shopping with ranks', in Hasan R; Matthiessen C; Webster JJ (ed.), Continuing Discourse on Language: A Functional Perspective, edn. 1, Equinox Publishing, London, pp. 155 - 158
    • Ravelli L, 2004, 'Signalling the organization of written texts: hyper-Themes in management and history essays', in Ravelli L; Ellis RA (ed.), Analysing Academic Writing: Contextualized Frameworks, edn. First, Continuum Publishing Co, London, pp. 104 - 130
    • Ravelli L, 2003, 'Renewal of connection: Integrating theory and practice in an understanding of grammatical metaphor', in Grammatical metaphor: views from systemic functional linguistics, edn. Original, John Nenjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 37 - 64
    • Ravelli L, 2000, 'Getting Started with Functional Analysis of Texts', in Researching language in schools and communities: Functional linguistic perspectives., edn. Original, Cassell, London, pp. 27 - 64
    • Ravelli L, 1998, 'The consequences of choices: discursive positioning in an art institution', in Linguistic Choice Across Genres: variation in spoken and written English, edn. Original, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, pp. 137 - 154
    • Ravelli L, 1988, 'Grammatical metaphor: an initial analysis', in Steiner EH; Veltman R (ed.), Pragmatics, Discourse and Text: Some systemically-inspired approaches, Pinter Publishers, London, pp. 133 - 147

    Journal articles

    • Ravelli L, 2016, 'Using a model of verbal art to analyse the visual: Analysing multimodal texts in secondary English', English in Australia, vol. 51, pp. 32 - 40
    • Ravelli L;Heberle VM, 2016, 'Bringing a museum of language to life: the use of multimodal resources for interactional engagement in the Museu da Língua Portuguesa, Brazil', Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada, vol. 16, pp. 521 - 546,
    • Ravelli L, 2014, 'Analise do espaco: adaptacao e ampliacao de esquemas multimodais.', Matraga 34: Estudos Linguisticos e Literarios, vol. 21, pp. 206 - 227
    • Ravelli L, 2014, 'The Objects of Experience: Transforming Visitor-Object Encounters in Museums', Visitor Studies, vol. 17, pp. 225 - 227,
    • Ravelli L;Paltridge B;Starfield S;Tuckwell K, 2013, 'Extending the notion of 'text': The visual and performing arts doctoral thesis', Visual Communication, vol. 12, pp. 395 - 422,
    • Almeida D;Ravelli L, 2013, 'Interview with Louise Ravelli', Ilha do Desterro, pp. 233 - 247,
    • Ravelli L, 2012, 'Review: David Banks, The Development of Scientific Writing: Linguistic Features and Historical Context (Equinox, 2008)', English for Specific Purposes, vol. 31, pp. 284 - 285,
    • Paltridge B;Starfield S;Ravelli LJ;Tuckwell K, 2012, 'Change and stability: Examining the macrostructures of doctoral theses in the visual and performing arts', Journal of English for Academic Purposes, vol. 11, pp. 332 - 344,
    • Ravelli LJ;Starfield S, 2008, 'Typography and disciplinary identity in academic writing', Information Design Journal, vol. 16, pp. 133 - 147,
    • Starfield S;Ravelli LJ, 2006, '"The writing of this thesis was a process that I could not explore with the positivistic detachment of the classical sociologist"', Journal of English for Academic Purposes, vol. 5, pp. 222 - 243,
    • Ravelli L, 2006, 'Genre and the Museum Exhibition', Linguistics and the Human Sciences, vol. 2.2, pp. 289 - 317
    • Ravelli LJ, 2000, 'Beyond shopping: Constructing the Sydney Olympics in three-dimensional text', Text, vol. 20, pp. 489 - 515,
    • Ravelli L, 2000, 'Retrospective: Looking Back at 20th Century Advertising', Currents-Colgate-Palmolive Staff Magazine, pp. 4 - 6
    • Ravelli L, 1998, 'Review of Mohsen Ghadessy (ed.), Thematic Development in English Textx in Functions of Language', Functions of Language, pp. 100 - 103
    • Ravelli LJ, 1996, 'Making Language Accessible: Successful Text Writing for Museum Visitors', Linguistics and Education, vol. 8, pp. 367 - 387,

    Conference Papers

    • Ravelli L, 2001, 'Matching Purpose with Substance: Adding a Meaning Interface to Usability Studies', in A Conference to Explore the Challenges for Workplaces, Colleges and Universities, A Conference to Explore the Challenges for Workplaces, Colleges and Universities, Sept Conrad Jupiters Gold Coast, presented at A Conference to Explore the Challenges for Workplaces, Colleges and Universities, Sept Conrad Jupiters Gold Coast, 02 - 04 September 2001
    • Ravelli L, 1998, 'Making meaning: how, what and why?', in Museums making meaning - communication by design, Museums making meaning: communication by design. Papers from the Museums Australia Inc (NSW) 1997 State Conference, pp. 2 - 11, presented at Museums making meaning: communication by design. Papers from the Museums Australia Inc (NSW) 1997 State Conference, 01 January 1998

    Edited Books

    • 2014, Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts, Libri Publishing, Faringdon, Oxfordshire


Course Convenor:

MDIA1002, Media Industry Contexts

ARTS2094, Visual Communication

Professional contribution

I act as a reviewer for a variety of academic journals, including Visual Communication; International Journal of Art and Design; Museum Anthropology; English for Special Purposes; Linguistics and the Human Sciences, Instructional Science. I also act as a thesis examiner for Masters and Doctoral theses.