Our Team

The MLT is made up of permanent, part-time and contract staff who bring a large range of expertise and experience to the projects we work on. Based out of the University of Adelaide and working across the length and breadth of South Australia, the MLT prides itself on expertise from not only linguistics but also the education sectors, health sectors, community advocacy sectors and cultural and language experts.

Ms Karina Lester

Aboriginal Co-Manager & Senior Aboriginal Language Worker

(08) 8313 0707

Karina is a Yankunytjatjara Anangu woman who grew up on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) in the Far North West of South Australia.  In her spare time she works as an Anangu Interpreter and Translator for the Western Desert Language that covers a large area of the State.  Karina is very passionate about maintaining her Aboriginal Language and about hearing from other South Australian Aboriginal people on how they would like to maintain their languages. Karina hosts a weekly radio show Nganampa Wangka which talks about language activities in the state. Tune into Radio Adelaide on 101.5fm Fridays 7–8pm.


Dr Paul Monaghan

Manager & Senior Linguist

(08) 8313 0790

Paul is a foundational member of the MLT and has worked on a wide range of language and culture documentation and revitalisation projects in Australia and overseas. He has significant experience providing expert linguistic anthropological opinion in Native Title matters and performing social analysis in Aboriginal communities. His current focus is on the Far North region of South Australia, incuding the Yankunytjatjara, Lower Arrernte, Arabana, and Wangkangurru languages.


Ms Eleanor McCall

Project Linguist

Eleanor completed a BA in Linguistics and Mandarin Chinese at the University of Adelaide. She has post-graduate qualifications in Community Development and has a working knowledge of AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language). Eleanor develops language learning resources and databases for multiple languages in her role with the Mobile Language Team.


Celeste Humphris


Celeste grew up in the Adelaide Hills. She studied a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide, and Honours (Linguistics) at the University of Queensland. She has worked on community lead language projects since 2015 at MLT in South Australia and at Ngukurr Language Centre in the Northern Territory. Celeste works on various projects at MLT, including making language learning resources, providing language documentation training, and mentoring junior MLT staff members.


Ms Lakota Milera-Weetra

Aboriginal Language Worker

Lakota is a proud Arabana woman working to document and revive her language. Lakota has a keen passion for the arts, which she brings into many aspects of her work. Currently, she is developing language learning resources including flashcards and children’s books.


Mr Suvam Sinha

Project Linguist 

Suvam completed his Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Psychology. He started interning with the MLT and gained the relevant skills to build databases and language learning resources. In July 2020, he was employed by the MLT and is currently creating content for our Online Language Learning Portal and constructing databases for multiple languages including Karangura, Ooldea and Ngamini. In his spare time, Suvam enjoys travelling and outdoor activities with his friends.


Ms Sophie Caon

Project Linguist 

Sophie completed her Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics and Spanish) in 2020. Her favourite part of the degree was her internship with the MLT. Sophie commenced her employment in July 2020. Sophie builds databases and creates language learning resources, which allows her to incorporate her interest in graphic design. Sophie also loves cats.