Journal articles

  1. Akita, K., McLean, B., Park, J., & Thompson, A.L. (in press). Iconicity mediates semantic networks of sound symbolism. To appear in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  2. McLean, B., Dunn, M., & Dingemanse, M. (2023). Two measures are better than one: Combining iconicity ratings and guessing experiments for a more nuanced picture of iconicity in the lexicon. Language and Cognition, 1-24. doi:10.1017/langcog.2023.9. 🏆 Best PhD paper at SLE 2021 🧵Summary 📊 Slides
  3. McLean, B. (2021). Revising an implicational hierarchy for the meanings of ideophones, with special reference to Japonic. Linguistic Typology, 25(3), 507–549. ✨ Shiny App
  4. Smith, H. A., Giacon, J., & McLean, B. (2017). A community development approach using free online tools for language revival in Australia. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 1–20.

Book chapters

  1. McLean, B., & Dingemanse, M. (in press). A multi-methods toolkit for documentary research on ideophones. In Williams, J.P. (Ed), Capturing Expressivity. Oxford University Press. Preprint at
  2. Akita, K., & McLean, B. (2021). Onsyootyoo-tikaku-no niti/ei-taisyoo: Imi-tizu-ni yoru kentoo [A contrastive study of Japanese and English speakers’ sound-symbolic perception: A semantic-map approach]. In K. Shinohara & R. Uno (Eds.), Zikken-ninti-gengogaku [Progress in experimental cognitive linguistics] (pp. 165–189). Hitsuji Shobo.
  1. McLean, B. (2022, August). Iconicity in language change. Babel Linguistic Horizons. 🧵Summary

Conference presentations

  1. McLean, B. (2022, August 22). What’s in a name? On the persistence of motivated form-meaning mappings in lexicons. ✨Invited plenary at Societas Linguistica Europaea 55, Bucharest, Romania.
  2. McLean, B. (2019, May 3 – 5). The diachronic stability of Japanese ideophones and the iconicity-systematicity relationship. Paper presented at the 12th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, Lund, Sweden.


  1. McLean, B. (2019). One form, many meanings: Iconicity in phonological and semantic development. Honours thesis, Australian National University


  1. McLean, B. Icotools. Python Package Index. Available at:


  1. McLean, B. (2019). A Multimedia Encyclopedia of Mundari Expressives
  2. McLean, B. (2018). Mundari Ideophones. PARADISEC (Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures)

Teaching Materials

  1. R Cheatsheet🌐
  2. Making and running experiments in R Shiny. Summary🧵. Slides 📊. Code 🧑‍💻.

Unpublished reports

  1. Report on Gamilaraay Demonstratives, work with John Giacon.
  2. Memrise for Indigenous Languages, work with Jane Simpson and the Papulu Apparr-kari Aboriginal Corporation. See also the 📒 handbook and 📊 poster. Example memrise courses include the Warumungu memrise course (now run by Randall Morrison), Warlmanpa picture course, and Gamilaraay word of the day (now run by John Giacon and Hilary Smith).
  3. A Learner’s Guide to Wayilan, with Melissa Kirby.