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Transdisciplinary & Innovation Grants announced for 2019

Date: 18 April 2019

The following projects have been awarded funding this year's Transdisciplinary and Innovation Grants round: 


Project: Indian English in the diaspora: A study investigating linguistic modification among new migrants in Australia and the UK

Olga Maxwell, University of Melbourne & Elinor Payne, University of Oxford

English is notable for its extensive dialectal variation across very diverse speech communities globally. This study examines Indian English spoken in two diverse diaspora locations, Melbourne, Australia and Oxford, the UK, both with large diaspora communities. Indian English is of interest because of the extensive number of its speakers around the world as well as the documented presence of distinct set of pronunciation features making it undoubtedly ‘Indian’. We investigate how recently-arrived speakers of Indian English adapt to two diverse linguistic contexts, which phonetic features they retain signalling their ‘Indian identity’, and which features of the local dialect they adopt.

Project: Towards an extensible, open-source picture dictionary template and processing system

Nay San, Stanford University

While smartphones have made it trivial to deliver media-enriched text data, the time and labour required for producing well-curated language, audio, and graphics can still be highly cost-prohibitive. Further, even once the language and multimedia data are collected, there remain significant time and personnel costs to process, assemble, and present these data within a mobile-friendly format. Through the digital transformation of two print picture dictionaries and open-sourcing the data entry template, illustrations, and the data processing pipeline, this project will alleviate a significant number of these costs, facilitating the production of digital picture dictionaries for languages across Australia and beyond.

Project: Digital IDS

Nicole TraynorWestern Sydney University / MARCS Institute

As more people work longer hours in jobs away from home, they turn to using methods of digital communication (e.g., Facetime, Skype) to stay connected with their loved ones. But what impact does that have on communication? Specifically, does a mother’s speech to her baby differ when she uses digital communication compared to face-to-face communication? This project will investigate how digital communication affects infant-directed speech across the first year of life.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University